ROUNDS 4 RESEARCH
Welcome to Rounds 4 Research
Rounds 4 Research is a fundraising program conducted by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) whereby rounds of golf (defined as a tee time for two or four, generally with carts) are auctioned to the public through an online auction. Through this program, participating organizations can solicit donated rounds with a minimum 80 percent of the proceeds being directed back to the organization. The EIFG’s Rounds 4 Research is an expansion of the innovative program that was introduced by the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association. The scope had grown beyond what the Carolinas GCSA could administer and in 2012 the EIFG took over the program to elevate it to a national level. The Rounds 4 Research auction will take ad-vantage of an online auction platform Bidding for Good. National communications efforts and grass-roots efforts from the participating organizations will drive golfers to the auction site. These efforts will provide a nationwide marketing opportunity for the golf facility. There will be one auction in 2018, held April 30-May 6. Who can participate? GCSAA-affiliated chapters, golf course superintendent associations (state, national or international) or their foundations can participate in the program. Other turfgrass- and research-related foundations and not-for-profit organizations are free to inquire, but GCSAA-affiliated chapters will generally have precedence in their respective state or region. he EIFG will review the circumstances in regard to the precedence of chapter participation.
How your organization can participate
Although the EIFG is administering the Rounds 4 Research program, it is actually a local “franchised” fundraising program that enables participating organizations to raise revenue. In fact, participating organizations should consider the Rounds 4 Research program their own fundraising program that is supported by the EIFG.
There are three primary responsibilities for all participating organizations:
Solicit for and obtain donated rounds to be sent to the EIFG for the auction.
Promote the program to golfers, allied associations, golf associations, media and members of your organization to supplement the national efforts being made by the EIFG.
Provide an annual summary of distributions received from the EIFG that indicates how the monies were used.