TRAVELING GUITAR FOUNDATION

Keeping Music Education Alive One Student At A Time

aka Traveling Guitar Foundation A Nj Nonprofit Corp   |   Tennent, NJ   |  www.travelingguitarfoundation.org

Mission

The first program to get cut in most public schools is the music program. Music is a vibrant and expressive force which unlocks our creativity and transcends cultural barriers. Children who possess musical proficiency and knowledge of music theory have a greater chance of success in academic disciplines such as math and science. The Traveling Guitar Foundation believes that the rebuilding and fortification of schools’ music education programs is essential to the holistic development of current and future students. Through our efforts, we work to ensure that the equipment we donate is used regularly and properly for the betterment of students’ educational, artistic, and social development. In so doing, we hope to catalyze students’ creativity, foster their intellectual growth, and expose

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Damon Marks

Main address

420 Main Street Suite 394

Tennent, NJ 07763 USA

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EIN

27-1798311

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Save Music In Schools

TGF staff travel to schools whose music programs are in jeopardy and offers FREE music education clinics to the students and staff. Marks, along with other new and established artists showcase the power of music as an artistic platform, cultural force, and enjoyable activity. In these clinics Marks interacts directly with children, provides musical instruction and discusses the importance of attaining an education.

After each clinic, the Foundation donates brand new electric and acoustic guitars, various types of percussion, instrument cable and amplifiers, an 8 to 9 week guitar curriculum to the schools to help them sustain their musical education programs. In addition, Marks and other TGF members offer continued support to the school's administration and music faculty to ensure the donated instruments are being used properly, and regularly, for the betterment of children's intellectual, social and creative skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TGF staff travel to schools whose music programs are in jeopardy and offers FREE music education clinics to the students and staff. Marks, along with other new and established artists showcase the power of music as an artistic platform, cultural force, and enjoyable activity. In these clinics Marks interacts directly with children, provides musical instruction and discusses the importance of attaining an education. After each clinic, the Foundation donates brand new electric and acoustic guitars, various types of percussion, instrument cable and amplifiers, an 8 to 9 week guitar curriculum to the schools to help them sustain their musical education programs. In addition, Marks and other TGF members offer continued support to the school's administration and music faculty to ensure the donated instruments are being used properly, and regularly, for the betterment of children's intellectual, social and creative skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Save Music In Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Save Music In Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of multi-year contracts received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Save Music In Schools

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 was down do to COVID-19

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Develop committees which reflect the four strategic themes, match member skills and interests to committees and evaluate the need to fill committee vacancies with new members.
2. Create action plans for each committee which incorporate the strategic plan goals and objectives as well as other tasks the committee performs.
3. Adjust bylaws as necessary.
4. Recruit new Board members who possess passion and commitment to our mission.
5. Define Board development opportunities and solicit participation.
6. Establish a succession planning process to facilitate transition in leadership

1. Compliance with all legal and accounting standards.
2. Develop a process to obtain annual conflict of interest statements from all Board members
and contractors.
3. Develop plans for grant funding, including grant writing.
4. Initiate a detailed process of budgeting, forecasting, internal controls and risk management.
5. Devise methods to measure progress toward goals and initiatives.
6. Develop a periodic online newsletter through Vertical Response to send out to donors
describing events, current initiatives, accomplishments and other features of TGF.
7. Distribute informational brochures to potential donors.
8. Continue to enhance and update the website to include volunteer opportunities, sponsorship and registration for fundraising events, and to highlight specific programs.
9. Issue press releases and other communication as necessary to stimulate involvement.
10. Create annual reports that reflect how contributions were used.
11. Develop a donor solicitation list.
12. Utilize social media to disseminate updates on TGF school events and promote fundraising campaigns.
13. Form partnerships with corporate sponsors, community stakeholders and other nonprofit organizations.
14. Review and evaluate existing fundraising and other events.
15. Prioritize attendance at targeted community affairs that further the mission and strengthen membership by enhancing the exposure of TGF.

1. Director is a working musician and involved in depth in the music industry
2. Director has an extensive network of music company partnerships which assists in the acquisition of musical equipment
3. Director has extensive knowledge of teaching music to students and has assisted in creating a successful curriculum for music teachers.
4. Board Members have extensive knowledge in fundraising techniques and technology enhancements to promote the organization.
5. Board Members have required skill sets to help strengthen the mission of TGF.
6. Board Member is the web developer for the TGF website and has extensive knowledge of marketing enhancements to promote organization and sponsors on a global level.

External Strengths:
1. Existing Corporate Sponsors that are involved in the mission of TGF for the long term.
2. Existing Schools that have been assisted by TGF willing to promote TGF
3. Music Industry Professionals have committed to help TGF scheduling permitted at various intervals during the year.

Since our inception in 2010 to date the Traveling Guitar Foundation has worked with 65 Elementary, Middle and High School level schools around the United States. The foundation has worked in music clinical environments with over 30,000 students and has worked with music teachers and faculty with our own proprietary 8 week guitar curriculum to teach them guitar offsetting the schools from incurring additional costs. The Traveling Guitar Foundation has donated over 200 electric and acoustic / electric guitars, amplifiers, various types of percussion including full drum sets and instrument cables and electric guitar pickup sets.

For reference please visit: http://travelingguitarfoundation.org/schools.html

Financials

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TRAVELING GUITAR FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Damon Marks

Damon Marks

Traveling Guitar Foundation

Allen Steelgrave

Traveling Guitar Foundation

Matt Gibson

Traveling Guitar Foundation

Scott Blumberg

Traveling Guitar Foundation

Deborah Newman

Traveling Guitar Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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