Birdies for Charity

Birdies for Charity 

If we told you that non-profit agencies and school programs could make a minimum of 105% revenue from a fundraising event and incur no operating costs, would we capture your interest?  Since 2010, the Rapiscan Systems Classic (formally the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic) has raised more than $2.7 million for local charities in Coastal Mississippi.  In 2019, participating charities raised over $445,176 through Birdies for Charity. That tradition continues in 2020, as Gulf Coast Community Foundation has partnered with the Rapiscan Systems Classic to present the 2020 Birdies for Charity fundraising program.

 

Birdies for Charity is a fundraising program, operating in conjunction with the Rapiscan Systems Classic, that enables non-profit organizations and schools in the lower six Mississippi counties to solicit donations that will be matched by a minimum of 5%.  That’s a 105% return on your money!!

 

Funds are generated by soliciting donations from individuals and corporations with the flexibility to pay in advance or be billed after the tournament.  Donations are accepted from anywhere around the world and are tax deductible, thanks to Rapiscan Systems Classic’s nonprofit 501(c)(3) status.

 

Charities also have the opportunity to will Bonus Bucks.  Charities will be divided into two categories according to their annual operating budget: small charities ($99,999 and below) and large charities ($100,000 and above).  The top three grossing charities in each category will receive:

 

1st place – $3,000

2nd place – $2,000

3rd place – $1,000

 

Registration to participate in the 2020 fundraising campaign for charities and schools is closed. Please check back in the Fall of 2020 for information about the 2021 Birdies for Charity program.  All types of 501(C)(3) charities, as well as school programs like athletic teams, dance and cheer, science programs, PTA, and much more are all welcome to participate.

 

There are many benefits for organizations to register and participate:

 

  • There is zero risk to get involved
  • No cost to register and participate in the program (no registration or merchant fee
  • 100% of the funds raised goes directly back to the participating organizations
  • By raising a minimum of $500, charities and schools can earn a minimum of 5% match on what’s collected in the program
  • Charities have the opportunity to win additional funds by placing in the top three

 

If you know of a charity or school that isn’t already involved. Please encourage them to participate in this great community initiative.  Birdies for Charity will run from October 1, 2019 through May 15, 2020.  Please click on the links on the right for further information and for registration instructions.