The 2014 Birdies for Charity program is now open! Donate now
to one of our participating charities!
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For questions about the Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Alex McCarty at 515-279-4653 or email@example.com.
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||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|
|Best Buddie Iowa||Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa||Iowa Dollars For Scholars|
|Blank Children's Hospital||Iowa Hall of Pride|
|Blank Park Zoo Foundation||Iowa Homeless Youth Centers|
|Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa, Learning for Life Program||Iowa Kidstrong, Inc.|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Southwest Iowa||Iowa Legal Aid|
|Bravo Greater Des Moines||Iowa SIDS Foundation|
|Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation||Iowa Shakespeare Experience!|
|Camp Fire USA, Heart of Hawkeye||Iowa Youth Chorus|
|Camp Hertko Hollow||Junior Achievement of Central Iowa|
|Candeo||Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)|
|Catholic Charities||Kingdom Cares International|
|Cats Athletic Club - War Cats||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
|Central Iowa Shelter & Services||Living History Farms|
|Character Counts In Iowa||Lutheran Services in Iowa|
|Children & Families of Iowa||Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa|
|Children's Cancer Connection||March of Dimes|
|ChildServe||Meals from the Heartland, Inc.|
|Civic Music Association||Mentor Iowa|
|Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines||Mercy Children's Center|
|Community Health Charities||Miracle Travel Works Inc.|
|Community Youth Concepts||Music Under The Stars|
|Cultureall||Norwalk Student Education Foundation|
|Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||On With Life Foundation|
|Dancenter Dancer Company Foundation||One Iowa Education Fund|
|Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)||Orchard Place|
|Des Moines Art Center||Outreach Inc.|
|Des Moines Arts Festival||Prevent Blindness Iowa|
|Des Moines Christian School||Primary Health Care, Inc.|
|Des Moines Host Lions Foundation||Quakerdale|
|Des Moines "I Have A Dream" Foundation||Reach Out and Read Iowa|
|Des Moines Metro Opera||Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines|
|Des Moines Performing Arts||Rock In Prevention|
|Des Moines Playhouse||Ronald McDonald House|
|Des Moines Social Club||Roosevelt High School Foundation|
|Des Moines Symphony||Run DSM|
|Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble||Sacred Heart Catholic School|
|Dowling Catholic High School||Salisbury House Foundation|
|Dragon Scholarship Fund||Salvation Army|
|Dream Team Des Moines - YMCA||Saylorville Yacht Club Sailing School|
|East High School||Science Center of Iowa|
|Easter Seals Iowa||Serve Our Youth Network|
|Employee & Family Resources||Shalom Zone Ministries|
|Everybody Wins! Iowa||Shoes That Fit|
|Eychaner Foundation||Society of St. Vincent de Paul - DSM Council|
|Family Promise of Greater Des Moines||Southeast Warren Baseball|
|FreeStore, Inc.||Special Olympics Iowa|
|Friends of Iowa CASA & ICFCRB||Salvation Army|
|Gateway Dance Theatre||The First Tee of Greater Des Moines|
|Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center||United Way of Central Iowa|
|Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa||Urbandale Education Foundation|
|Great Outdoors Foundation||Variety - The Children's Charity|
|Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden||Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa|
|Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity||Walnut Creek Little League|
|Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute||Wildwood Hills Ranch|
|Young Women's Resource Center|
|Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa|
|Youth Homes of Mid-America|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-279-4653.