What is the GCSAA Foundation?

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The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of GCSAA.

The GCSAA Foundation secures funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Founded in 1955 as the GCSAA Scholarship & Research Fund for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Foundation serves as the association’s philanthropic organization. The Foundation relies upon the support of many individuals and organizations to fund programs to advance its mission.

The results from these activities, conducted by GCSAA, are used to position golf courses as properly managed landscapes that contribute to the greater good of their communities. Supporters of the Foundation know that they are fostering programs and initiatives that will benefit the game, its environment and communities for years to come.

Foundation news

GCSAA Foundation, chapters working together

Aug 30, 2022, 10:36 AM by Angela Hartmann

Special thanks to the Everglades GCSA, Michigan GCSA and Palm Beach GCSA for their financial contributions in support of the GCSAA Foundation mission to strengthen its funding for research, education, and advocacy that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Donations from supporters such as GCSAA chapters help provide education for members to adopt Best Management Practices and to advocate on behalf of the industry to sustain the game.

GCSAA chapters are a key channel in member engagement, retention and acquisition of new members at both the local and national level. As partners in the golf industry, GCSAA chapters and their members also benefit from the Foundation by participating in the annual Rounds 4 Research auction, attending the Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium and through education programs such as the Melrose Leadership Academy and the EXCEL Leadership Program.

The Foundation's focus this year includes growing support for the GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador Program that empowers GCSAA members with the communications necessary to promote the value of golf facilities within their congressional district, growing First Green to provide STEM education to youth in all 50 states, gathering data through the Golf Course Environmental Profile that documents changes in environmental practices over time and continuing to assist GCSAA members in creating facility BMP manuals.

"The Everglades GCSA is delighted to help fund the GCSAA Foundation each year. The chapter values the challenging work of golf course superintendents who try to balance turfgrass management and environmental sustainability," said Everglades GCSA President Kevin Leo, director of golf courses and grounds at Quail Creek Country Club. "It is energizing to also see other GCSAA Chapters join us in supporting the Foundation."

Chapters can help by donating or encouraging their members to volunteer and promote the programs funded by the Foundation.

The GCSAA Foundation is grateful for the generosity and leadership of the Everglades GCSA, Michigan GCSA and Palm Beach GCSA.