Dennis Lakusta: Advocacy & Fundraising

Listed below are several rights and environmental organizations which best mirror and exemplify the ethos of the A.V.A. Renaissance Initiative. Visitors to this site are heartily encouraged to click onto the website addresses provided and familiarize themselves with the good works these organizations are involved with and to help support them with your donations and memberships. (Each organization has been personally contacted by Dennis and has given their approval of the A.V.A. Renaissance website and the permission to use their names and logos).

#1 – BC Civil Liberties Assoc.

The BC Civil Liberties Association was established in 1962 and is the oldest and most active civil liberties group in Canada. We are funded by the Law Foundation of B.C. and by citizens who believe in what we do. Our mandate is to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in Canada. We achieve our mandate through our Advocacy in Action, Public Policy, Community Education, and Justice programs. The BCCLA is an autonomous, non-partisan charitable society. Though we strive to work cooperatively with other groups on common causes, we are unaffiliated with any other organization or political group. Our independence has been one of the BCCLA’s enduring strengths for over 50 years.

Click here for the BCCLA Website:

#2 – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute, and the leading progressive voice in Canada’s public policy debates.

The CCPA–BC Office is committed to a socially, economically and environmentally just BC. We aim to make progressive ideas the driving force behind mainstream thinking, and to offer a new and hopeful vision to meet the key challenges of our time.


Click here for the CCPA’s website:

#3 – A.U.M. Film & Media

Cowspiracy Film Logo

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean "dead zones," and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Click here for the Cowspiracy Website:

#4 – Silva Forest Foundation

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As young people, we saw what human beings were doing to this world, and we worried about how the future would unfold.

We knew then, that we wanted to dedicate our lives to working for a world where future generations would not be at war over clean air and water; a world where a bird's song would not be just a memory; a world that incorporates the knowledge and rights of Indigenous peoples; a world full of wildness and life.

Mentoring from many wise Indigenous people across Canada, taught us to connect our hearts with our brains. This lesson lead to the creation of the Silva Forest Foundation. Now our work needs to focus on mentoring and training the next generation in empowering communities to protect nature.

— Herb & Susan Hammond, Silva Forest Foundation co-founders

Click here for the Silva Forest Foundation website:

#5 – Downtown Eastside Women’s Center

Our Mission: The mission of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for women from all walks of life who live in the downtown eastside. DEWC plays a vital role in providing crucial basic services to women seeking refuge and shelter from conditions of poverty and violence in Vancouver’s downtown eastside neighborhood.

About Us: Founded in 1978, The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) is one of the busiest Women’s centers in the country, operating a non-profit Drop-In Centre and Emergency Night Shelter in one of the poorest communities in Canada providing services and supports to over 500 women and children each day. DEWC is unique in that it is one of the only safe spaces within the downtown eastside serving all women and their children regardless of their circumstance.

Click here for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre website:

Fundraising & Donations

Introduction: Limited Edition Prints

The A.V.A. Renaissance Initiative website is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run, non-commercial endeavour…meaning quite simply, nothing on this site is for sale. But in an effort to raise much needed funds for selected registered charities and rights organizations featured in the ‘Advocacy’ section of the website, Dennis Lakusta (the artist) has granted non-exclusive rights to any and all works (displayed within the site) to be used by the A.V.A. Renaissance Initiative for the purposes of fundraising. The site therefore has the permission to act as a go-between or conduit to facilitate the transference of donations (in lieu of a purchase price for the limited edition prints) from the donor directly to the registered charity. At no time will any outside monies or donations come in contact with the A.V.A. Renaissance website or any of its volunteers.

Here’s how it works

Note: Making a donation to one of the above listed registered charities and receiving a limited edition print as a gift (in lieu of a purchase price) are two parts of one whole... they are inseparable. If you wish to make a suggested donation (see grid below) to the registered charity, you will receive, as a gift, a limited edition print.  If, on the other hand, you wish to acquire a limited edition print, you will be asked to forward the suggested donation directly to the charity. The following section explains the process or the prospective donors can simply contact the website, leave their contact information, and a volunteer can help walk the donor step by step through the process.

When entering each gallery you will notice a colourful array of ‘thumbnails’ (small images) which precedes the ‘slide-show’ presentation. After selecting the particular image you wish to acquire (from the slide-show) please return to the ‘thumbnails’ and locate that image. Next place the cursor on that ‘thumbnail’ and all the information on that image will appear including the file number, the title of the image and the size of the image (in inches). Jot this information down. At the bottom of this introduction (scroll up) you will notice a grid containing the various sizes of the limited edition prints on the site and a suggested donation corresponding to that print size. Simply take the size of the print you wish to acquire (from the thumbnail info) and match it to the sizes contained in the grid. That will give you the suggested donation for that print.

The suggested donation is essentially the appraised value of the print based upon the size (in inches), quality of the print and inks, and how many copies are available in that edition. Each image displayed in all four collections within the site will be signed and numbered by the artist and will be limited to only 95 (ninety five) copies world-wide. Each signed and numbered print will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity listing the technical specifications of the print as well as a declaration stating that no more that 95 (ninety five) copies of that image will be issued. And lastly, a data base of all limited edition prints will be created and managed by the A.V.A. Renaissance Initiative website to ensure oversight and the integrity of the process.

The term ‘suggested donation’ itself suggests some flexibility in the amount of the individual donation…the primary objective is to raise funds for the registered charities and rights organizations without adhering too rigidly to a set donation structure (which also accommodates those on a budget). But at the same time - and in accordance with the spirit of the website’s intentions - anyone interested in acquiring a signed/numbered limited edition print must bear in mind that the amount of the donation agreed upon - in the event that the donor requests a discount - should remain in the general vicinity of the suggested donation. So discounts on an individual print will be limited to the $100-200 range.

So that pretty much sums it up…if anyone wishes to acquire a S/N print they simply use the contact form provided and send a brief note including the particulars of the print and their phone number. A volunteer from A.V.A. Renaissance will then set up a three-way conversation between the donor, the registered charity and A.V.A. When the transaction is completed, A.V.A. will ship the print to the donor. The cost of printing and shipping will be covered by the core volunteers as their contribution to the process. 
(Click here for Contact Form)

Following table contains print sizes and corresponding suggested donations.

24 x 24" $600   24 x 31" $670   24 x 38" $740   24 x 45" $810
24 x 25" $610   24 x 32" $680   24 x 39" $750   24 x 46" $820
24 x 26" $620   24 x 33" $690   24 x 40" $760   24 x 47" $830
24 x 27" $630   24 x 34" $700   24 x 41" $770   24 x 48" $840
24 x 28" $640   24 x 35" $710   24 x 42" $780   24 x 49" $850
24 x 29" $650   24 x 36" $720   24 x 43" $790   24 x 50" $860
24 x 30" $660   24 x 37" $730   24 x 44" $800