Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday each celebrate the season of discounts, offering discounts and door-buster deals to help shoppers save big on holiday gifts.
In the midst of all of our holiday shopping however, #GivingTuesday serves as a wonderful reminder that gift giving comes in many forms.
The global movement draws attention to the ways people give back to organizations who inspire change, and in honor of this year’s celebration, we’ve put together a helpful list of non-profits connected to golf worthy of contributions this year:
With golf as the vehicle, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf programs help build confidence and leadership skills for more than 70,000 girls each year. Their unique approach introduces girls to the sport in an all-girl environment (a proven strategy for increasing engagement and retention) and uses fun and social activities to teach life skills valuable to girls throughout their journey in the program.
Since 1896, the Volunteers of America has served and supported the most vulnerable people of America including homeless individuals and families, veterans, underprivileged children, people with disabilities and those recovering from addictions.
Volunteers of America of Florida will soon begin work on the Sandra Gal Children’s Center to provide a safe and happy space for children to learn and grow through mindfulness practice, meditation, golf and more.
Affordability is a well-known struggle for many families hoping to support children who play golf. From country clubs to municipal courses, Youth on Course has subsidized over 750,000 rounds of golf, providing young golfers with access to life-changing opportunities for $5 or less, and they now offer internships and caddy opportunities to give kids an inside look at career opportunities within the golf industry.
Recently named the benefiting charity for the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders tournament, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital provides the help and treatment children and families need to overcome childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.
Now synonymous with the Nine Core Values, the more than 150 chapters of The First Tee teach more than just stance and swing but prepare kids with skills critical for success on and off the golf course, including honesty, integrity and perseverance. The program impacts more than 5 million children annually, and shows no signs of slowing down.
This year DASANI Sparkling is matching every donation to The First Tee, up to $30,000.
Founder Gianna Rojas, otherwise known as the “One-Handed Lady Golfer”, is on a mission to make golf accessible to men and women of ALL abilities. Part facilitator and part educator, she and the Adaptive Golfers non-profit connect individuals with physical limitations to modified golf equipment, while offering tailored golf instruction, and access to a community of other budding golfers.
The organization also facilitates workshops for golf professionals to provide guidance and training for how to equip and teach individuals with varied physical and cognitive abilities.
Little League meets golf, PGA Jr. League has shaken up the world of junior golf competition by converting an individual sport into a full-on team battle royal. The friendly competition brings communities together, giving boys and girls the opportunity to play and support one another through teamwork. There’s loads to love about the program, including the adorable team uniforms.
Learn more at PGAJrLeague.org and find a local youth team to contribute to.
At the tender age of 15, LPGA Player Morgan Pressel lost her mother to breast cancer. Determined to help other women at risk, she began the annual Morgan & Friends Charity Pro-Am, enlisting LPGA players and celebrities to lend support in her charity fundraiser. She’s raised more than $2 million for cancer research and early detection vehicles including a mammo-van, which provides affordable breast exams and health care to those who might not otherwise receive it.
If you live in the Midwest you’re likely familiar with the Meijer grocery store chain, you may have even contributed to your local store’s Simply Give program, which has been helping to keep neighborhood food pantries stocked since 2008. Simply Give’s campaigns give shoppers the opportunity to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card at checkout. The donation is then converted into a gift card and donated directly to a local food pantry to support individuals and families vulnerable to hunger.
Learn more about Simply Give and how to make a contribution at your local store here.
Is there a charity close to your heart you’d like to add to the list? Share it with us in the comments below.