The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco may soon be $60,000 richer thanks to a new fundraising drive backed up by a matching grant.
Any donations made to the museum until Sept. 15 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $30,000, by a fund created by the family of the late Charles M. Schulz.
“The Schulz family have been friends of the museum for more than 25 years and we’re extremely grateful for the boost to our spring and summer fundraising efforts,” CAM executive director Summerlea Kashar said in a statement.
Schulz’s nickname was “Sparky,” and the donation drive has been dubbed the “Sparky Challenge.”
Schulz first donated to the museum himself in 1987 and continued to support the cartoon collections until his death in 2002, Kashar said.
His family has continued his legacy by supporting the museum, according to Kashar.
Kashar said the museum plans to use the funds for existing educational programs such as animation classes, as well as upcoming exhibits, including “Green Lantern, 70 Years of Archie Comics.”
Those wishing to donate to the Sparky Match may visit www.cartoonart.org, call (415) 227-8666 or send a contribution by mail to the museum at 655 Mission St., San Francisco, 94105.