Golf has a longstanding history of giving back to society. It starts with the values of sportsmanship, respect, and integrity inherent in the game. It is 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 most funds going to causes outside of the sport.
Beneficiaries include health, youth, education, and 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)