Toro support has helped the GCSAA program raise more than $1.75 million for turfgrass research
Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 4, 2021) – The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), has again received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Company Foundation for continued support of the Rounds 4 Research program in 2021. With this contribution, Toro has donated $450,000 to the program over the past nine years.
Rounds 4 Research is designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. The program allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fundraising partners and direct the proceeds from auctioned rounds to specific projects that will have the most significant impact in their local areas. Since its launch in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $1.75 million. The 2021 auction will be held April 26-May 2 and is available to preview at www.biddingforgood.com/rounds4research. The program is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro.
“On behalf of GCSAA and its members, we thank Toro for its continuing commitment to Rounds 4 Research," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “Toro’s support has been critical to the success of the program, which provides long-term benefit to the golf industry and the game.
“Rounds for Research not only supports important local research, but it also gets people playing golf, a win-win for the industry,” said Judson McNeil, president of The Toro Company Foundation. “This partnership with the Environmental Institute for Golf highlights the importance Toro places on supporting the golf industry and we are proud of the impact the organization has on turf professionals.”
Toro is a longtime partner of the EIFG, donating nearly $2.3 million since 1987 to help support
scientific research, education and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals. As the exclusive presenting partner of Rounds 4 Research, Toro is a Victory Club member of the EIFG cumulative giving program and a GCSAA Platinum Partner.