Giving Back for Good

It’s our way of saying thank you. Started in 1996 by C. F. Martin IV, the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation supports causes we believe in by giving to nonprofit music, arts, education, and environmental action groups. Foundation trustees manage assets conservatively to promote long-term planning. We seek to achieve the best value from our grant-making for the people and causes grantees serve.


Please note: The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation does not fund political or religious organizations.

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Lehigh Valley and regional organizations receiving Foundation support in 2019 were: Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Rescue Mission, Allentown Symphony Association, ArtsQuest, Community Music School, Da Vinci Science Center, Godfrey Daniels, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Moravian Historical Society, Muhlenberg College, New Bethany Ministries, Northampton Community College Foundation, PBS 39, State Theatre Center for the Arts, WDIY-FM, and several other Lehigh Valley charities. In Nazareth, the Foundation supported the YMCA, Memorial Library, Nazareth Area Food Bank, and several other Nazareth-area charities.

The Foundation also made grants to national organizations with strong arts presence and programs in acoustic guitar education and research: Guitars in the Classroom (San Diego, Calif.), International Bluegrass Music Museum (Owensboro, Ky.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix, Ariz.), Museum of Making Music (Carlsbad, Calif.), Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, Ill.), Southern Folklife Collection at University of North Carolina, WHYY (Philadelphia), Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa, Okla.), and several other organizations.