“Birdies for Charity” is a program of the John Deere Classic PGA golf Tournament held each July in Silvis, IL.

Charities, such as the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, solicit pledges for each birdie – a score of one under par – made by the pros’ on each hole of the golf tournament on Wednesday through Sunday. The number of Birdies the last five years ranged from 1,863 to 2,124. Thus, a pledge of one penny ($.01) per birdie became a donation of $18.63 to $21.24. Direct donations may also be made, rather than making a pledge.

Participating charities receive every single penny of the donations from this program, plus a percent match from the John Deere Classic which has historically been in excess of 5%.

A guess may be made on the total number of birdies of the tournament, making the participant eligible for significant prizes.

Businesses can contribute through the “Charity Partner Program” and receive on-course recognition and passes for the tournament.



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The information on this site is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney, tax professional or investment advisor.

For further information or to make a gift, contact:

Sr. Cathy (Kate) Katoski, OSF
President and Director of Development
Sisters of St. Francis
3390 Windsor Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001
563-583-9786 ext. 1024 (phone)
563-583-3250 (fax)