John Deere Classic Endowment

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Over the past 45 years, the John Deere Classic has seen an astounding amount of accomplishment.  The tournament has been deemed “one of the most amazing success stories on the PGA TOUR” according to past PGA TOUR commissioner, Tim Finchem.  What is so amazing about the John Deere Classic? Simply put, it has survived.  Withstanding multiple changes in location and title sponsors, it is unlike other small-market events and has managed to thrive as a community-based, charity-oriented tournament.  In fact, it consistently ranks as #1 on TOUR in per capita giving and was named “PGA TOUR – Tournament of the Year” in 2016.

The mission of the John Deere Classic, a non-for-profit corporation, is to conduct a PGA TOUR sanctioned professional golf tournament that will contribute positively to the quality of life in our community.  The John Deere Classic also strives to provide growing annual financial contributions to charities in our area, as well as promote volunteerism.  Through the golf tournament and various tournament programs, our main goal is to provide a positive economic impact to the community.
Since the tournament inception in 1971, the John Deere Classic has delivered over $80 million to regional charities, most of it through its innovative Birdies for Charity program.  Every 501(c)(3) organization in our area is eligible to participate in the tournament’s charitable program.  This program has been developed to provide fundraising opportunities for non-for-profit organizations located within the JDC tournament area.  By providing a means for charities to help themselves raise much needed funds for special projects and/or programs, we are helping to enhance the overall quality of life within our community.
An additional part of the charitable efforts of the John Deere Classic is the bonus match promise.  Each year, the tournament promises these participating charities a 5% match based on the total dollars brought in by their organization, always striving to do more than the amount promised.  Through the development of the Platinum Tee Club, the tournament has been able to award these organizations with a 10% match for the past several years.
By becoming a John Deere Classic Endowment Partner of the Community Foundation, the John Deere Classic will be able to continue this increased matching percentage for years to come.  With your help, we will continue to be “one of the most amazing success stories on the PGA TOUR.”

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