Birdies for Charity

Support the Genesee Area Focus Fund

Pledge Card Online Donation

To make a pledge or donation, download the PDF pledge card and email to Grants & Development at or complete the online donation form.

Birdies for Charity logoAs 78 golf professionals compete for a $2-million purse during The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren, the Genesee Area Focus Fund (GAFF), the nonprofit arm of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, will also have the chance to benefit from the players’ performance.

Through the tournament’s Birdies for Charity campaign, GAFF and other participating nonprofits can solicit donations and pledges based on the number of birdies* made during the September event. Whatever they raise, Ally Financial will provide a guaranteed 10 percent match.

This is a great opportunity to raise funding for the afterschool and pre-employment programs GAFF supports, including:

  • TeenQuest, a pre-employment and leadership training program for high school students, ages 14-19, in Genesee County
  • Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), which connects TeenQuest graduates with summer job opportunities in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors
  • YouthQuest, a comprehensive afterschool program that provides educational, enrichment and physical fitness opportunities for students in grades K-12

In the program’s first year, 16 Michigan 501(c)(3) charities raised $26,721.75 thanks to the 876 birdies recorded by PGA TOUR Champions players during competitive rounds at the inaugural tournament.

Interested in showing your support for the Genesee Area Focus Fund? Download the PDF pledge card below and email to Grants & Development at or complete the online donation form.

Pledge Card Online Donation

*Not a golfer? A birdie is a score of one stroke under par, which is the predetermined number of strokes an expert golfer should require to complete the hole. For example, on a par 5 hole, a score of 4 is a birdie.