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 $133 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: 501(c)(3) organizations located in the Quad Cities region (IA/IL) are 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.
New to Birdies for Charity?
Welcome aboard the Quad Cities' favorite fundraising program! Learn all you need to know about getting started with Birdies for Charity.
Find the resources needed to have a successful fundraising campaign with Birdies for Charity. Read through the Charity Reference Guide, download Birdies for Charity logos and more!
We require all participating organizations to verify their 501(C)3 status as a charitable organization each year. This form is mailed out each year prior to Kick-Off in April. It can also be submitted online by visiting the link below.
Please note: We are required to have this form on file for all charities with pledges before we can issue a check in October. To participate in 2021, this verification form is due by May 22, 2021.
2021 Pledge forms are now available for charities to download and print! As a reminder, the Birdies for Charity office will not be distributing printed pledge forms in 2021.
The contest portion of the Birdies for Charity program gives any 501(c)(3) organization the opportunity to grow their fundraising efforts, while offering donors a chance to win prizes; something some charities may not be able to do on their own.
View the official rules here.
The John Deere Classic is offering all participating Birdies for Charity organizations the opportunity to put their mission in front of tens of thousands of golf fans, donors and engaged community members this July. Learn more by visiting the link below.
The Drive the Middle is similar to a "Long Drive" event and it's goal is to generate pledges for your organization! Participating charities are eligible to host a Drive the Middle at their charity golf outing. Learn more about hosting a Drive the Middle contest.