For questions about the Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Samantha Murray at 770-232-5138 or Samantha@MitsubishiElectricClassic.com.
Participating charities solicit pledges from supporters and donors based on the number of birdies made by professionals during the three official tournament rounds. Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive up to a 10% match, for reaching $1,000 in pledges.
How does Birdies for Charity work?
Every birdie made during the Mitsubishi Electric Classic means dollars for charity! Charities receive 100% of every donation collected and receive up to a 10% match, for reaching $1,000 in pledges.
There are two ways to pledge:
A per-birdie amount for every birdie made by the professionals during the three official tournament rounds, or a one-time flat donation.
Minimum per-birdie $.01
Minimum flat donation $1.00
- Birdies made in 2013: 659
- Birdies made in 2014: 740
- Birdies made in 2015: 520 (due to weather only 2 rounds were played)
- Birdies made in 2016: 823
- Birdies made in 2017: 873
For example, a pledge of $.10 per birdie: $.10 x 823 birdies in 2016 =$82.30
(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.
Charities receive up to a 10% match, for reaching $1,000 in pledges. Charities eligible to receive matching funds will receive up to $.10 for every $1.00 collected, up to $100,000 in collected pledges*. After the tournament, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic will invoice each donor up to three times to collect their pledges. Once all the money is collected, the tournament delivers checks and a detailed list of donors to each charity by the end of August 2017.
How to Become a Participating Charity
Click here for the 2018 application form. Applicants must be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and registered within metro Atlanta, Georgia.
Responsibilities of Participating Organizations
- Participating organizations and their volunteers will solicit pledges of $.01 or more per birdie, or a flat donation from individuals or corporations (via pledge form).
- Participating organizations and their volunteers will collect completed pledge forms and return them to the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for processing.
- With the exception of postage for mailing collected pledge forms to the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for processing, there is NO cost for taking part in the program.
Responsibilities of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic
The Mitsubishi Electric Classic will not solicit pledges on behalf of any participating organization, but will provide:
- Digital pledge forms for participating organizations
- Program administration, invoicing, processing, and accounting
For questions about the Birdies for Charity program, please contact Samantha Murray at Samantha@MitsubishiElectricClassic.com or 770-232-5138.
2017 Participating Charities
Covenant Counseling Institute, Inc.
Eagle Ranch, Inc.
Family Promise of Forsyth County, Inc.
Georgia State Golf Association
Grayson Cluster Schools Foundation
Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation
Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter
Special Kneads and Treats, Inc.
Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett
The Next Stop Foundation, Inc.
*In 2017, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic will distribute a matching pool maximum amount of $50,000 among all official Birdies for Charity charities. In the event the official participating charities collectively collect an amount that would result in matching funds in excess of the $50,000 pool, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute alternative matching percentages for those outlined above.