John Deere Classic week is always exciting. Not just for the tournament, but for what the tournament means for charities as well. Since 1971 the John Deere Classic has delivered over $120 million to regional charities, most of it through its innovative Birdies for Charity program. No other event on the PGA TOUR does it better - and it’s the generous and hardworking nature of this area that makes it happen.
If you are a charity: Every 501(c)(3) organization is eligible to participate. Once qualified and enrolled, you have the freedom to solicit pledges and know that the heavy lifting of invoicing and administration will be handled by the John Deere Classic. Pledges and payments without charity designation and donor detail will be applied to the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund benefiting all participating organizations.
If you are a charity donor: It is gratifying to know that 100% of every pledge collected goes directly to your specified charity. The John Deere Foundation covers all administrative costs to make that possible. Plus, the tournament takes its profits each year and delivers a second check from between 5% and 10% of that charity’s final total to make the deal even sweeter. There is no more impactful way for you to help your favorite organization(s).