About the Illinois PGA Foundation
According to a national report published in 2007 by Golf 20/20 and research partner SRI International, golf is responsible for contributing about $3.5 billion annually to charities across the country, more than any other sporting activity. Closer to home, SRI estimated in a 2009 State Report that "the amount of charitable giving attributed to the game of golf in Illinois to be $113.2 million in 2007." **
Golf is truly more than a game. It is in this spirit of giving through the game that the Illinois PGA Foundation created ipgabirdiesforcharity.com to be an online tool to conduct fundraising campaigns for the Foundation and fellow nonprofit organizations. Launched in 2010, phase I development featured this summer's golf half marathon (50 holes) and the current 2010-2011 Holiday Golf Teach-a-thon. Feedback is encouraged to help the Illinois PGA Foundation and Links Technology further enhance the site's capabilities and thus provide nonprofits greater tools to fundraise through the game.
The Illinois PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization and serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois Section PGA, one of the forty-one geographical regions that comprise the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America). Established in 1991, the organization focuses its community efforts on sharing the goodwill of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth. Illinois PGA Foundation initiatives include GolfWorks Illinois, ipgabirdiesforcharity.com, a youth-based scholarship and grants program, Illinois Golf Hall of Fame and support of The First Tee of Greater Chicago.
Through these efforts the Illinois Section PGA stands out as one of the most active and community-minded PGA Sections in the country.
** Source: www.golf2020.com/economicresearch