USGA Foundation and Members Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the USGA created a Foundation?

The USGA is committed to leading the future of golf by supporting programs and initiatives that enhance the golfer experience, drive participation by juniors, beginners and golfers with disabilities, reduce the consumption of critical resources and develop the next generations of leaders who will change the face of golf. We established the USGA Foundation to help secure resources that will allow us to make an even greater impact on the game. Making a tax-deductible donation to the USGA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ensures that every dollar donated to the USGA Foundation will be directed to programs in four key impact areas essential to helping golf thrive for generations to come. 

 

Are donations made to the USGA tax-deductible?

Yes, the USGA is a non-profit charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Monetary donations to the USGA are tax-deductible as long as no goods or services are provided in exchange for tax-deductible contributions. 

 

What is the USGA federal tax ID number?

13-1427105 is our Federal Tax ID number (also known as an EIN, Employer Identification Number).

 

What percentage of my donation goes directly to programs?

100%! No funds raised through the USGA Foundation are designated to administrative, executive or fund-raising costs. 

 

How can I make a donation?

The USGA will accept check or credit card donations online, through the mail or by telephone. To donate online, please visit usga.org. To donate via mail, please send it to the following address: USGA, 77 Liberty Corner Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. To donate by phone, please call us at 800.223.0041.

 

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes. All donations are acknowledged. Online transactions receive an email acknowledgment shortly after the transaction is complete. Donations made by phone or through the mail will receive an acknowledgment in the mail. Please be sure to keep the acknowledgment as your receipt. 

 

How do I make a donation in honor or memory of someone?

It’s easy to celebrate the milestones of a friend or loved one by making a donation to the USGA Foundation in their honor or memory. Simply contact Susan Wasser, Assistant Director Legacy Giving & Donor Engagement by email at susanw@usga.org or by phone at 908.234.2300 ext. 1949.

 

What assets can I use to make a gift to the USGA?

Generally speaking, during your lifetime, you can make an outright gift of cash, securities or other property. Through your will or with a distribution from a retirement plan or life insurance policy, your gift can be designated to the USGA. 

 

I would like to include the USGA in my will. What tax forms do I need to make a planned gift?

To assist you and your financial adviser in structuring planned gift contributions, we suggest reviewing IRS Form 8283 and Form 8282. If you plan to add the USGA as a beneficiary, please contact us. Any questions regarding Legacy Giving, please contact Susan Wasser, Assistant Director Legacy Giving & Donor Engagement by email at susanw@usga.org or phone at 908.234.2300 ext. 1949.

 

Can I make monthly, automatic donations to the USGA?

We presently do not have a process to handle an automated monthly donation program. You may visit usga.org to make a donation as frequently as you would like.

 

If I decide to donate, does this change my USGA membership at all? Can I pay for my USGA membership and donate at the same time?

We value your support as a USGA member. Donations to the USGA do not impact your membership or membership expiration date. You may certainly renew your membership and provide an additional donation at the same time.

 

Where do my USGA membership dollars go?

Membership dues, above the cost of received benefits, support the work of the USGA that drives the vitality of the game, today and for generations to come.

 

Do you have a matching-gift program?

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, the impact of your gift to the USGA may be doubled or possibly tripled! Contact your employer’s human resources department for more information. 

 

What if I have another question about the USGA or USGA Foundation?

For all donation or general questions, please call 800.223.0041 or contact foundation@usga.org.

 

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Where can I update my profile information?

To update your profile information, click the person icon in the website header.

 

How do I contact the USGA Membership customer service department?

To get answers for any USGA membership questions, please call 800-223-0041 or email membership@usga.org.

 

How do I renew my membership?

To renew your USGA membership, you must sign in to the Clubhouse. To start your membership renewal process, click "Sign in/Register."

 

What is the USGA?

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the governing body of golf in the United States and Mexico. Founded in 1894, the USGA works to preserve golf's past, foster its future and champion its best interests for the benefit of everyone who enjoys the game.

 

How do I join the USGA?

Visit the USGA Membership page and select the desired membership level. Once you have selected the appropriate level and clicked the 'Join' button, you will need to create an account. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Enter your preferred email address, create a password (this will be your login) enter your birthdate and click the security box
  • Enter your account information and zip code, submit
  • Once you submit, confirm your information and proceed to the payment page and complete your transaction

 

Why should I become a USGA Member?

When you join the USGA, you receive exclusive benefits to thank you for your membership. You also enjoy the satisfaction of helping to support a broad range of USGA initiatives that touch everyone who cares about the game:

  • Maintaining the integrity of the Rules of Golf, equipment standards and handicapping standards that allow golfers everywhere to compete equitably
  • Increasing opportunities for amateurs, junior golfers, disabled golfers and others to participate in championships and community-based programs
  • Pursuing USGA-supported environmental research and education leading to sustainable course-management practices for the future
  • Preserving the history, traditions and defining moments of the game at the USGA Museum and Library and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History

 

What benefits will I receive?

