IF EVER THERE was a worthwhile organization to support, it is The Amati Foundation. The Foundation is designed to be a model for efficiency in philanthropic endeavors, maintaining low operating costs in order to maximize contributor return.

    The Amati Foundation was named in honor of Nicolo Amati (1596-1684), the most famous violinmaker of the Amati family of Cremona, Italy. It is widely believed that the Amati family, through teaching, apprenticeship programs, and professional work, dramatically influenced the lives of Guarneri, Stradivari, Gennaro, Rogeri, and other Italian makers of the time. It is this ability to teach and influence that makes "Amati" the perfect namesake for The Amati Foundation.

William M. Townsend

       The Amati Foundation was founded in 2000 by William M. Townsend, an avid violin enthusiast and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, Bill has developed programs that supported charitable endeavors and the education of young people. As a member of the founding management teams at two publicly-held companies,  Lycos, Inc. and YouthStream Media Networks (now Alloy), he was recognized for his creativity and strategic marketing skills and for introducing the Internet industry's first Children's Advertising Guidelines and an online learning and information exchange platform for college students. He has been involved in the launch or management of over a dozen organizations, including Deja News (now Google.com), GeoCities (now Yahoo!), Powered Outcomes and Interminds. In 2007 he co-authored an article on employee entrepreneurship that was featured in Harvard Businss Review and he holds a MBA in global management from Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University where he has lectured under the John F. Schoen Entrepreneur-In-Residence chair. He earned his BA from The College of Wooster. In his spare time he handcrafts concert quality violins.

     "Those of us who have been successful in life owe it to others to extend a hand. It is our responsibility to provide our children with opportunities to expand their horizons and give them the skills required to compete on a global basis," said Mr. Townsend. "By focusing on exposing children to music instruction, we build self-confidence, interest, knowledge, and self-sufficiency: skills that traditional schooling is failing to address. As our public schools are forced to "teach to the test" the creative exercises that help children expand their learning potential and support skills such as math and reading comprehension are rapidly disappearing. The good news is that it's not too late to turn the tide."

   The Amati Foundation's 2010-2012 Board of Directors is a diverse and dedicated group of professionals interested in supporting educational initiatives. The foundation is led by clinical psychologist and television host Dr. Beryl Huang who serves as Vice Chair and Executive Director;The remaining Board includes: singer/songwriter Jaime Steger, Six Sigma Black Belt R. Douglas Andrews of Freescale Semiconductor; Nashville recording artist Matt King; fundraising executive Kay LeeWoman & Wine founder Kelie Plank; and management consultant Christopher Fortin.


Our Goals

    The Amati Foundation's goals include securing sponsorship of The Amati Foundation Historical Collection. This 20+ year promotional sponsorship is available to corporations, individuals or foundations. As a marketing and public relations vehicle it is expected to reach over 100 million people around the globe. This highly visible program is ideal for sponsorship by corporations, trusts, or benefactors seeking to be involved in a multi-year program that will touch millions of people in dozens of countries and make the arts accessible to hundreds of thousands of children.

    In order to fulfill the requirements of the Educational Program, the Foundation is seeking interested individuals and companies who will assist with sponsorship of instruments. It is also seeking donors of instruments to donate to the Foundation or directly to a young performer either in the U.S. or abroad.

    We continue to move forward with the $150 million Institute of Stringed Instrument Studies program. We have 3 American universities selected in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern California and are exploring partnerships in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.  To learn more, please contact us.

   Finally, The Amati Foundation seeks your support to place high quality instruments for long-term loans with deserving young performers and professionals in need of short-term loans, provide a secure and worthwhile place to donate rare and vintage instruments, and continue our innovative programs. We currently have more than 70 performers seeking outstanding violins, violas, celli--and for the first time we are supporting guitarists--to further their careers. Your donation of cash or an instrument can help make their dreams a reality.



92% of patron dollars go toward education and preservation.

Our goal is to keep annual expenses for administration of the Foundation to 8% of the fund value, including a very low 4% for fundraising efforts. This maximizes the value of your contribution as $92 of every $100 reaches programs. To our knowledge, there has never been a nonprofit arts organization that has been designed from the ground up to be a model in efficiency and cost effectiveness like The Amati Foundation.

     The Amati Foundationís Educational Program is developing a state of the art online music learning portal that will be made available, free of charge, to every public and private elementary school in America, thereby maximizing staff and monetary resources.

     By utilizing technology and the Internet to assist in staff communications and lesson plan development and deployment, plus giving students immediate feedback through online pedagogy, the Foundation can manage its program from a centralized location keeping administrative costs to a minimum, while increasing communication between students, teachers, parents and school administrators.


Your Support Is Crucial

To Our Success

As a patron of The Amati Foundation, the benefits of an instrument or financial contribution are many. From seeing the joy of a 4th grader receive her first viola to watching a 12 year old give his first public performance to knowing that a favorite cello or violin will be preserved for future generations, supporting The Amati Foundation is a sensible way to participate in philanthropic activity that will have a positive effect on future generations and our society.

With your help, her dream of performing in front of a live audience can come true.
     Together we can keep classical music alive, preserve fine instruments, and expand classical musicís influence on the lives of young Americans through effective and meaningful scholastic programs.


make a difference today

We invite your participation. Donations can be made to the address below or electronically via PayPal by clicking on the "Make A Donation" button. 

      Each purchase you make at Amazon.com provides for The Amati Foundation when you use the link on the bottom of our home page. In addition, for every purchase made at The Amati Foundation's online shopping mall, a percentage is returned to the Foundation as cash back. The mall features offers and discounts from over 60 merchants. Visit the online mall by clicking here.

    For additional information please contact us at 512-261-0761 or e-mail info@AmatiFoundation.org.

     The Amati Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your contribution may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.


Thank you.




Download information on The Amati Foundation Historical Collection by clicking on the links to the right. The first document outlines title sponsorship of the Historical Collection and the second covers sponsorship of individual violins, violas, celli, and basses. Both are provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and can be e-mailed or printed.

The Amati Foundation Title Sponsorship Opportunity


Download an overview of The Amati Foundation.


Download the Savior of the Strings article.

Introduction to The Amati Foundation
Savior of the Strings Article



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The Amati Foundation

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 438

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