“As a relatively new nonprofit with a small staff, Journey Home’s ability to raise funds to support its work to end chronic homelessness has always been constrained. Yet, private sector funding is critical. Since 2012, the Travelers Championship’s Birdies for Charity program has opened the door for Journey Home in three very important ways.
- It has given our board and staff a “fun” way to solicit donations without having to take on a heavy workload. It has also sensitized each of us to our fundraising obligations.
- It has helped us build awareness of Journey Home and its mission to a growing base of donors and prospects for future campaigns.
- From a modest beginning in year one, our Birdies for Charity fundraising doubled in year two and more than doubled again in year three, offsetting funding cuts from other sources during these critical growth years.
It is no secret that the high level of recognition and respect that The Travelers Companies, Inc. and the Travelers Championship have earned as good citizens of our community, lends credibility to all participating charities. We look forward to participating in Birdies for Charity for many years to come.”
Mark F. Fox, Journey Home, Inc.
“The Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, Inc. is a non-denominational, qualified 501 c-3 nonprofit. We provide a daily soup kitchen and weekly food pantry. During the past 12 months we provided nearly 500,000 meals to our friends and neighbors in need. Birdies for Charity is an important piece of our annual budget, and each year we look forward to working with the Travelers Championship. Thank you so much for your continued support!”
Sherry Mastrioani, Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries
“Services for the Elderly of Farmington is thrilled to have been a part of the Travelers Championship Birdies for Charity fundraiser since its onset. Our small organization is always searching for ways to raise funds and Birdies for Charity has proven to be a fun, easy way to accomplish this. The money collected from our participation enables us to carry out our mission to assist older citizens with maintaining their desired home lifestyle relative to their meals, transportation, socialization, home medical equipment, and maintenance. Our partnership with the Travelers Championship and this unique fundraiser has been such a positive and worthwhile experience.”
Nancy Walker, Services for the Elderly of Farmington
“Senior Resources participates with Birdies for Charity because it is an effective way to raise funds for the agency. Since we are heavily funded by state and federal funds, most of our funding is restricted to very specific activities or programs. Birdies for Charity provides resources that can be used on a variety of unexpected costs such as equipment needs. In addition, the funds are available for program costs that are not otherwise allowed by other sources. Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of this program.”
Joan Wessell, Senior Resources – Agency on Aging
“Year after year, participating in Birdies for Charity has raised money for our agency in a way that gives donors the chance to have some fun! From serious golfers to fans of mini-golf, everybody has a chance to get involved and give to a cause that means a lot to them. Birdies for Charity has been a great partnership for the Child Guidance Center and has helped us spread the word about what we do, reaching more people and bringing awareness to the need for mental health services among at-risk kids and teens.”
Jeannine Egdorf, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
“The National Federation of the Blind of CT finds it increasingly difficult to raise funds for our organization. The Birdies for Charity Program is an excellent opportunity for all of our members to raise money for our programs, and the Bonus Bucks Program is a great incentive! This year, we raised money to help fund our Summer 2015 Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Program, which will be a one-week program for blind and visually impaired children intended to improve their Braille skills through fun, hands-on learning activities.”
John Casolo, National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut
“Thanks to the Travelers Championship and Birdies for Charity, we were able to place several more pets with recipients this year, including “ZL,” a young adult transitioning to her own apartment for the first time. ZL adopted her new feline friend, just in time for the holidays. Her therapist said that she could not be happier for her as she has expressed a desire to have a cat for so long that she just never thought it would happen.”
“ZL’s story is just one of the many we’ve been able to share over the last few years. We are looking forward to working with Birdies for Charity again in 2015, as we begin laying the groundwork for growth so that we can help more people and homeless animals throughout Connecticut. Several of our recipients have seen dramatic improvements in their lives since adopting a rescue animal. One recipient has reduced the number of medications she has to take, and another has been taking classes to help counsel others in need. These life-changing placements would not have been possible without the support of organizations like the Travelers Championship and all of the wonderful individuals who contribute their time and money to the Birdies for Charity campaign.”
Jennifer Holt, Pets on Wheels of Connecticut
“Participating in Birdies for Charity makes it possible for the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Inc. to sustain our free, critical, comprehensive services provided to all who turn to us for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through our Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Resource Services programs.”
Samantha Flynn, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Inc.
“At Saint Brigid School, we are very happy the Birdies for Charity fundraising initiative was brought to our attention. Since Birdies for Charity is an exciting and turn-key program for raising much needed revenue, Saint Brigid School has been involved for the last several years! We would highly recommend participation in this program to any nonprofit organization seeking to increase their fundraising coffers.”
Andrea Austin-Thompson, Saint Brigid School