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March 3, 2010; The Statesman Journal | Innovative approaches to philanthropy always catch our eye. This is a nice story about an Oregon man who is giving away paintings to nonprofits so that they may auction them off as fundraisers. Robert Maestre, an Oregon Department of Transportation planning manager, who just so happens to have collected around 180 paintings over the years is ready to unload some of his collection and help local nonprofits while he’s at it. The bulk of his collection is by Baltimore artist, Anthony Jeffery, a strange character who lived with his parents but died in 1995. He only sold one or two painting while he was alive. After purchasing the bulk of Jeffrey’s collection on his credit card in 2003 thinking he’d do something with all the paintings some day. Nonprofits can make appointments with Maestre directly to potentially select a work to auction. The paintings are worth varying amounts of money from a couple hundred dollars to one thousand.—Kristin Barrali