The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

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, environmental action and human services 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.

2023 Grant Overview


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Education & Environment

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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

Featured Charities

Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Founded in 1957, the Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres. It is the largest community arts school in the country. It currently serves 13,500 students, puts on 7,500 neighborhood programs and 200 concerts in Chicago, has 6,000 school programs, and hosts the Annual Fretboard Summit, for which Martin is a sponsor.


WoodSongs is a live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make its broadcast on over 500+ radio stations, on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, on every military base and U.S. Naval ship in the world, in millions of TV homes as a public TV series, and Fridays on RFD-TV America’s Most Important Rural Network. In addition to supporting WoodSongs financially, Martin Guitar is the official guitar of the SongFarmers of America Front Porch Movement – a national community of front porch musicians spread out over 97 chapters in U.S., Ireland & Australia.

Meals on Wheels Lehigh Valley

For over 50 years, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley has been passionately committed to serving seniors and adults with disabilities, fostering a sense of well-being and connection within our community. Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley is a private, nonprofit organization serving all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties and portions of Carbon County in Pennsylvania.

Miller Keystone Blood Center

At Miller-Keystone Blood Center, our mission is to save lives by partnering with our community to provide a continuous supply of blood products and services. Miller-Keystone Blood Center is a member of America’s Blood Centers, a national network of independent, nonprofit community blood centers that provide approximately 60% of the blood products transfused in the United States.

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is committed to clinical excellence, research expertise, and community health, and earned a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as one of the first comprehensive cancer centers in the country and one of only 51 in the nation to earn this full designation by the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.

Community Music School

Since 1991, Community Music School has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities, and economic circumstances. Community Music School’s Trappe location holds 20 teaching studios and a 200-seat performance hall. With more than 500 students participating in music programs each week, Community Music School has become the region’s premier resource for the highest quality music education.

A full list of local, regional and national organizations can be found here.


Please send donations in the form of a check to:

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.

Attn: Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

510 Sycamore Street

P.O. Box 329

Nazareth, PA 18064

Make checks out to: Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

Questions? Call 1-888-433-1777