Getting Started

New to Birdies for Charity?

Welcome aboard to the Quad City’s favorite fundraising program!

With Birdies for Charity, 100% of your pledged funds go to your organization (as long as you are a registered 501(c)3 – we will need proof of that, by the way). Our amazing sponsor, John Deere, covers all administrative fees related to the program. In addition to that, the John Deere Classic, a 501(c)3 ourselves, works hard on and off the course to make the program a success as well by PROMISING A 5% BONUS for each participating charity!  We always try to do more than the promised 5% and have provided up to as much as 10% in the past. 

This is made possible through the Bonus Fund, which will require over $1 Million in fundraising efforts of our own in 2024. To donate to the Bonus Fund, click here (apologies for the shameless plug).

The Birdies for Charity program kicks off each April and then, in October, we get to unveil to the community the total amount raised for the year, and each organization can get their checks at that event or receive them in the mail soon after.

So let’s re-cap:

  1. No Administrative fees – you get 100% of your funds raised
  2. We provide you with program resources 
  3. You get an additional 5% bonus match just for being in the program
  4. You get to do a happy dance in October when you receive not one, but TWO checks from Birdies for Charity & John Deere Classic

What’s not to love?!

Here is how you get started:

Step One
Have you registered as a new charity, yet? If yes, move to Step Two. If not, sign-up HERE to get started! 

Step Two
Reach out to the Birdies for Charity office with any question about the program AND come up with your marketing plan to get those pledges!

Step Three
Visit Charity Resources to access all the materials needed to be successful in your fundraising efforts. Please review the Charity Reference Guide to stay up to date on program changes and processes! 

Step Four
Get out there and raise those funds! (Make sure your Bird # assigned to your organization is present on all your fundraising materials)

Step Five
Send all pledge forms to our office by June 26, 2024 to ensure they qualify as contest entries. All final pledges are due to our office (15623 Coaltown Rd., East Moline, IL 61244) by Friday of tournament week (July 5, 2024)

Step Six
Birdies for Charity will invoice all unpaid pledges, and pledges paid to your organization must be sent to Birdies to make sure your organization gets the money it needs to do good in our community.  All payments for existing pledges received before September 6 will be included in your bonus.

Step Seven
Receive BOTH of your checks by October 10th!

Step Eight
Happy Dance! (Told ya)