Introduced in 2010, the Birdies for Children program serves to help 501(c)3 organizations generate additional fundraising dollars through an exciting contest that culminates with a grand prize winner! Fourteen years into the campaign, Birdies for Children has raised over $20 million for charity; distributing funds to over 100 local and national organizations

How it Works

Donations of $20 or more from donors who make pledges here are eligible. The donor then receives the opportunity to make guess(es) on the number of birdies that will be made at the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches.  The Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches collects all donations and writes checks back to the charities for 100% of the money plus a 5% matching bonus. There is no risk or expense to the charity (all costs covered by The Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches).

A birdie is a score of one stroke better than par for any golf hole. Par is the average expected score for any given hole (typically 3, 4, or 5). PGA pros are expected to make between 1,000 – 1,500 birdies during The Classic in the Palm Beaches.

Past Birdie Totals:
2009: 1,180    2010: 1,181    2011: 1,041    2012: 1,279    2013: 1,244    2014: 1,363    2015: 1,168    2016 : 1,246    2017: 1,361    2018: 1,090    2019: 1,320    2020: 1,172   2021 :1,345    2022: 1,262    2023: 1,419    2024: ?

We are asking donors to pledge at least $20 in order to receive a chance to guess the birdies. The price point is 1 guess for $20, 3 guesses for $50 – so for example, $250 would provide 15 guesses to the donor.

Yes, donors will get an instant receipt if they sign up online highlighting their pledge, with the following statement. “Please accept this acknowledgement as an official receipt in compliance with IRS regulations. No goods or services were provided in return for your contribution. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift as it may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Children’s Healthcare Charity is registered in Florida as a nonprofit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code with the tax id number of 20-4394654.”