About Birdies for Charity
What is Birdies for Charity?
THE PLAYERS Birdies for Charity program is an opportunity for charitable organizations to utilize THE PLAYERS Championship tournament to further their fundraising initiatives.
What charities are eligible to participate?
Northeast Florida charitable organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) are eligible to participate in Birdies for Charity.
How does Birdies for Charity work?
* Charitable organizations solicit individuals to make a donation (minimum $20) to their organization via the Birdies for Charity program
* The individual solicited to make a donation is also given the chance to make a guess at how many birdies will be made at the 2019 PLAYERS Championship. A tie-breaker question will also be asked.
* After THE PLAYERS Championship is over, the individual who guesses the exact number of birdies made (or closest thereto) has a chance to win the Grand Prize...
In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by who most accurately guesses the total number of balls hit into the water at No. 17. If there are multiple winners after the initial tie-breaker, THE PLAYERS will ask additional tie-breaker questions until a grand prize winner is determined.
Bonus Dollars For Participating Charities
THE PLAYERS Championship will provide a $250,000 Birdies for Charity BONUS POOL, offering participating charities the opportunity receive bonus dollars!
2019 Bonus Structure: Organizations will be divided into two tiers - Tier 1 will be organizations with an operating budget of $0 to $1 million. Tier 2 will be those with an operating budget of more than $1M.
Tier 1 Bonus Pool = $150,000
Tier 2 Bonus Pool = $150,000
Bonus dollars will be awarded based upon the percentage of the total amount raised within your tier. So, for example, if your charity generates 2% of the total amount of donations made in within your tier, your organization will receive 2% of the $150,000. There will be no additional "incentive bonuses" in 2019.
How do I sign my charity up to participate in Birdies for Charity?
Go to the Birdies for Charity website and click on the link “Registration”. Registration opened on October 1, 2018.
When does THE PLAYERS Birdies for Charity campaign start?
Once a charity is officially registered and confirmed as a participant, the charitable organization can begin soliciting donations. The Birdies for Charity campaign will continue until Wednesday, March 13, 2019, giving charities four months to solicit donations. March 13th will be the final day for participants to donate to your organization and to guess the number of birdies that will be made at the 2019 PLAYERS.
How do charities solicit donations?
On the Birdies for Charity website, there is a Marketing Materials section containing campaign materials charities can customize and use to reach out to potential supporters. These materials can be customized, printed out, and/or emailed to potential supporters/participants. Charities should also include Birdies for Charity information on their own website and/or social media channels.
How do individuals make donations?
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 also ask them for their birdies guess and for their answer to a tie-breaker question. They will give the form and the donation directly to the charity. The charity will be responsible for recording all donations which they receive directly. Manual donations must be recorded on the Donation Report Form provided on this website.
ONLINE: Donors can go to the Birdies for Charity website and click “Make a Donation Now”. This capability will be available shortly. Once they are on the donation page, they can select a charity from the list of participating charities and designate a charity as the recipient of their donation, make their birdies guess, answer a potential tie-breaker question, and complete the donation via credit card. NOTE: All online donations will be collected by PGA TOUR Charities, Inc.
Where do I find the Manual Donation Form?
Manual Donation forms are available to be donwloaded from the Birdies Website. Click on the "For Donors" tab at the top of the page.
When do charities submit the final Donation Report Form?
Donation Report Forms (including Birdies Guesses and Tie-Breaker Guesses) must be submitted to THE PLAYERS tournament office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
How many times can a person make a donation and a birdies guess?
Each individual can make a donation to a charitable organization via the Birdies program (and an accompanying Birdies Guess) as many times as they like.
What is the minimum donation allowed in the Birdies for Charity program?
The minimum amount which can be donated to a charity via the Birdies for Charity program is $20.
What is the maximum donation allowed in the Birdies for Charity program?
There is no maximum amount per donation.
How will charities know how much has been donated to their organization via the online Birdies website?
Periodically, we will update a listing of the participating charities and how much they have raised in online donations. That listing will be in the Leaderboard section of the Birdies for Charity website. Following the conclusion of the program, the tournament will provide the charity with a list of the online donors.
How will charities get paid at the conclusion of the Birdies campaign?
On or before March 13, charities must submit their Donation Report Forms which will contain information for all of the donations that they received directly, via cash or check, and the birdies guess and tie-breaker guess for each donor. After THE PLAYERS Championship concludes, we will add that amount to the total amount the organization received in on-line donations. Then we will determine how much the organization is eligible to receive from the bonus pool. A check will be sent to the organization within approximately 90 days of the conclusion of the tournament.
Is there a deadline for signing my charity up to participate?
There is currently no deadline to sign up to participate; however, THE PLAYERS reserves the right to cease accepting registrations at any time without notice.
When is the 2019 PLAYERS Championship?
The 2019 PLAYERS will be held the week of March 12-17, 2019. The tournament competition days are Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17. These four days are the days when the birdies made by PGA TOUR players will be counted for the Birdies for Charity contest. More information about THE PLAYERS can be found at www.theplayers.com.