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Frequently Asked Questions

* Responses provided by Tee it up for the Troops, Inc. website: www.teeitupforthetroops.org

What is Tee it up for the Troops (TIUFTT)?
We are a non-profit charity organized under IRS regulations and approved as a 501(c)3 organization that supports our veterans from all branches of service, as well as their families. We host various golf events, as well as, other fundraising activities throughout the United States of America. We encourage and actively support organizations, golf/country club managers and members in conducting fundraising events for Tee it up for the Troops, Inc.

Where are your headquarters?
We are headquartered in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota with various state chapters throughout the United States. You can reach us by mail at 515 West Travelers Trail, Burnsville, MN 55337, send us an email at info@teeitupforthetroops.org or call us at 952-646-2490.

Is your charity rated?
We are not rated by any of the known rating services such as Charity Navigator or The Better Business Bureau. However, our research indicates that, based on current operations, we would be rated very highly on financial accountability, Board of Director participation and ethics, operational accountability and financial disclosures within any agency rating metrics.

How much of the funds you raise goes to support your causes?
We have raised nearly $5,000,000 since our founding in 2005. In our first year we raised over $82,000 and in 2012 we raised almost $1,300,000. In 2012 we disbursed $1,100,000. We strive to keep our overhead expenses at less than 13% of funds raised, which is an excellent metric by all rating services.

What happens to retained or unspent funds?
Unspent funds are carried over and donated the following year. In some years we have carried over excess funds as many of our events are held in the second half of the year and funds received do not allow us to make timely contributions. Those funds are then donated as soon as possible the following year.

Are your tax returns or financial statements available for review?
Our audited financial statements are available on our website under About Us, Financials,  for the years 2009 through 2011. Our tax returns for the years 2005 through 2011 are also available on the website in the same location.

How do you determine which organizations receive donations?
We currently contribute to various nationally known charities that support our veterans. Those organizations are 501(c)3 approved. We also donate a significant amount to smaller charities. The Board of Directors solicits and receives various requests for donations. The Board then requests a formal application from the organization that includes how much they are requesting and how the donation is to be used. We do not fund organizational costs of smaller charitable non-profits. The Board will make allocations between the large, nationally known organizations and the smaller non-profits that have made funding requests.

Who have been the most supported organizations by Tee it up for the Troops over the past few years?

  • Fisher House
  • Disabled Sports USA
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes
  • Hope for the Warriors

Where can I find the next or closest event to me?
On our website click on Events, to go Find Events and choose a specific state. If no events are listed, please consider hosting an event and contact us with your ideas. Check back often as the calendar is updated as soon as events are confirmed.

How do I participate in an event?
Whether it is a golf event or some other type of event, it will have its own pricing structure for individual or group participation as well as sponsorship. If you have an event brochure or flyer, contact the particular event’s director or contact the National Office (see Contact Us) for contact info.

What do I need to do to organize/host a local event?
On our website you will see under Events the title Register Event. Please review this registration and contact the National Office with any questions you may have or for assistance through the process.

How can I keep up with what is happening with Tee it up for the Troops?
In addition to our website there state chapter sites, events that host websites and we have a monthly e-newsletter. Please sign up by entering your email address below.