Birdies for Charity


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

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 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:

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
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

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 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 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

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.

Increase your return with Bonus Bucks

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

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.

Congratulations to Kirk Tibbetts who correctly guessed 707 birdies made in 2013!

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

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 Central Iowa.


  • A high school in Polk, Dallas, Warren or Story county.

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 $310,000 raised through Birdies for Charity®.

Participating charities will receive 100% of their collected donations

Download 2014 Information

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