Golf has a longstanding history of giving back to society. It starts with the values of sportsmanship, respect and integrity that are inherent in the game and passed on to kids who learn the game, and continues with billions of dollars raised annually for charities across the country.
Golf is a key driver of charitable giving in the U.S – $3.9 billion a year to be exact. Philanthropic contributions, including those from professional tournaments, are a huge part of the industry, with the majority of funds going to causes outside of the sport. Beneficiaries include health, youth, education, environmental and cultural groups nationally, regionally and locally.
Did You Know?
According to a 2016 study conducted by the National Golf Foundation, 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)