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.
The John Deere Classic tournament administers the program, invoices all donors and turns over 100% of all monies collected to each designated organization. This is made possible by the John Deere Foundation's generous promise to pay all administrative costs for the Birdies program.
Best of all, the tournament then takes its annual profits and adds a second “bonus” check of 5-10% to each organization. So, for every $1.00 pledged and collected, the charity receives between $1.05 - $1.10. Tough to find a better deal than that!
It is the charities responsibility to solicit pledges for their organization. Beginning in April, charities are able to acquire official pledge forms for the season. Once acquired, the charities must label each pledge form with their organization name and Bird Number (assigned at registration) prior to distributing to donors.
Donors are able to send their pledge/donation directly to the Birdies for Charity office, however, if the charity receives any in their office they are asked to forward onto the BFC office. Any payments received by your office should be stapled directly to the donor’s pledge card and forward onto the BFC office.
Simply fill out a pledge card with your contact information and pledge amount. Pledges need to be at least $0.01/birdies or a one-time flat donation of any amount. You will also be able to guess the number of birdies recorded during Wed-Sun of the John Deere Classic for your chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2017 Lexus NX car or other prizes.
After the tournament, you will be invoiced based on the number of birdies recorded, not the number you guessed.
For example, if you pledge $0.01 per birdies and 2,000 birdies are recorded, you will be bill for $20.00.
Individuals who guess the correct number of birdies will automatically have the chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2017 Lexus NX. A blind drawing reduces the number of correct guessing donors to five - with the final five having the chance to turn an ignition key themselves at a live event. One key starts the car. Other great prizes are randomly assigned and include a John Deere riding lawn mower, John Deere Classic Tee Marker and more.
After the tournament, the John Deere Classic invoices each donor up to three times to collect their pledged amount
Our fulfillment rate has been over 98% for the last five years. Once all the money is collected, the tournament delivers checks and a detailed list of donors to each charity by October 31st. The 5%-10% bonus checks are delivered at the same time.