Birdies For Charity
Birdies for Charity® is a fundraising program designed in 1997, to give participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open. Birdies for Charity is a no-cost program that gives 100% of the funds raised back to the participating organization. Funds are generated by soliciting pledges from individuals and corporations.
Birdies for Charity is like a walk-a-thon, but instead of donating per mile, participants make a pledge for every birdie made at the Valero Texas Open. The 2016 Valero Texas Open had 1,834 birdies made, so a pledge of $0.01 yielded a donation of $18.34.
Donors also have the ability to make a one-time donation and flexibility to pay in advance or to be billed after the tournament. Donations are accepted from anywhere around the world and are tax deductible.
The 2017 Birdies for Charity fundraising campaign is held October 2016 – April 23, 2017. Registration for charities and schools to participate in the campaign is presently open.
What is a birdie?
In golf, “par” is the normal expected score on any given hole. Every one of the 18 holes on a golf course has its own “par” assigned to it. A “birdie” is one stroke under par for a hole, possibly derived from the term “It flew like a bird” to indicate a good shot.
Ex. Par 5 on Hole 18 at TPC San Antonio, AT&T Oaks Course, a Birdie would be 4, an Eagle would be 3, and a Double Eagle would be 2 strokes (hits) to get the ball in from the tee box, onto the green and into the hole.
“Guess the Birdies” Contest
To add excitement, donors can participate in the “Guess the Birdies” contest. Participants simply guess how many birdies will be made from Monday and Wednesday’s pro-ams on the host course (AT&T Oaks Course) including amateurs and pros, in addition to the birdies made by the pros, Thursday-Sunday of competition.
The individual with the correct guess wins the grand prize, a Stay-and-Play Package to TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. Ties are determined through a tiebreaker event. And if no one guesses correctly, the computer will randomly select the grand prize winner.
Donors who make a contribution through Birdies for Charity and also attend the Valero Texas Open (April 20-23) shall stop by the Charity Pavilion in the Gatorade Fan Fest at main gate entrance to check in and get entered into drawing for a two-year lease on a brand-new Ford vehicle. Each day attended, earns one additional entry into drawing per day. One lucky donor will win. The lucky winner will also earn the charity they selected as the recipient of their donation a $20,000 donation in their honor from the Valero Texas Open.
Birdies made in past tournaments:
- 2010 – 1,954 birdies*
- 2011 – 1,950 birdies
- 2012 – 2,022 birdies
- 2013 – 1,640 birdies
- 2014 – 1,784 birdies
- 2015 – 2,103 birdies
- 2016 – 1,834 birdies
*The Valero Texas Open moved to their new tournament home, TPC San Antonio.
Since 1997, the Valero Texas Open has been committed to making the Birdies for Charity program succeed. In 2016, Birdies for Charity raised a record-breaking $2.78M for over 125 participating charities and schools with a collection rate of 99.994%.
Tools & Resources for Participating Charities
Download various tools and resources to assist in in your charity's fundraising campaign. Password required.
Corporate PartnersGiving is at the heart of Birdies for Charity! We want to thank our corporate partners:
Recommended Pledge Requests
- Individuals: $0.01+ (per birdie made)
- Corporations: $0.50+ (per birdie made)
- 1 cent = $21.03
- 5 cents = $105.15
- 10 cents = $210.30
Suggested Donation Requests
- Individuals: $20+
- Corporations: $1,000+