GOLF 20/20 – a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the U.S. golf industry – recently announced details about the game’s $3.9 billion annual charitable impact with more golf facilities than ever (12,700) hosting an event in 2016.
According to a study conducted by the National Golf Foundation (NGF), golf as a fundraising vehicle includes an estimated:
- 12,700 golf facilities (84 percent of U.S. total, 8 percent increase from 2011)
- 143,000 events
- 12 million participants
- $26,400 average per function
- 1 percent of all U.S. charitable giving (totaled $373 billion in 2015)
“Charity is at the heart of the U.S. golf industry,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “Golf is a key driver for charitable giving and takes pride in hosting charitable events to improve millions of lives through causes that are mostly unrelated to golf.”
Most common charitable golf event beneficiaries include health, youth, education and cultural groups nationally, regionally and locally.
Here is south Florida we annually conduct four fund raising events to help support the various initiatives of the South Florida PGA Foundation. In addition to our Foundation events, we realize so many of our facilities conduct countless events for other charities annually, and we thank you all for helping to change more lives through the game of golf.