Birdies for Charity
The John Deere Classic's main purpose is to raise funds for local and regional charities. In 2017, $12.3 million was donated from the tournament to 521 charities to help meet the needs of children, families, handicapped individuals and a variety of others. Included in the tournament's charity efforts are donations from tournament proceeds and from the Birdies for Charity program.
The John Deere Classic remains #1 per-capita in charity donations on the PGA TOUR.