Rocket Mortgage Classic Opens Registration for 2020 Birdies for Charity Program

All area certified 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to register to participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies for Charity program, run in conjunction with the May 25-31 PGA Tour tournament at Detroit Golf Club.
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Detroit Golf Club
The Rocket Mortgage Classic has opened registration to certified 501(c)(3) for its 2020 Birdies for Charity Program. Pictured is the Detroit Golf Club // File photo

All area certified 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to register to participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies for Charity program, run in conjunction with the May 25-31 PGA Tour tournament at Detroit Golf Club.

Registered nonprofits can sign up by visiting RocketMortgageClassic.com, selecting Charity and then clicking on Birdies for Charity. The turnkey program is completely free for participating organizations, with 100 percent of the proceeds directed to the nonprofits.

Through the program, all registered nonprofit organizations who apply can collect two types of contributions – a flat dollar amount or a donation based on the total number of birdies (strokes below par on a hole) made by PGA Tour pros during the four rounds of tournament play. The lower the golf scores, the greater the impact for local nonprofits. With no administrative fees or heavy lifting, this turnkey program is a proven way to raise funding for nonprofits.

Serving as a launchpad for long-term positive impact, the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s Birdies for Charity program was designed to help increase the amount of positive change generated by the PGA Tour’s first event ever held within the city of Detroit. The inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic raised more than $100,000 through its Birdies for Charity program, nearly all of which benefited local Detroit organizations.

“The Girls Golf Program sponsored by the Michigan Women’s Golf Association is grateful to the Rocket Mortgage Classic and its Birdies for Charity program because the money raised from our members and girls golf program supporters allowed us to enroll an all-time high number of junior golfers,” says Francine Pegues, director of the Girls Golf Program. “I was able to distribute and collect the pledge forms at all our events and have a link on our website that connected to the online donor form. The program was easy to use, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to participate in Birdies for Charity again!”

Including the funds raised through the Birdies for Charity program, the Rocket Giving Fund recently announced the distribution of more than $1.2 million – $900,000 of which went to the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiaries and more than $1.1 million which went to Detroit-based organizations. The Rocket Giving Fund is the charitable arm of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and directs the net proceeds from the event to designated nonprofits.

“We were all inspired by the success of our Birdies for Charity program in its first year, and we encourage all nonprofits to participate during the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic,” says Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. “The program is free to all participating organizations, and the platform of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is great for increasing visibility and soliciting donations to support the mission of each organization. Along with the contributions made to our primary charitable beneficiaries, we’re extremely proud of the impact that the Rocket Mortgage Classic had in its first year.”

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