Ways to Give

First Tee – Palm Beaches is sincerely grateful for the philanthropic support of the many individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations that financially contribute to our chapter.  Their combined generosity is vital to our growth and success.  We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Our EIN is 65-0262208.

87%

receive financial aid to attend First Tee programs

75%

receive free or reduced lunch at school

15%

of kids own a set of golf clubs

25%

of kids have a mentor outside of their family

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Golf Equipment Donations

We are always looking for donations of quality golf clubs and bags. We will either distribute the clubs to young people that cannot afford their own set or sell them to generate funds to offset the purchase of junior clubs or to conduct our programming. To make a donation, please visit or contact one of our drop off sites today. Your donations are tax deductible and you will be given a receipt.

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Year End Annual Appeal

We are excited to announce that we exceeded our participation goals and community impact for 2021!

  • 1,178 First Tee students
  • 499 special needs students
  • 179 veterans
  •  6 college scholarship winners

Our last fundraising campaign of the year is our Annual Appeal. There is a new wrinkle this year with a matching grant.

Charles R. Schwab has committed transformational support through a new $25 million grant will provide up to a $1 match for every $2 donated to First Tee Chapters by individuals, corporations and foundations now through 2026. This grant program will provide our chapter the opportunity to significantly grow and deepen our impact over the next several years.

“I believe in the power of investing to help individuals create a better tomorrow,” said Charles R. Schwab. “That’s why I am investing in First Tee. I believe in this organization’s mission and the power of the First Tee Chapters to continue changing the game for young people for years to come.”

How your gift impacts Palm Beach County:

  • Provides a life skills curriculum to young people ages 7-18
  • Introduces students to golf and its inherent values through after school & summer programs
  • Funds partnerships with youth serving organization such as the Police Athletic League and Urban Youth Impact
  • Families are never turned away that need financial aid
  • Fund our four-year college scholarship program
  • Develop our Coaches through comprehensive training

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Legacy Partner

Legacy Partner – $50,000 per year, minimum 4 year commitment.  Legacy Partners receive:

  • One foursome in our Monday After The Honda Classic golf tournament.
  • Special upgraded hospitality to The Honda Classic (includes f and b).
  • One foursome in our 100 Friends golf event conducted at The Bears Club.
  • Logo or name of corporation, foundation or individual in ALL collateral materials, including: monthly eNewsletters to 5000+ subscribers, recognition on our website and in our trifold brochure.
  • Signage in or on our Clubhouse.
  • If applicable, marketing exposure through all chapter channels in 4 Counties: St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Broward depending on direction of the gift.
Nine Core Value Sponsor

Nine Core Value Sponsor – $10,000 per year, minimum 3 year commitment.

  • One twosome in our Monday After The Honda Classic golf tournament.
  • Special upgraded hospitality to The Honda Classic (includes f and b).
  • One person entry in our 100 Friends golf event conducted at The Bears Club.
  • Logo or name of corporation, foundation or individual in ALL collateral materials, including: monthly eNewsletters to 5000+ subscribers, recognition on our website and in our trifold brochure.
  • Signage in or on our Clubhouse.
Nine Healthy Habits Sponsor

Nine Healthy Habits Sponsor – $5,000 per year

  • One person entry in our 100 Friends golf event conducted at The Bears Club.
  • Logo or name of corporation, foundation or individual in ALL collateral materials, including: monthly eNewsletters to 5000+ subscribers, recognition on our website and in our trifold brochure.
100 Friends Member

100 Friends Member

  • One person entry in our 100 Friends golf event conducted at The Bears Club- $1,000.

Examples of where sponsor dollars can help:

  • $1,250 provides 10 participants with a scholarship for a nine week First Tee class.
  • $1,500 sends a Coach to annual training.
  • $2,000 buys 20 sets of junior clubs.
  • $5,000 pays for all collateral materials, websites and eNewsletters for one year.
  • $10,000 pays for maintenance of our 12-acre golf facility for one month.

If you are interested in becoming a Partner and/or Sponsorship Opportunities please contact our office.

Planned Giving

The roots of golf can be traced back to Scotland in1457. Our youth development organization has continued the traditions of the game for over 25 years in Palm Beach County. The First Tee of The Palm Beaches has evolved into a major youth development organization at our Michael B. Finnegan Learning Center in Dyer Park and other golf courses all throughout the county. Founded by George McGrory (“Mr. Mac”), our non-profit organization, The Children’s Golf Foundation, Inc. began serving young people with disabilities in 1988.

Our chapter of  First Tee was established with the support of the Michael B. Finnegan Foundation, the PGA of America and The Honda Classic. Our service area includes all of Palm Beach County, which encompasses over 300,000 young people under the age of eighteen. Our chapter is one of over 160 throughout the world and one of 15 chapters in the state of Florida. Our programs are taught by PGA and LPGA Coaches trained by First Tee.

Why make a planned gift and join the Society of 1457?

• Help ensure the future growth of our organization and mission
• Pledge a significant gift with lasting impact on our programs
• Give back to your community
• Create a legacy gift
• Reduce your amount of estate taxes

Variety of giving platforms include:

• Cash or cash-equivalent assets
• Non-cash assets such as securities, life insurance policies, CDs, retirement accounts
• Charitable Gift Annuity and or Trusts

Please contact us if you are interested in including our Chapter in your estate plans.

Contact Carl Mistretta at [email protected]

Vehicle License Plate Program

Palm Beach County golfers have no doubt taken notice of the “Golf Capital of the World” license plate proudly displayed on thousands of local automobiles. Many golfers do not know that the benefitting charity of this license plate is junior golf.

Created in 2002 by the Dade Amateur Golf Association, the Florida Junior Golf Council was formed for the benefit of Florida’s junior golf programs. Through the efforts of the late Charlie DeLucca, the “Golf Capital of the World” license plate was passed into law by the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush. All revenue generated supports junior golf programs. To date, over $8.7 million has been distributed to support junior golf.

The FJGC license plate grant program is designed to assist organizations that introduce young people to golf, through instruction and competition, teach the values and Rules of Golf, stress integrity, courtesy, self-discipline, and other life skills.  Additionally, the grant program assists junior golf organizations that serve economically disadvantaged youth, children with special needs and the general population.  The FJGC is planning to significantly increase the size of grants for the next year because of the impact of COVID-19 on junior golf programs.

The easiest way to purchase the license plate is during your birthday month by renewing your tag registration. The plate can be purchased online or in person at the office of the tax collector or tag agency. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!