The 2013 Birdies for Charity program has come to a close. Thanks to 707 birdies hit, bonus bucks and hard work by our participating charities, we distributed $438,145 to our organizations!
Check back later this fall for information regarding the 2014 program.
For questions about the Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Jessica Helgren at 515-279-4653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to get your charity involved? Apply Here
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 25 fundraising charities will also receive extra BONUS BUCKS up to $2,500.
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 Jessica Helgren at 515-279-4653.
Learn more about the program:
Click on each charity to view their web site.
|A - H||I - Z|
|Addam C Medina Foundation||Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)|
|Amanda The Panda||Iowa Dollars For Scholars|
|American Cancer Society||Iowa Homeless Youth Centers|
|Anawim Housing||Iowa Jobs for America Graduates|
|ASK Resource Center||Iowa Kidstrong, Inc.|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa||Iowa Legal Aid|
|Blank Children's Hospital||Iowa SIDS Foundation|
|Blank Park Zoo Foundation||Iowa Shakespeare Experience!|
|Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa, Learning For Life Program||Iowa Youth Chorus|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Southwest Iowa||Junior Achievement of Central Iowa|
|Bravo Greater Des Moines||Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)|
|Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation||Kingdom Cares International|
|Camp Fire USA, Heart of Hawkeye||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
|Candeo||Living History Farms|
|Catholic Charities||Lutheran Services in Iowa|
|Character Counts In Iowa||Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa|
|Children & Families of Iowa||March of Dimes|
|Children's Cancer Connection||Mentor Iowa|
|ChildServe||Mercy Children's Center|
|Civic Music Association||Music Under The Stars|
|Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines||On With Life Foundation|
|Community Health Charities||One Iowa Education Fund|
|Community Youth Concepts||Orchard Place|
|Cultureall||Prevent Blindness Iowa|
|Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)||Primary Health Care, Inc.|
|Des Moines Art Center||Quakerdale|
|Des Moines Arts Festival||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||Run DSM|
|Des Moines Playhouse||Sacred Heart Catholic School|
|Des Moines Social Club||Salisbury House Foundation|
|Des Moines Symphony||Science Center of Iowa|
|Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble||Serve Our Youth Network|
|Dowling Catholic High School||Shalom Zone Ministries|
|East High School||Shoes That Fit|
|Easter Seals Iowa||Southeast Warren Baseball|
|Employee & Family Resources||Special Olympics Iowa|
|Everybody Wins! Iowa||The First Tee of Greater Des Moines (Golf Foundation of Iowa)|
|Eychaner Foundation||The Homestead|
|Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center||Salvation Army|
|FreeStore, Inc.||United Way of Central Iowa|
|Gateway Dance Theatre||Urbandale Education Foundation|
|Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center||Variety - The Children's Charity|
|Great Outdoors Foundation||Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa|
|Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden||Vratsinas Holes for Hope Foundation|
|Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity||VSA Iowa|
|Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute||Walnut Creek Little League|
|Holy Family School Inner City Youth Foundation||Wildwood Hills Ranch|
|Hoyt Sherman Place||Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa|
|Youth Homes of Mid-America|
|Young Women's Resource Center|
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 Jessica Helgren at email@example.com or call 515-279-4653.