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 $173 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.

Getting Started

Find the tools & 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!

Charity Resources

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 2024, this verification form is due by May 31, 2024.

501(c)3 Verification

2022 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 2022. One Step has provided the below order form for charities considering professional print services. Order Form for Pledge Forms through One Step.

Pledge Forms

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.


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Schedule of Events

Here are some of the most common questions we receive at Birdies for Charity. If you do not see the answer to your question, feel free to submit it through our CONTACT US form, or contact our office at (309) 762-4653.

Charity FAQs