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Guitars not Guns

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Music, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development

Mission: Provide guitars and lessons to foster kids, at risk youth and other deserving children in a classroom setting with qualified teachers

Results: Kids and teens are served across the USA and Canada. Our program is open to thousands of kids at Boy's & Girl's Clubs, community centers, teen centers, schools and churches.

Target demographics: Underprivileged kids an youth that may engage in gang activity.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Students 500

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Lessons given on a 8-week schedule through out the year. We help kids that can't be with their parents, at least for a while.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Elizabeth T.


Rating: 4

I purchased a t shirt with the proceeds going to the organization. I am pleased with my purchase and believe that this is an excellent cause that is worthy of further funding.



Rating: 5

I organized a two day festival called M.A.i.M./Ed. Fest (musicians alliance in music education) with proceeds to go to GNG. All people involved were a pleasure to work with and offered help in anyway they could. I see their continued dedication constantly)


Rating: 5

Giving our youth a positive program such as Guitars Not Guns, allows them to seek a positive after-school experience that not only keeps them off the streets and out of trouble, it also gives them the opportunity to discover and develop a talent they may otherwise have never known they had. The Guitars Not Guns program not only teaches them how to play a guitar, it even provides them with a guitar so that they can continue to play even after they have outgrown the classes. This is a wonderful way to keep children engaged in a positive activity and keeps them away from gangs, drugs, guns, etc. at no cost to the child or family.



Rating: 5

GnG is an amazing organization, and the particular chapter of which I am a member has an amazing back-story. A dear friend of mine was lost to gun violence at a young age. His kindness and talent with music will never be forgotten, and Guitars not Guns provides an avenue for such tribute to the unfairly departed.


Rating: 5

I've been donating guitars, repair work and time to GnG for a couple of years now. They are a fantastic organization. I've seen them grow in the local area from a few classes to an organization that is helping hundreds of kid each session through the region. The kids really seem to get fulfillment out of learning to play an instrument.