Birdies for Charity


Want to get your charity involved? Apply Here

Want to donate to a charity? Donate Now!


The 2016 Birdies For Charity brochure is coming soon; however, the online donation database is live and can be accessed using the "Donate Now" link above.


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? Starting in 2016 the Birdies for Charity program will provide a 10% match on ALL pledges made through the program. Charities that collect pledges totaling over $10,000 will now be eligible for a 15% match not to exceed $10,000. Matching funds will be distributed up to $66,667 in collected pledges. Also new for 2016, The Principal Charity Classic will pay participating charities throughout the year. Payments will be made in February, May and August. Matching funds earned during the 2016 program will be paid in August 2016.

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 Hawthorn Hill
Amanda The Panda Holy Family School Inner City Youth Foundation
American Cancer Society Home Inc.
American Diabetes Association Hoover Meredith Learning Community Foundation
American Heart Association H.O.P.E. Inc
Anawim Housing Foundation Hope Ministries
Ankeny Community School District Foundation Hoyt Sherman Place
Ankeny Dollars For Scholars Iowa Asian Alliance
ArtForceIowa Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
ASK Resource Center Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
Ballet Des Moines Iowa Dollars For Scholars
Best Buddies Iowa Iowa Hall of Pride
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Blank Children's Hospital Iowa Immunization Coalition
Blank Park Zoo Foundation Iowa Jobs for Americas Graduates
Boy Scouts of America, 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 Heart of Iowa Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
Camp Hertko Hollow Inc. Iowa Youth Chorus
Candeo Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Catholic Charities Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Cats Athletic Club - War Cats Keep Iowa Beautiful
Central Iowa Shelter & Services Kingdom Cares International
Central Iowa Wind Ensemble Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Character Counts In Iowa Live Healthy Iowa Kids
Children & Families of Iowa Living History Farms
Children's Cancer Connection Lutheran Services in Iowa
ChildServe Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa
Chrysalis Foundation March of Dimes
Civic Music Association Meals from the Heartland, Inc.
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Mentor Iowa
Community Health Charities Mercy Children's Center
Community Youth Concepts Metro Arts Alliance
Courage League Sports Miracle Travel Works Inc.
CROSS Ministries Multicultural Educational Program Inc.
Cultureall Music Under The Stars
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Norwalk Student Education Foundation
Dancenter Dancer Company Foundation On With Life Foundation
Des Moines Art Center One Iowa Education Fund
Des Moines Arts Festival Orchard Place
Des Moines Christian School Outreach Inc.
Des Moines Community Playhouse Prevent Blindness Iowa
Des Moines Host Lions Foundation Primary Health Care, Inc.
Des Moines "I Have A Dream" Foundation Quakerdale
Des Moines Metro Opera Reach Out and Read Iowa
Des Moines Performing Arts Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines
Des Moines Social Club Rock In Prevention
Des Moines Symphony & Academy Ronald McDonald House
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Roosevelt High School Foundation
Dowling Catholic High School Run DSM
Dragon Scholarship Fund Sacred Heart Catholic School
Dream Team Des Moines - YMCA Salisbury House Foundation
East High School Salvation Army
Easter Seals Iowa Saylorville Yacht Club Sailing School
Employee & Family Resources Science Center of Iowa
Everybody Wins! Iowa Serve Our Youth Network
Eychaner Foundation Shoes That Fit
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines Society of St. Vincent de Paul - DSM Council
Fort Des Moines Musem and Education Southeast Warren Baseball
Freedom for Youth Ministries Special Olympics Iowa
FreeStore, Inc. Synergy Jazz Foundation
Friends of Iowa CASA & ICFCRB Teens Against Human Trafficking
Gateway Dance Theatre The First Tee of Greater Des Moines
General Fund The Sully Foundation
Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center United Way of Central Iowa
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Goodwill Industries of Central 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 VSA Iowa
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Walnut Creek Little League
Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Wildwood Hills Ranch
Greater Des Moines Young Life Young Women's Resource Center
  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.