Since its inception in 2001, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has raised significant funds for a variety of worthy causes.
Charitable funds have continued to grow significantly from the proceeds of the Championship and from other related activities.
The Foundation serves as the charity responsible for the management and distribution of these funds to a variety of charities and benevolent organisations that carry out worthy causes both within Scotland and further afield.
While the Trustees consider all applications from charitable and benevolent organisations for financial support, the Foundation focuses on the following causes which have been closely associated with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the community of St Andrews.
- The development of amateur golf in Scotland and in South Africa;
- The preservation of the historic town of St Andrews;
- The support of the University of St Andrews; and
- The support of charities with a link to St Andrews.
The Trustees of the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation are responsible for the operation of the Foundation and ensuring that funds are used in accordance with the charity’s constitution. Each year they decide which charities and good causes will receive grants.
The current Trustees are:
- Johann Rupert, Chairman
- Sir Michael Bonallack
- Guy Sanan
- Ian Webb
- Peter Dawson
- Alan Grieve
The Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation receives charitable funds raised by the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and distributes those funds through grants to local and international charities and other benevolent bodies selected by the Trustees in support of worthy causes.
Principal beneficiaries are:
University of St Andrews
St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Teaching began in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a Papal Bull in 1413. It celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2013. The University is now one of Europe’s most research intensive seats of learning – over a quarter of its activity is from research grants and contracts. It is one of the top rated universities in Europe for research, teaching quality and student satisfaction and is consistently ranked among the UK’s top five in leading independent league tables. (Charity Number SC013532).
Scottish Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in Scotland, incorporating 606 golf clubs across the country representing a total membership of more than 220,000 members. The SGU’s responsibilities include staging national amateur championships and managing Scotland’s national teams as well as encouraging more youngsters to play golf. The game of golf is one of Scotland’s greatest assets with thousands of golfers from across the world visiting each year to play the country’s courses. The SGU’s role has grown significantly in recent years to ensure that golf clubs and golfers remain at the heart of the game. (Company No SC230872).
South African Golf Development Board
The South African Golf Development Board aims to make golf accessible to all South Africans and is committed to developing the game across the country and creating opportunities where they have been limited. Its programmes offer quality coaching to thousands of young golfers from underprivileged areas and aims to bring them into the mainstream of junior golf in South Africa. The SAGDB also uses the unique qualities of the game to teach the youngsters values such as integrity, self-belief, respect and playing by the rules. (Officially registered as Section 21 Company (Association not for gain) Registration No: 1999/0077362/08; Non-Profit organisation (NPO) Registration No: #046-579-NPO; Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) Reference No: #930005996c).
Robert T Jones Memorial Trust
The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust was established more than 30 years ago in memory of legendary American golfer Bobby Jones, who completed his Grand Slam of golf at St Andrews in 1930, the year when he won the Open and Amateur Championships of the UK and the US in the same year. The Trust, set up by his friends and family, funds an exchange programme between scholars of St Andrews University and scholars of Emory University, Atlanta, of which Jones was an alumnus. The Trust also hopes in the future to establish a ‘Jones House’ in St Andrews to accommodate scholars. (Charity Number SC015230)
The St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation SCIO
The St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation SCIO is based in St Andrews and raises funds to advance community development and heritage by conserving, improving and developing the historic character of the town of St Andrews, an area of outstanding international attraction. For many years now, an amateur playing place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been auctioned to raise funds for The St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation SCIO. The St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation SCIO Honorary President is Sir Michael Bonallack, the former secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, and is supported by many distinguished patrons including Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, Sir Sean Connery and Colin Montgomerie. (Scottish Charity Number SC047873).
How to Give
Funds raised for the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation are distributed through grants to other charities and benevolent bodies in support of worthy causes and are raised from a variety of sources:
- Other charitable fundraising initiatives
- Donations from the public
- Gift Aid on certain donations
Members of the public can make unrestricted donations by sending cheques by post to:
Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation
1 Earl Grey Street
Those who are able to and wish to make a donation under Gift Aid should complete and return this Gift Aid form with their donation.
A History of giving
The Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation has built on the history of giving which has characterised the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at all levels since its inception.
Among the charitable causes which have benefited in the past are:
- Autism Speaks
- Blood Brothers
- Ernie Els for Autism
- Help for Heroes
- James Kingston Charity
- Prostate Cancer
- St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation
- South African Golf Development Board
- Steve Waugh Foundation
- The Firefighters Charity – UK
- University of St Andrews
- Tour Players Foundation
- Dr Ernest L Ransome III Scholarship Trust
- Scottish Golf Union
- Robert T Jones Memorial Trust
- James Kingston Foundation
- Seve Ballesteros Foundation
- Beefy’s Charity Foundation
- Ernie Else & Fan Court Foundation
- Vusi Ngubeni Legacy Fund
- Clarke & Botham Invitational
- Vita Start Cricketers Charity in support of the Jacques Kallis Foundation and Youth Focus
- Families First St Andrews
- Ernest Ransome Scholarship Trust
- European Disabled Golf Association
- Fife Athletic Club
- Home Start – East Fife
- New St. Andrews Japan Golf Trust
- On Course Foundation
- Scottish Blind Golf Society
It is anticipated that charitable funds will continue to grow significantly in the future and the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation will further enhance this goal.
Many charities will benefit in the years to come.
The best way to get in touch with us is by post or email.