Birdies for Charity


Want to get your charity involved? Apply Here

Want to donate to a charity? Donate Now!


Need the 2015 Birdies For Charity brochure? Download 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 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 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
ASK Resource Center Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Ballet Des Moines Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
Best Buddies Iowa Iowa Dollars For Scholars
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Iowa Hall of Pride
Blank Children's Hospital Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Blank Park Zoo Foundation Iowa Immunization Coalition
Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life Program Iowa Jobs for Americas Graduates
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Southwest Iowa Iowa Kidstrong, Inc.
Bravo Greater Des Moines Iowa Legal Aid
Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation Iowa SIDS Foundation
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa Iowa Shakespeare Experience!
Camp Hertko Hollow Inc. Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
Candeo Iowa Youth Chorus
Catholic Charities Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Cats Athletic Club - War Cats Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Central Iowa Shelter & Services Keep Iowa Beautiful
Central Iowa Wind Ensemble Kingdom Cares International
Character Counts In Iowa Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Children & Families of Iowa Live Healthy Iowa Kids
Children's Cancer Connection Living History Farms
ChildServe Lutheran Services in Iowa
Chrysalis Foundation Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa
Civic Music Association March of Dimes
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Meals from the Heartland, Inc.
Community Health Charities Mentor Iowa
Community Youth Concepts Mercy Children's Center
Courage League Sports Metro Arts Alliance
CROSS Ministries Miracle Travel Works Inc.
Cultureall Multicultural Educational Program Inc.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Music Under The Stars
Dancenter Dancer Company Foundation Norwalk Student Education Foundation
Des Moines Art Center On With Life Foundation
Des Moines Arts Festival One Iowa Education Fund
Des Moines Christian School Orchard Place
Des Moines Community Playhouse Outreach Inc.
Des Moines Host Lions Foundation Prevent Blindness Iowa
Des Moines "I Have A Dream" Foundation Primary Health Care, Inc.
Des Moines Metro Opera Quakerdale
Des Moines Performing Arts Reach Out and Read Iowa
Des Moines Social Club Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines
Des Moines Symphony & Academy Rock In Prevention
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Ronald McDonald House
Dowling Catholic High School Roosevelt High School Foundation
Dragon Scholarship Fund Run DSM
Dream Team Des Moines - YMCA Sacred Heart Catholic School
East High School Salisbury House Foundation
Easter Seals Iowa Salvation Army
Employee & Family Resources Saylorville Yacht Club Sailing School
Everybody Wins! Iowa Science Center of Iowa
Eychaner Foundation Serve Our Youth Network
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines Shoes That Fit
Fort Des Moines Musem and Education Society of St. Vincent de Paul - DSM Council
Freedom for Youth Ministries Southeast Warren Baseball
FreeStore, Inc. Special Olympics Iowa
Friends of Iowa CASA & ICFCRB Synergy Jazz Foundation
Gateway Dance Theatre Teens Against Human Trafficking
General Fund The First Tee of Greater Des Moines
Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center The Sully Foundation
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa United Way of Central Iowa
Great Outdoors Foundation Urbandale Education Foundation
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Variety - The Children's Charity
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute VSA Iowa
Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Walnut Creek Little League
Greater Des Moines Young Life 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 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.