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Learn More about Birdies for Charity at the Principal Charity Classic



The 2013 Birdies for Charity Program is now open.

Donate now to your favorite Birdies for Charity Organization! Donate Now

If you would like to mail in a pledge, download and print a Birdies for Charity Brochure. Download Brochure

Thank you for donating to Birdies for Charity! A whopping $296,000 was raised by 92 participating charities in 2012! Champions Tour players had 790 birdies in 2012 at The Principal Charity Classic.

For questions about the Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Jessica Helgren at 515-279-4653 orjessica@principalcharityclassic.com.

Want to get your charity involved? Apply Here



Community spirit is the driving force on the links at The Principal Charity Classic, and central Iowan's have a great opportunity to benefit area children's programs by raising additional funds through Birdies for Charity.



How does Birdies for Charity work? Participating charities solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by Champions Tour players during the three-day tournament. Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive a 25% match, or BONUS BUCKS, for reaching $1,500 in pledges. The top 25 fundraising charities will also receive extra BONUS BUCKS up to $2,500.

Bonus Bucks are sponsored and provided by Sammons Financial Group.

Additionally, pledgers have a chance to win great prizes courtesy of John Deere Financial. Prizes include John Deere mowers, grills and snowblowers.

For more information on how to pledge or become a charity please contact Jessica Helgren at 515-279-4653.

Learn more about the program:




Click on each charity to view their web site.


A - H I - Z
Addam C Medina Foundation Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
Amanda The Panda Iowa Dollars For Scholars
American Cancer Society Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Anawim Housing Iowa Jobs for America Graduates
ASK Resource Center Iowa Kidstrong, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Iowa Legal Aid
Blank Children's Hospital Iowa SIDS Foundation
Blank Park Zoo Foundation Iowa Shakespeare Experience!
Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa, Learning For Life Program Iowa Youth Chorus
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Southwest Iowa Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Bravo Greater Des Moines Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation Kingdom Cares International
Camp Fire USA, Heart of Hawkeye Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Candeo Living History Farms
Catholic Charities Lutheran Services in Iowa
Character Counts In Iowa Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa
Children & Families of Iowa March of Dimes
Children's Cancer Connection Mentor Iowa
ChildServe Mercy Children's Center
Civic Music Association Music Under The Stars
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines On With Life Foundation
Community Health Charities One Iowa Education Fund
Community Youth Concepts Orchard Place
Cultureall Prevent Blindness Iowa
Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Primary Health Care, Inc.
Des Moines Art Center Quakerdale
Des Moines Arts Festival Reach Out and Read Iowa
Des Moines Host Lions Foundation Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines
Des Moines "I Have A Dream" Foundation Rock In Prevention
Des Moines Metro Opera Ronald McDonald House
Des Moines Performing Arts Run DSM
Des Moines Playhouse Sacred Heart Catholic School
Des Moines Social Club Salisbury House Foundation
Des Moines Symphony Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Serve Our Youth Network
Dowling Catholic High School Shalom Zone Ministries
East High School Shoes That Fit
Easter Seals Iowa Southeast Warren Baseball
Employee & Family Resources Special Olympics Iowa
Everybody Wins! Iowa The First Tee of Greater Des Moines (Golf Foundation of Iowa)
Eychaner Foundation The Homestead
Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center Salvation Army
FreeStore, Inc. United Way of Central Iowa
Gateway Dance Theatre Urbandale Education Foundation
Gigi's Playhouse-Down Syndrome Awareness Center Variety - The Children's Charity
Great Outdoors Foundation Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Vratsinas Holes for Hope Foundation
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity VSA Iowa
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Walnut Creek Little League
Holy Family School Inner City Youth Foundation Wildwood Hills Ranch
Hoyt Sherman Place Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa
  Youth Homes of Mid-America
  Young Women's Resource Center



Every birdie made during the Principal Charity Classic means bucks for charity! Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive a 25% match, or BONUS BUCKS, for reaching $1,500 in pledges or $1.50 in penny pledges. The top 25 fundraising charities will also receive extra BONUS BUCKS up to $2,500.

There are two ways to pledge:

A per-birdie amount for every birdie made by the Champions Tour players during the three-day Principal Charity Classic, or


A one-time flat donation  
Minimum per-birdie $.05
Minimum flat donation $ 25
Birdies made in 2008 721
Birdies made in 2009 787
Birdies made in 2010 795
Birdies made in 2011 879
Birdies made in 2012 790


For example, a pledge of $.05 per birdie: $.05 x 795 birdies in 2012 =$39.75

The number of birdies can fluctuate due to unforeseeable conditions.


What is a Birdie?

A "birdie" is a score of one stroke better than "par" for any golf hole on the course. "Par" is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole. For example, on a par 4 hole, a score of 3 is a birdie.




BONUS BUCKS are sponsored and provided by Sammons Financial Group

Charities receive a 25% match, or BONUS BUCKS, for reaching $1,500 in pledges or $1.50 in penny pledges. The top 25 fundraising charities will also receive additional BONUS BUCKS up to $2,500.

*Charities eligible to receive Bonus Bucks, will receive $.25 for every $1.00 collected, up to $25,000 in collected pledges.




Guess the Birdies and Prize Giveaways sponsored by John Deere Financial

Guess the Birdies

To create additional excitement for the program, The Principal Charity Classic will sponsor a "Guess the Birdies" contest. Participants who complete an official pledge form are eligible to guess the number of birdies that will be made by Champions Tour players Friday through Sunday of The Principal Charity Classic. Void where prohibited by law. No pledge or donation necessary.

The individual who correctly guesses the number of birdies made will win John Deere equipment.

Prize Giveaways

Birdies for Charity will be giving away prizes each month. Void where prohibited by law. No pledge or donation necessary.

Prizes include items such as:

  • John Deere Gas Grill
  • John Deere Walk Behind Lawn Mower
  • John Deere Gas Grill
  • John Deere Lawn Tractor




Applications for participation will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Must have 501(c)(3) status as recognized by the IRS and significant portion of the organization's programming must target children in Central Iowa.


  • A high school in Polk, Dallas, Warren or Story county.

Application Form



Participating organizations and their volunteers will solicit pledges of $.05 or more per birdie, or a flat donation of $25 or more from individuals or corporations (online or via pledge form)

Participating organizations and their volunteers will collect completed pledge forms and return them to The Principal Charity Classic for processing

With the exception of postage for mailing collected pledge forms to The Principal Charity Classic® for administration, there is NO cost for taking part in the program



The Principal Charity Classic® will not solicit pledges on behalf of any participating organization, but will provide:

  • Online donation administration
  • Pledge forms for participating organizations
  • Program administration, invoicing, processing and accounting



Fundraising potential leveraged by success of The Principal Charity Classic®, with a goal of $200,000 raised through Birdies for Charity®

Participating charities will receive 100% of their collected donations




For more information on the Birdies for Charity program please contact Jessica Helgren atbirdies@principalcharityclassic.com or call 515-279-4653.

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