All Members receive a U.S. Open hat, the latest edition of "The Rules of Golf," a personalized Member bag tag, a subscription to the USGA Insider e-newsletter and various Members-only special offers and invitations. Additional benefits also are provided to the upper-level Members. Click here for a complete list of benefits available at each membership level.

 

Do I receive a USGA Handicap with my membership?

No, the USGA does not issue handicaps directly to individual golfers. Instead, it develops the formula that is used by licensed golf clubs to tabulate a USGA Handicap Index for each of its members. For more information on establishing a handicap, please contact your local head golf professional or regional golf association. Click here for information on regional golf associations.

 

Will I receive USGA Championship tickets as part of my membership?

Ticket opportunities for USGA Members are as follows:

  • Patron Club Members receive two complimentary weekly ticket packages to the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Amateur
  • Patron Plus Club Members receive the same ticket packages as noted above, except the U.S. Open ticket packages are upgraded from Grounds tickets to Trophy Club tickets
  • All other Members are given an opportunity, in advance of the general public, to purchase ticket packages to the U.S. Open

 

When will I receive my benefits?

Your Member benefits packages will be mailed within four to six weeks after your membership payment is received. This package will deliver all membership materials except upper-level benefits (Champion Club or above) for the coming year's championship season, which are mailed in the fall.

If you do not receive your benefits in a timely basis, please email us at membership@usga.org or call 1-800-223-0041, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

 

Is my USGA membership tax-deductible?

Depending on which membership level you choose, a portion of your annual dues may be tax-deductible. All Members to whom this applies will be notified about the value of the tax deduction they will be eligible to take.

 

What is the difference between 'Individual' and 'Dual' memberships?

A dual membership covers two individual Members. The Member benefit package for both Members ships to a single address. The cost of a Dual membership is less expensive than purchasing two individual memberships while still affording the second Member the same benefits.

 

Why does the USGA want my email address?

We request your e-mail so we can send you USGA Insider, the e-newsletter, as well as other Member updates and invitations. We respect your privacy and will not share your email with third parties. For additional information, please see the USGA Privacy Policy.

 

Does the USGA Members Program share its mailing list with third parties?

Yes, USGA membership information will periodically be made available to carefully screened organizations unless you request otherwise. If you prefer to keep your record private, please let us know in writing. Send your request to: 

USGA Members Program

P.O. Box 746

Far Hills, N.J. 07931-0746

In order to process your request, you must include your eight-digit Member ID number found on your Membership ID card with a note stating, "I do not wish to be on other lists," and we will make sure that your information is not sent to any other organizations. For additional information, please see the USGA Privacy Policy. Members also can prevent their names from being made available to call direct-mail companies by contacting:

Mail Preference Service c/o Direct Marketing Association

P.O. Box 9008

Farmingdale, N.Y. 11375-9008

 

How will my gift be announced?

Prior to the delivery of the Member benefits package, the USGA will mail an announcement card to your gift recipient identifying you as the gift giver. Shortly thereafter, the recipient will receive a benefits package containing a U.S. Open Hat, personalized bag tag, personalized Member ID card and the latest edition of The Rules of Golf.

 

Why should I give a USGA membership as a gift?

A USGA membership is a perfect gift for anyone with a passion for the game of golf. In addition, you and your gift recipient will each appreciate knowing that your gift is helping to support USGA initiatives for the good of the game.

 

What benefits will my gift recipient receive?

Recipients of gift memberships are entitled to the same benefits as all other USGA Members. That means your gift recipient will receive a one-year USGA membership, including a Members-only U.S. Open hat, the latest edition of "The Rules of Golf," a personalized Member bag tag, a subscription to the USGA Insider e-newsletter and various Members-only special offers and invitations. Additional benefits are also provided when you give upper-level memberships as gifts. Click here for a complete list of benefits available at each membership level.

 

Can I give a dual membership as a gift?

Yes, a Dual Membership is a Membership covering two individuals who reside at the same address. The cost of a Dual Membership is less expensive than purchasing two individual Memberships while still affording the second Member the same benefits.

 

How long will it take my gift to arrive?

It can take 4 to 6 weeks to process your payment and mail out the Member benefits package. If you need a gift for a particular holiday or birthday, please order well in advance.

 

Are my gift membership purchases tax-deductible?

Depending on which Membership level you choose as a gift, a portion of the dues paid may be tax deductible. In instances where this is the case, you will receive a letter informing you of the amount that may be considered tax deductible.

 

What happens when a gift membership is up for renewal?

When the one-year Membership is due for renewal, you, as the gift giver, will receive the first three renewal notices. If you choose not to renew the Membership, the fourth and fifth notices will go to the USGA Member who can then decide whether he or she would like to renew.