Golf's charitable impact shared
The PGA of America
Today, GOLF 20/20 - the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry - announced that golf's charitable impact in the year 2011 reached $3.9 billion dollars.
The amazing part of that statement is not just the sheer amount of money - but also the consistency that golf provides, every year, to charity.
From the release:
Today, GOLF 20/20 - the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry - released a statement highlighting the amount of money golf raised for various charitable causes in 2011.
From the release:
"(ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.) - GOLF 20/20 -- the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry - today announces golf's charitable impact of $3.9billion in 2011.
According to a study conducted by the National Golf Foundation, golf as a fundraising vehicle includes an estimated:
- 12,000 golf facilities(75 percent of U.S. total)
- 143,000 events
- 12 million participants
- $26,300 average per function
"Regardless of the economic climate, golf is a key driver of charitable giving in the U.S.," says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. "As a major focus of the golf industry, working with organizers of philanthropic events helps improvemillions of lives."
Beneficiaries include health, youth, education, environmental and cultural groups nationally, regionally and locally.
More than 85 percent of organizations conducting golf events find them important because, in addition to raising significant funds, they are easy to organize and provide exposure and networking opportunities among supporters.
The charitable impact findings are based on qualitative callsand data collection from a coast-to-coast sampling of public and private golf facilities, and non-profit organizations producing golf events.
Donations, including those from professional golf tournaments, are a significant part of the golf industry, which is comparable in size to the motion picture and video industries."