Birdies for Charity


The 2015 Birdies for Charity program will open soon!

Want to get your charity involved? Apply Here

Want to donate to a charity? Donate Now!

For questions about the Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Alex McCarty at 515-279-4653 or


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.

Program Overview

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 10% match, for reaching $1,000 in pledges.

Matching Funds 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:

Participating Charities

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 Home Inc.
American Cancer Society Hoover Meredith Learning Community Foundation
Anawim Housing H.O.P.E. Inc
Ankeny Community School District Foundation Hoyt Sherman Place
Ankeny Dollars For Scholars Iowa Asian Alliance
ASK Resource Center Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
Ballet Des Moines Iowa Dollars For Scholars
Best Buddie Iowa Iowa Hall of Pride
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
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 Host Lions Foundation Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines
Des Moines "I Have A Dream" Foundation Rock In Prevention
Des Moines Metro Opera Ronald McDonald House
Des Moines Performing Arts Roosevelt High School Foundation
Des Moines Playhouse Run DSM
Des Moines Social Club Sacred Heart Catholic School
Des Moines Symphony & Academy Salisbury House Foundation
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Salvation Army
Dowling Catholic High School Saylorville Yacht Club Sailing School
Dragon Scholarship Fund Science Center of Iowa
Dream Team Des Moines - YMCA Serve Our Youth Network
East High School Shalom Zone Ministries
Easter Seals Iowa Shoes That Fit
Employee & Family Resources Society of St. Vincent de Paul - DSM Council
Everybody Wins! Iowa Southeast Warren Baseball
Eychaner Foundation Special Olympics Iowa
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines Salvation Army
FreeStore, Inc. The First Tee of Greater Des Moines
Friends of Iowa CASA & ICFCRB United Way of Central Iowa
Gateway Dance Theatre Urbandale Education Foundation
Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center Variety - The Children's Charity
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa
Great Outdoors Foundation Walnut Creek Little League
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Wildwood Hills Ranch
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Young Women's Resource Center
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa
  Youth Homes of Mid-America

How does Birdies for Charity work?

Every birdie made during the Principal Charity Classic means bucks for charity! Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive a 10% match, for reaching $1,000 in pledges .

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 per-birdie $.05
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
Birdies made in 2014 843

For example, a pledge of $.05 per birdie: $.05 x 843 birdies in 2014 =$42.15

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.

Increase your return with mATCHING FUNDS

MATCHING FUNDS are sponsored and provided by Sammons Financial Group

Charities receive a 10% match,for reaching $1,000 in pledges.

*Charities eligible to receive matching funds will receive $.10 for every $1.00 collected, up to $100,000 in collected pledges.

Guess the Birdies and Prize Giveaways

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.

Prize Giveaways

Birdies for Charity gave away prizes each month. Void where prohibited by law. No pledge or donation necessary.

Prizes include items such as:

  • John Deere Gas Grill
  • John Deere Walk Behind Lawn Mower
  • John Deere Gas Grill
  • John Deere Lawn Tractor

How to become a Participating Charity

The Principal Charity Classic will be enrolling a limited amount of new charities into the 2015 Birdies for Charity Program. See below for information regarding the application process.

Applications for participation will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Must have 501(c)(3) status as recognized by the IRS and significant portion of the organization's programming must target children in the State of Iowa.


  • A high school in the State of Iowa.

Application Form

Responsibilities of Participating Organizations

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

Responsibilities of The Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic® will not solicit pledges on behalf of any participating organization, but will provide:

  • Online donation administration
  • Pledge forms for participating organizations
  • Program administration, invoicing, processing and accounting

Benefits to Central Iowa Children's Charities

Fundraising potential leveraged by success of The Principal Charity Classic®, with a goal of $650,000 raised through Birdies for Charity®.

Participating charities will receive 100% of their collected donations

Download 2015 Information

Information for the 2015 is available below.

For more information on the Birdies for Charity program please contact Alex McCarty at or call 515-279-4653.