Robert was selected by the Race Track Chaplaincy in 2015 at the White Horse Awards as their Community Service recipient for his continual contributions to organizations throughout the racing industry over the past two decades.
"These organizations do such more for the horses and so many people, I am honored to be able to contribute to their causes through my artwork."
I have visited many of these organizations and witnessed first-hand the great work of the people doing the hands on work of these charities. While I am constantly asked to donate to a seemingly endless list of causes; I have been able to concentrate my support for several organizations involved in a wide array of activities both inside and out of the thoroughbred racing industry.
While I have made a conscious decision to work full time in the sport of horse racing, I am able to contribute to causes that benefit four major areas:
- The people who support this sport
- The jockeys
- The horses
- Various non-equine charities many of which are spearheaded by my racing clients
The reward for answering a solicitation request is the "exposure" the artist receives by having their artwork at these events.
The artist GIVES because he or she WANTS to GIVE to a select cause that is important to that artist. In my experience, as the head of several art organizations and as the host of a public television show on the arts, I’ve seen more artists who could benefit from a fundraiser than any other "profession". With all that being said, I can proudly say that it is my pleasure and my privilege to be able to contribute to the people and horses in this great thoroughbred industry and look forward to continuing to do so as long as positive work can be accomplished for the common good.
As of 2017
In addition to live painting at events for charities, during 2017 Robert Clark is donating 10% of revenues from sales / commissions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Robert’s live paintings for charity and donations have raised over $350,000 for organizations such as:
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
Old Friends Race Farms
Ocala Farm Managers - Call to Post
Race Track Chaplaincy - White Horse Awards and Race for Grace
Race for Education
Anna House / Belmont Child Care Association
Barbaro Fund of Equine Health and Safety Research
The New Bolton Center
Alex's Lemonade Stand
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund PDJF
Thoroughbred Charities of America TCA
National Turf Writer's Awards
University of Florida Veterinary School
Additionally, Robert's prints are used as auction items by several additional organizations and add to the total dollars raised for charity.