Grass Roots Jr. Golf received 501 c 3, charitable, tax exempt status on September 22, 2004. It was selected to operate as The First Tee Snohomish County (TFTSC) on April 22, 2005 by The First Tee national organization.
All gifts to TFTSC are expected to be fully tax deductible. Please consult with your personal accountant for tax advice. All gifts will receive a formal acknowledgement letter as required by the IRS beginning in 2007.
All gifts to TFTSC will be used to advance the core mission of helping to make golf accessible to youth and encorporating life skills education into the golf skills training.
Gifts may be undesignated, designated, or in kind.
Undesignated gifts will be deposited into the GRJG general operating fund. The Executive Officers of the Board of Directors are the stewards of the general operating fund via the approval of the annual budget.
TFTSC's current need is the 2008 Annual Campaign to help fund the program costs for 2008. The 2008 Annual Campaing goal is $100,000. This goal provides funds to fully serve 400 students ($250 per student in uncompensated services.)
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The Board is also working to create the TFTSC Endowment called "The ForeEver Fund". The Endowment is a perpetual fund. The fund is invested for growth. The principle of the endowment is not distributed; it is only the growth on the principle that is distributed to support student scholarships, pre-paid junior golf rounds, and life skill coach training.
In kind gifts can be many things that TFTSC uses to deliver its mission. Examples include: office supplies, computers, golf clubs, golf course maintenance equipment, etc. etc.
Gifts of securities and personal property, and all in kind gifts must receive prior approval of the Board of Directors.
There are several immediate ways that volunteers can help advance the mission of Grass Roots Jr. Golf. CLICK HERE FOR A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
- Board Members
The Board of Directors meets bi-monthly in September, November, January, March, May, and July for 2 - 3 hours in the evening. Each Officer is expected to sit on one or more standing committees. Current committees include: Clinics, Marketing & Community Relations, Fundraisng, Facilities, Finance. The Executive Board of Officers meets bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings.
Website update, electronic newsletter, registar, bookkeeper, corresonding secretary are all examples of administrative help that we are eager to train volunteers with.
With a maximum clinic session having 16 kids, we need volunteer coaches to keep our student:coach ratio to our standards of 7:1 All coaches must go through a WSL background check and our coaches training program.
- Special Events
We has a variety of special events throughout the year. These include tournaments for the youth, fundraising events, volunteer recognition, and community relations.
- Work Parties
Volunteer help is welcomed for on-site work parties at our program sites.