The 2014 Birdies for Charity program is now open! Donate now
to one of our participating charities!
Want to get your charity involved? Apply Here
Want to donate to a charity? Donate Here
For questions about the Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Alex McCarty at 515-279-4653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community spirit is the driving force on the links at The Principal Charity Classic, and central Iowan's have a great opportunity to benefit area children's programs by raising additional funds through Birdies for Charity.
How does Birdies for Charity work? Participating charities solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by Champions Tour players during the three-day tournament. Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive a 25% match, or BONUS BUCKS, for reaching $1,500 in pledges. The top fundraising charities will also receive extra BONUS BUCKS.
Bonus Bucks are sponsored and provided by Sammons Financial Group.
Additionally, pledgers have a chance to win great prizes courtesy of John Deere Financial. Prizes include John Deere mowers, grills and snowblowers.
For more information on how to pledge or become a charity please contact Alex McCarty at 515-279-4653.
Learn more about the program:
Click on each charity to view their web site.
|A - G||H - Z|
|Addam C Medina Foundation||Holy Family School Inner City Youth Foundation|
|Amanda The Panda||Hoover Meredith Learning Community Foundation|
|American Cancer Society||H.O.P.E. Inc|
|Anawim Housing||Hoyt Sherman Place|
|Ankeny Community School District Foundation||Iowa Asian Alliance|
|Ankeny Dollars For Scholars||Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)|
|ASK Resource Center||Iowa Dollars For Scholars|
|Best Buddie Iowa||Iowa Homeless Youth Centers|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa||Iowa Jobs for America Graduates|
|Blank Children's Hospital||Iowa Kidstrong, Inc.|
|Blank Park Zoo Foundation||Iowa Legal Aid|
|Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa, Learning For Life Program||Iowa SIDS Foundation|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Southwest Iowa||Iowa Shakespeare Experience!|
|Bravo Greater Des Moines||Iowa Youth Chorus|
|Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation||Junior Achievement of Central Iowa|
|Camp Fire USA, Heart of Hawkeye||Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)|
|Camp Hertko Hollow||Kingdom Cares International|
|Candeo||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
|Catholic Charities||Living History Farms|
|Cats Athletic Club - War Cats||Lutheran Services in Iowa|
|Central Iowa Shelter & Services||Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa|
|Character Counts In Iowa||March of Dimes|
|Children & Families of Iowa||Meals from the Heartland, Inc.|
|Children's Cancer Connection||Mentor Iowa|
|ChildServe||Mercy Children's Center|
|Civic Music Association||Miracle Travel Works Inc.|
|Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines||Music Under The Stars|
|Community Health Charities||Norwalk Student Education Foundation|
|Community Youth Concepts||On With Life Foundation|
|Cultureall||One Iowa Education Fund|
|Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||Orchard Place|
|Dancenter Dancer Company Foundation||Outreach Inc.|
|Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)||Prevent Blindness Iowa|
|Des Moines Art Center||Primary Health Care, Inc.|
|Des Moines Arts Festival||Quakerdale|
|Des Moines Christian School||Reach Out and Read Iowa|
|Des Moines Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul||Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines|
|Des Moines Host Lions Foundation||Rock In Prevention|
|Des Moines "I Have A Dream" Foundation||Ronald McDonald House|
|Des Moines Metro Opera||Run DSM|
|Des Moines Performing Arts||Sacred Heart Catholic School|
|Des Moines Playhouse||Salisbury House Foundation|
|Des Moines Social Club||Saylorville Yacht Club Sailing School|
|Des Moines Symphony||Science Center of Iowa|
|Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble||Serve Our Youth Network|
|Dowling Catholic High School||Shalom Zone Ministries|
|Dragon Scholarship Fund||Shoes That Fit|
|Dream Team Des Moines - YMCA||Southeast Warren Baseball|
|East High School||Special Olympics Iowa|
|Easter Seals Iowa||The First Tee of Greater Des Moines|
|Employee & Family Resources||Salvation Army|
|Everybody Wins! Iowa||United Way of Central Iowa|
|Eychaner Foundation||Urbandale Education Foundation|
|Family Promise of Greater Des Moines||Variety - The Children's Charity|
|FreeStore, Inc.||Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa|
|Friends of Iowa CASA & ICFCRB||VSA Iowa|
|Gateway Dance Theatre||Walnut Creek Little League|
|Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center||Wildwood Hills Ranch|
|Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa||Young Women's Resource Center|
|Great Outdoors Foundation||Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa|
|Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden||Youth Homes of Mid-America|
|Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity|
|Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute|
Every birdie made during the Principal Charity Classic means bucks for charity! Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive a 25% match, or BONUS BUCKS, for reaching $1,500 in pledges or $1.50 in penny pledges. The top 25 fundraising charities will also receive extra BONUS BUCKS up to $2,500.
There are two ways to pledge:
A per-birdie amount for every birdie made by the Champions Tour players during the three-day Principal Charity Classic, or
|A one-time flat donation|
|Minimum flat donation||$ 25|
|Birdies made in 2008||721|
|Birdies made in 2009||787|
|Birdies made in 2010||795|
|Birdies made in 2011||879|
|Birdies made in 2012||790|
|Birdies made in 2013||707|
For example, a pledge of $.05 per birdie: $.05 x 707 birdies in 2013 =$35.35
The number of birdies can fluctuate due to unforeseeable conditions.
What is a Birdie?
A "birdie" is a score of one stroke better than "par" for any golf hole on the course. "Par" is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole. For example, on a par 4 hole, a score of 3 is a birdie.
BONUS BUCKS are sponsored and provided by Sammons Financial Group
Charities receive a 25% match, or BONUS BUCKS, for reaching $1,500 in pledges or $1.50 in penny pledges. The top 25 fundraising charities will also receive additional BONUS BUCKS up to $2,500.
*Charities eligible to receive Bonus Bucks, will receive $.25 for every $1.00 collected, up to $25,000 in collected pledges.
Guess the Birdies and Prize Giveaways sponsored by John Deere Financial
Guess the Birdies
To create additional excitement for the program, The Principal Charity Classic will sponsor a "Guess the Birdies" contest. Participants who complete an official pledge form are eligible to guess the number of birdies that will be made by Champions Tour players Friday through Sunday of The Principal Charity Classic. Void where prohibited by law. No pledge or donation necessary.
Birdies for Charity gave away prizes each month. Void where prohibited by law. No pledge or donation necessary.
Prizes include items such as:
Applications for participation will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
Participating organizations and their volunteers will solicit pledges of $.05 or more per birdie, or a flat donation of $25 or more from individuals or corporations (online or via pledge form)
Participating organizations and their volunteers will collect completed pledge forms and return them to The Principal Charity Classic for processing
With the exception of postage for mailing collected pledge forms to The Principal Charity Classic® for administration, there is NO cost for taking part in the program
The Principal Charity Classic® will not solicit pledges on behalf of any participating organization, but will provide:
Fundraising potential leveraged by success of The Principal Charity Classic®, with a goal of $310,000 raised through Birdies for Charity®.
Participating charities will receive 100% of their collected donations
For more information on the Birdies for Charity program please contact Alex McCarty at email@example.com or call 515-279-4653.