BIRDIES FOR CHARITY – OVERVIEW
What charities are eligible to participate?
Participating charities must be a 501(c)3 designated nonprofit organization and located in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau or St. Johns counties. Nonprofits must provide services that align with THE PLAYERS’ charitable pillars: youth services, education, character development, health, wellness and sports and military support
Upon submission of the registration form, charities will be approved by THE PLAYERS for participation.
Who is eligible to donate?
All donations must be made by an individual, NOT a company or foundation. Each donor must guess the number of birdies and answer a tie-breaker question for their donation to be an eligible entry assigned to the charity of their choice.
Are there any restrictions?
- Charities may not submit birdies guesses on behalf of donors.
- Donations toward capital campaigns are eligible as long as they are accompanied by a manual donation form.
- Government grants and Foundation grants are NOT eligible for Birdies for Charity donations.
- Membership dues and existing pre-arranged donations are NOT eligible for Birdies for Charity donations.
What is the timeline?
Charities may register for the Birdies for Charity program Monday, November 13, 2023, through Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Once charities have been approved for participation, they can collect donations from Thursday, November. 30, 2023 until Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.
All manual donations must be submitted to THE PLAYERS by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
What is the bonus pool?
THE PLAYERS Championship will provide a $150,000 Birdies for Charity BONUS POOL, offering participating charities the opportunity to receive bonus dollars!
Charities will receive bonus dollars based on the amount of funds raised. Organizations will be categorized in two tiers and bonus dollars will be awarded accordingly.
- Tier 1 - organizations with an operating budget of $0 to $1M.
- Tier 2 - organizations with an operating budget of more than $1M
Charities are invited to utilize the marketing materials on the Birdies for Charity website to promote their participation in the program. These materials can be customized, printed, and/or emailed to potential supporters/participants. Charities can include Birdies for Charity information on their own website and create a link to the Birdies for Charity website.
BY CASH OR CHECK: Donors wishing to donate via cash or check will make their donation directly to the charity of their choice. The donor must complete a Manual Donation Form which will ask them for their birdies guess and a tie-breaker question. The donor will send this form and their donation directly to the charity. The charity will be responsible for recording all donations which they receive directly. Manual donations must be uploaded to the donation site that will be provided to you by THE PLAYERS Community Outreach Team.
ONLINE: Donors can go to the Birdies for Charity website and click “Make a Donation Now” where they can select a charity from the list of participating charities, make their birdies guess, and complete the donation via credit card. NOTE: All online donations will be collected by PGA TOUR Charities, Inc.
Manual Donation Form
Manual Donation forms are available HERE. Donation Report Forms (including birdies guesses and tie-breaker guesses) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.
Individuals can make a donation to a charitable organization. The minimum amount that can be donated to a charity via the Birdies for Charity program is $20; there is no maximum amount per donation.
Tracking Online Donations
The list of participating charities and how much they have raised will be updated in the Leaderboard section of the Birdies for Charity website. Following the conclusion of the program, the tournament will provide each charity with a list of their online donors.
After the tournament concludes, cash and check donations will be added to the final online donation total and bonus pool funding will be calculated based off the sum of the two. A check will be sent to the organization within approximately 120 days of the conclusion of the tournament.