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Benefits of Hosting a Charity Golf Tournament

A golf tournament has some unique benefits that make it a prime candidate for your next fundraising event, such as:

  • Golfers have a high capacity to give: Studies show that, on average, golfers have a much higher net worth than the average American. Thus, your attendees are more likely to have deep pockets and the capacity to donate.
  • You can supplement the event with other fundraising activities: If not all of your donors are golf fans, you can keep them engaged by offering other fun ways to enjoy the event. For example, add a silent auction component, food and drink tickets, or a raffle to raise more money and keep your attendees interested.
  • It’s a fun and popular game: Who doesn’t love some friendly competition once in a while? Golf’s universal appeal can attract attendees who might not already know of your nonprofit and turn them into donors.
  • It’s excellent for sponsors: You can engage socially-minded businesses to sponsor your event in various ways. For instance, you can collect in-kind gifts of golf clubs, balls, and tees from a local athletic store and ask a local golf course to gift you the use of the course for the event. Providing sponsors with a variety of giving options makes them more likely to participate, and golf’s flexibility accommodates that.

Now that you understand why you should host a charity golf tournament, let’s dive into how to get started.

How to Host a Charity Golf Tournament

Here are some easy tips you can follow to set your charity golf tournament up for success.

1. Set your goals and plan the tournament logistics

With any effective fundraiser, goal-setting is a crucial part of raising the funds you need from your event. Sit down with your planning committee and determine your desired outcomes, including new donors acquired or fundraising dollars raised. Then, take a look at your budget and create your charity golf tournament’s financial plan. Determine your overhead costs, such as venue rental, food preparation, marketing, an event management software license, and labor on the day of the event. Consider if you can get any of these costs covered by sponsorships and in-kind donations. Finally, research courses in the area and confirm a date, time, and location of the event, and start sending a registration link to donors through your event management software.

2. Assign volunteer roles

Once you’ve selected the course and negotiated the contract, you can start finding volunteers to help you run the event. Send out a sign-up sheet to your loyal volunteers with the jobs available and the time commitment on the day of the event. Next, either organize a training session before the event or on the same day before donors show up where you answer any questions and outline what needs to be done. 

3. Market your tournament

You should have already formed a marketing plan during the planning phase. Start to create marketing materials, such as social media posts, online advertisements, email blasts, and direct-mail flyers. Include golf-themed branding and slogans so your donors can get excited about the event. Don’t forget to segment your audience by giving amount, involvement with your nonprofit, or age to send out the most relevant communications to each donor.

4. Decide how to generate and collect fundraising revenue

Perhaps the most important part of your fundraiser planning process is deciding how to monetize it. Fortunately, there are many ways to monetize a charity golf tournament, such as creating sponsorship packages, implementing a peer-to-peer element, selling food and drink tickets, incorporating a virtual hole, and adding other fundraising activities like auctions and raffles. Ensure you gather all fundraising data in your CRM and use mobile-friendly donation pages so you can continue collecting money during the event. 

5. Reflect on your data and thank donors

Once the event is over, your work isn’t done yet! Remember to track the fundraising progress leading up to and during the charity golf tournament. This data helps you evaluate the success of the tournament and identify areas for improvement. This is also a great time to thank and gather feedback from your donors and volunteers so you can cater future events to their preferences.

The Bottom Line

By organizing a charity golf tournament, you can unite philanthropists and golf enthusiasts for a great cause. Not many other events can leverage a fun sporting event for fundraising dollars and increased awareness of your cause. So, don’t delay—your charity golf tournament is sure to be a hole-in-one if you follow these tips!