Tournament Charity Partners


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In 2016, the Principal Charity Classic distributed a record $2,053,725 to Iowa children’s charities, bringing the annual tournament’s charitable giving total to nearly $10 million in the past 10 years.

The Principal Charity Classic is a wonderful community event in the metro area and contributes greatly to the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Iowa. The tournament also serves as a dedicated way to raise money for local non-profit organizations supporting children.

Using the FORE Our Kids theme to highlight this important effort, the goal of the event is to increase contributions to local arts, culture, health and human services organizations supporting youngsters in the area.

These six outstanding organizations are dedicated to supporting children in the community and will receive proceeds from the event:

  • Blank Children’s Hospital
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines
  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa

Blank Children’s Hospital

Blank Children’s Hospital was built by A.H. and Anna Blank and opened in 1944 in honor of their son, Raymond. Since that time, the hospital has grown and undergone several renovations to accommodate sick and injured children. Today, Blank Children’s Hospital is a 96-bed facility that is committed to family-centered healing, caring, and teaching for children across Iowa.

The number of medical specialists, programs, and services is constantly growing to improve care and meet the changing health needs of children and families. Each year, through inpatient treatment, clinic visits, transport and outreach, Blank Children’s touches the lives of more than 80,000 children across the state and helping children in all 99 counties in Iowa.

Funds from the 2016 Principal Charity Classic helped support the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Blank Children’s Hospital as well as the Child Life Program. Blank Children’s is part of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines which includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home.

To learn more about Blank Children’s Hospital, visit www.blankchildrens.org.

To read a feature piece about Blank Children’s Hospital and the Principal Charity Classic, click here.

Bravo Greater Des Moines

Bravo Greater Des Moines is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the region’s arts and cultural community as a key element of a world-class quality of life. Sixteen Central Iowa municipalities and governments – Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights – share a portion of their hotel/motel tax proceeds in support of local arts and cultural initiatives.

Since its inception in 2005, Bravo Greater Des Moines has awarded nearly $20 million in funding to more than 90 arts, culture and heritage organizations. Funding provided by the Principal Charity Classic, in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, supports “Connecting Kids and Culture.”

This program provides supplemental funding to Central Iowa schools for grade K-5 students to attend an arts or cultural field experience or host an in-class arts education program. Funding provided by Connecting Kids and Culture accounts for 65% of all field experiences in Dallas, Polk and Warren County schools.

For further information about Bravo Greater Des Moines and its mission, please go to www.bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

To read a feature piece about Bravo Greater Des Moines and the Principal Charity Classic, click here.

Recommended Viewing: Watch “Connecting Kids and Culture” to learn more about how this unique program is opening a larger world to local kids.

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines improves quality of life for all by promoting charitable giving, connecting donors with causes they care about, and providing leadership on important community issues…we’re simply better together.

Through the Community Foundation grant making programs and donor funds, over $26 million was granted to charitable causes in 2015. The Community Foundation works to build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and helps donors create personal legacies.

To learn more about the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, visit www.desmoinesfoundation.org.

To read a feature piece about the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and the Principal Charity Classic, click here.

Mercy Medical Center

Mercy operates four not-for-profit Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually-operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with about 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 105 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.

To learn more about Mercy Medical Center, visit http://www.mercydesmoines.org.

To read a feature piece about Mercy Medical Center and the Principal Charity Classic, click here.

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United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their full potential. The organizations works to inspire action to improve the lives of Central Iowans by focusing on bold community goals in education, income and health — the building blocks for good quality of life.

United Way of Central Iowa continues to be recognized nationally in the top 1% of charities for our fiscal management and accountability. To learn more about United Way of Central Iowa, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.

To read a feature piece about United Way of Central Iowa and the Principal Charity Classic, click here.

Recommended Viewing: Watch “Summer in the City” to learn more about how the United Way of Central Iowa, along with 25 schools and non-profits, has collaborated to ensure low-income families can enjoy healthy and productive summer months.

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout the state. Variety works to fund and deliver effective programs and provide grants to support our mission. Variety’s initiatives focus on four programs;

  • Bikes for Kids – Variety provides custom specialized bikes to children with special needs and traditional bikes, locks and helmets to children who have never owned their own bike.
  • Grant Program – Variety provides funding to more than 90 nonprofit children’s organizations annually for tangible items such as building expansions and renovations, equipment, programming needs and more.
  • Variety Vans – More than 400 Variety Vans transport children to doctors’ appointments, therapy sessions and special outings or activities.
  • Variety Star Playgrounds – Variety is working with Iowa communities to provide all-inclusive playgrounds for children with and without special needs.

To learn more about Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, visit www.varietyiowa.com.

To read a feature piece about Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa and the Principal Charity Classic, click here.