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Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

Nazareth, PA. December 12, 2017.  The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation was established in 1996 by Christian Frederick Martin IV to serve the charitable interests of the Martin Guitar Company (C.F. Martin & Co., Inc). The Foundation supports 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with programs in Foundation target areas. 

The Foundation’s core principles are to support Martin Guitar’s engagement with nonprofit music, arts, education, and environmental action organizations. The Foundation does not fund political or religious organizations or activity. The Trustees manage the Foundation’s assets conservatively to allow for long-term planning, and seek best value from Foundation grant-making for the people and causes that their grantees serve. 

Today, the Foundation announced 2017 grants to Lehigh Valley and national organizations.

Lehigh Valley organizations receiving Foundation support include: Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, ArtsQuest, Godfrey Daniels, DaVinci Science Center, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Moravian Historical Society, Muhlenberg College, New Bethany Ministries, Northampton Community College Foundation, State Theatre Center for the Arts, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, WDIY-FM, and several other Nazareth-area and Lehigh Valley charities.

The Foundation also announced grants to national organizations, including: American Red Cross for Puerto Rico hurricane relief, Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN), Folk Alliance International (Kansas, City, MO), Guitars in the Classroom, Musical Instrument Museum (Scottsdale, AZ), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), International Bluegrass Music Museum (Owensboro, KY), Museum of Making Music (Carlsbad, CA), NAMM Foundation (Carlsbad, CA), Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL), Philadelphia Folksong Society, Southern Folklife Center at University of North Carolina, WHYY-FM, Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa, OK), and several other organizations.

Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has distributed more than $2,583,473 million in grants, including $343,705 in 2017.


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