The Illinois PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois Section PGA, one of the forty-one geographical regions that comprise the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America). Established in 1991, the organization focuses its community efforts on promoting the goodwill and growth of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth. Illinois PGA Foundation initiatives include:
GolfWorks Illinois – a vocational development and scholarship program for Illinois high school and college age students to learn through hands-on work experience in the golf industry. The Foundation collaborates with Illinois golf industry partners to provide employment opportunities for students.
Illinois Golf Hall of Fame – The program celebrates the achievements of individuals hailing from the prairie state, whose career contributions have positively impacted golf in Illinois. The hall of fame exhibit, located in Glenview, IL, is a first class tribute to preserving the state’s rich golf heritage.
Youth-based Scholarship Funds – The Foundation provides financial assistance to young people pursuing a college education through several named endowment funds that include the Alice Meyer Brown, Louis Meyer Brown, Don Pieper and Oscar Miles scholarship funds.