Chalk It Up to Sacramento

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

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$7,500 Goal

Chalk It Up is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1991 who's mission is to support the next generation of Sacramento artists by offering small grants to schools and programs that provide arts education and and youth arts projects. We do this through annual fundraising efforts like a grant fundraiser each Spring and Fall.

We also throw the annual Chalk It Up! Chalk Art and Music Festival at Fremont Park over Labor Day weekend. This festival is a three-day celebration of our local arts community, with live music from local musicians, local food and craft vendors, and artists creating stunning works of chalk art on the sidewalks around Fremont Park. The Chalk It Up Festival is a Sacramento tradition, and remains one of the last free, family-friendly festivals in the region, thanks to the support of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers.


Our mission is to empower and support the next generation of Sacramento artists through targeted art grants for young artists and the programs that inspire them.

Because of generous donor and volunteer support, Chalk It Up is able to fund important school and community youth arts programs throughout the year AND throw the best chalk art festival around! New York Magazine recently described our beloved festival as "amazing!"


Chalk It Up understands the needs of art educators. These needs show no sign of abating. As such, the board of Chalk It Up is dedicated to supporting youth art educators throughout our region. Philanthropic support is absolutely critical in making this happen.

Chalk It Up is at a tipping point. In order to increase the success of the organization, the festival, and the youth art grant program, the time has come to move from a nearly all-volunteer outfit to one with paid staff. After 31 years of growth, Chalk It Up requires dedicated staff time to make sure the festival is successful and sustainable.

Unrestricted funds allow Chalk It Up to respond nimbly to challenges, both large and small. Unrestricted funds were crucial in our efforts at producing a safe, socially distant festival in 2020, and an in-person but reduced capacity festival in 2021. We anticipated we may need to display equal flexibility moving forward.

Professional services such as:

- Attorney to re-write and update bylaws (5-10 hours at $400-$500 per hour)

- CPA for tax services (Annual taxes $500)

The festival requires an average of 200 dedicated volunteers. We also need several volunteers throughout the year for our other programs, such as the High School Self Portrait Show.

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Organization Data


Organization name

Chalk It Up to Sacramento

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Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$50,001 - $100,000

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Other, Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Volunteers


2533 R Street Suite 120, #211
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Sacramento, CA, US

Rancho Cordova, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US

Citrus Heights, CA, US

Carmichael, CA, US



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