TRAVELING GUITAR FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.84 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 3587 Highway 9 N #433 Freehold NJ 07728 USA

Mission: The mission of the Traveling Guitar Foundation is to provide musical equipment, guitar clinics, and support for our communities’ music education programs. Since 2010, the Foundation has worked tirelessly to ensure that elementary, middle and high school students have access to high-quality musical instruments and comprehensive instruction to assist in their intellectual and social development.
Target demographics: Inner city / underprivileged schools throughout the USA. Elementary, Middle and Highschool level.8 - 17 years old
Geographic areas served: USA
Programs: Music Education Programs
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I got to see first hand the joy that the school kids had when they saw what the traveling guitar foundation was donating to the schools music program. To see the way the kids had a chance to interact with the musicians was great.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been donating to the traveling guitar foundation for years and have even attended a school event. Before I ever do anything for a non profit I always look into them completely, the reviews below are a complete scam, they actually sound like a jealous x girlfriend. There a 501C3, everything is public knowledge, even the tax returns.. I met Damon Marks at the event and he was very enthusiastic about the foundation and helping children.. Be careful of what others say, it's a shame people resort to lies to hurt such a great cause.

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I originally wrote a positive review for this organization and then I started to question their integrity after many things happened that I was not feeling good about. I won't go into the details but rather just implore people who want to support an organization to really look into what they do and who is in charge and where the money is ACTUALLY going. Don't just read their website and take them for their word. Read up on them, check sites like this one as well as other non profit websites that allow others to give feedback who have dealt with the organization in the past.

ASK QUESTIONS. Be 100% sure of where your donation is going and find out if the founder is true to his/her word.

I not only gave this organization a cash donation, but items for them to make money on, as well as constant social media sound bites on Twitter, G+ and Facebook. In the end, I felt taken. I've tried to contact Damon and others in the organization only to be ignored. It's a great learning experience for me and I hope others will learn before they give to TGF as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Question his Board of Directors where your donations are going, although he has removed his BOD of his TGF website, so good luck with that. I'd say question Damon himself, but you will probably never get an answer so that's useless. I'd love to say he's a great guy, but he's just another person taking advantage of people who want to do something good for what feels like a good cause. In the end, I think TGF is a cover for Damon Marks getting his own perks.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned of the Traveling Guitar Foundation through Google+. As an artist and wife of a musician, I was immediately drawn to their wonderful gift of music education in schools. I was fortunate enough to be asked to donate artwork for a fundraiser of theirs in Los Angeles just this past summer. What a lovely group of people to meet! They are incredibly passionate about their cause and they give not only with their time and money, but most importantly, with their hearts. I donated 10% of my sales of my very first art show to them last spring and I continue to offer 10% of my sales on Fine Art America. What they do is so very important for our next generation, but also for the teachers and the schools who obviously benefit from their contributions and are able to see these kids shine. Bravo to TGF! They are an amazing group!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more satellite offices throughout the U.S. where more people can get the word out and more schools can benefit from their program.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an avid musician, I've always seen the benefits of Music in Schools, and the Traveling Guitar Foundation does a great job of getting instruments in the hands of kids.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Traveling Guitar Foundation fills an important void in today's schools that are cutting back on music education. Matt Gibson is a veteran and we love it how he's using his platform for kids and veterans alike...

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I just found out about this nonprofit and it sounds great! I am always interested on helping musicians or people that are interested on music. This foundation really sounds like it is needed on many places.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know yet...

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Unsure

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out as a volunteer and now I am a member of the Board of Directors. Traveling Guitar Foundation is an AMAZING organization! We have encouraged so many kids, teens and young adults to develop their passion for music! Times are tough! The arts are getting cut from the schools due to financial constraints. Traveling Guitar is here to make sure that our youth have an outlet in music and to encourage them to pursue their dreams and develop their talents. I am HONORED to be a part of such an amazing organization!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more amazing people willing to donate their time and financial resources to give us more opportunities to reach our youth!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When you realize what an impact music has on the development of a child's mind, you have to do everything possible to keep the art alive. Music should be a part of every child's learning experience - they should at least have the chance to hear it, feel it and learn it. Supporting this foundation is one of the best ways to make it happen.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

They are truly Earth Angels giving of themselves to raise hope and love for other generations yet to be . The energy of music that is shared is out of their hearts infinitely .

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

take them around this world .

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a proud donor. This nonprofit is my one of my favorites. I consider myself very lucky to have seen a performance at a school where I worked a few years ago. Their mission is simple but a powerful one: Keep the arts in schools.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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