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Golf Tournaments are good for Charities

By Stephen Harris for the United Way 

Charitable organizations, like the United Way, are always looking for enjoyable and innovative ways to raise awareness and funds. Few events attract charitable giving like golf. The green grass and warm weather bring out the fun competitive spirit and golf is a natural for attracting local players and business.

The United Way of Hunterdon County is teaming up with THE NORTHERN TRUST for a fund raising Golf Tournament Aug. 6-11 in Jersey City. The world’s top PGA TOUR players return to the metropolitan area this summer for THE NORTHERN TRUST, the premier event of the FedExCup Playoffs.


Receive a front row seat to the action while playing an integral role in an event that gives back

to United Way of Hunterdon County! An $87 volunteer fee provides week-long access to the tournament, six guest tickets, an official tournament cap and golf polo, and more. Plus, United Way of Hunterdon County will receive $8,000 if 40 volunteers select us as their charitable organization of choice.


Visit www.thenortherntrust.comforget to select United Way of Hunterdon County as your charity of choice.


To buy tickets (since you have Golf on the mind) click on UNITED WAY OF HUNTERDON COUNTY and enter code: 19COURSE

Here are a few more reasons that you might want to plan a golf outing for your favorite nonprofit -- after you support this one of course!

“For the nonprofits, the lure of a day of golf with friends or business contacts at a nice course they couldn’t play otherwise is driving donations to and awareness about these organizations, even those not typically associated with sporting events.” 1    Golfers love playing new and challenging courses, many of which have limited access. Many participants have never played in an amateur tournament. However, in 2011 almost half the golfing populations of the United States (25 million 1) participated in a fund-raising tournament.

Some charity tournaments bring in hundreds of thousand dollars or more. The average in 2014 was $26,000.  There are costs involved, many which can be donated. However, it can also be a great promotional event for local businesses. Bringing in a celebrity can be a draw as well.

Include various prizes at different holes (i.e. closest to pin), best foursome score, best and even lowest scores and so on. The event should have a fun carnival-like atmosphere making it equally fun for the best and worst player. Having a silent auction and luncheon are ways to extend the event for the participants and those that don’t play the game

There are plenty of websites offering ideas and plans for making a golf tournament successful.

“Among the charities we surveyed, 60 percent said the tournaments they run were extremely or very important to their success.”  People look forward to the event year after year!

As for why charity seems to pair well with golf…

“The atmosphere of being on a golf course and seeing a different hole every 15 to 20 minutes makes people feel good…  They all talk about what a great experience it was, what a great golf course it was. Those are the things that make people really enjoy being part of the charity.”1

It just feels good to be involved with a charity while having a good day on the golf course!

I hope this has convinced you to give golfing for a cause a try –remember you can start with The with THE NORTHERN TRUST and also support United Way of Hunterdon County. Fore!.


1  New York Times,