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G.O.L.F. - Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: The Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate raises money to provide scholarships to carefully selected students, who are deserving but underserved, so they are able to attend college. In addition to scholarships for education, G.O.L.F. awards amounts of money throughout the year to the less fortunate. These awards are considered on an as needed basis.

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62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Started donating to GOLF at inception. Those that lead this effort are truly dedicated and honest. Good to know that money is finding its way directly to those in need. Proud of the work this organization accomplishes supporting dreams of those in need and changing their lives for the better!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is a charity run by a small number of people whose volunteer efforts have a big impact on young people working to get a college education. I am proud to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of people are the best! It’s so unusual today to find a charity that takes no administrative payment. Love this charity!!

Donor

Rating: 5

GOLF is a tremendously generous and supportive organization! All donations go straight to those who need them. It’s an honor to be associated with such a honorable charity.

schulte427

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOLF does so much good for so many people. Run by volunteers, the charity helps kids get the educations they deserve. I love attending and know my donations are put to great use.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For 42 years GOLF has donated over $2.1M to deserving students. They accomplished that with 100% volunteer work. This year they expanded and added a softball tournament! Just a great organization overall.

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Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F is one of the finest charities I've been associated with for over 40 plus years. To see a young students face receiving tuition assistance is very gratifying.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being involved with Greater Organization for Less Fortunate( G.O.L.F.) for 38 years has been my pleasure. It has helped children and young adults with their tuition for a higher education. I am very proud of this organization because 100% of the proceeds raised goes for the benefit of these kids.

Rslshdw

Donor

Rating: 5

Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate, or G.O.L.F., was started 43 years ago by a group of young guys. Later their spouses, a secretary, and the next generation joined them. Their goal is to raise money for scholarships for underprivileged students.
It started with a golf outing, then later a dinner, auction, and prizes for the participants.
Businesses and individuals donate the items for the auction and the prizes.
Eventually, they also started a Super Bowl raffle, and other fun activities, especially for the younger generation.
Since its inception, G.O.L.F. has raised over $2.3 million. This is a small charity that is growing exponentially.
I would give G.O.L.F. 10 stars, If I could, because of their mission to help underprivileged students, who may be the first in their family to graduate from high school and college, and the tremendous amount of work the ALL-Volunteer Board does to organize all of this to raise funds for these scholarships.

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Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F charity has helped so many less fortunate students get a good education. Those who run it are volunteers. No one makes any money doing the great work they do. It is a wonderful organization, doing so much good for those in need to help them better their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. Is a wonderful organization! Thru its efforts over the years hundreds of young men and women have been given financial help to attend college. They started these efforts over 40 years ago . The fundraising events are family affairs and include both Golf and Basketball among others . I believe they have raised over $3 Million since the beginning. We are proud to support their efforts.

Dorie Schulte W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate has been providing educational scholarships to under privileged students for over 40 years. I have had a chance to meet some of the students who have benefited and whose lives have been enriched.

Volunteers run the charity. So a huge percentage of funds raised go to the students. It's a great charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization gives 100% of its donations to the less fortunate. It is hard to find this type of dedication today. GOLF has been helping people for several years and remains on the top of the list. Thank you for aiding those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOLF has been doing great work raising money for more than 40 years. Keeping alive the notion that we can help the less fortunate, GOLF embodies all the hard work and good will upon which the founders have based the charity. I’ve seen it first hand helping a few years with their main event as well as other events throughout the year.

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is an amazing charity supporting the mission of education accessibility! Through this organization students are able to achieve their goal of attending college and continuing to give back to the community. It also does not hurt that their events are a blast to attend!

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is led by some truly remarkable people who invest so much time and energy into helping students achieve their best. GOLF also hosts a variety of FUN fundraising events!!

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. always has such fun fundraising events! It is run by individuals who truly care & they always share great stories about where the funds go.

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. brings opportunity and hope to so many young, deserving individuals.

Katie C.7

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F is a great organization supporting a wonderful cause !

Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F is an amazing charity run by amazing people!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F is an amazing charity run by amazing people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GOLF is the best organization I know and is run by the most caring individuals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is a wonderful organization that raises money for students that need it. They have 3-4 opportunities and events throughout the year to donate, but also to have fun. I am looking forward to the ones coming up!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. Rocks! It is has been around for over 40 years and has helped so many students attend college who would have otherwise struggled to get there financially. G.O.L.F. is a reliable and trustworthy place to give back, and also a place to have some fun. They organized a golf outing every summer as well as a basketball game watch in the winter and a super bowl squares raffle. I'm excited for the next outing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For over 40 years the proceeds from the G.O.L.F. golf outing have benefited The Rev. John P. Smyth Standing Tall Charitable Foundation. These funds have helped innumerable at risk youth attain a college education, giving these students a chance at a bright future. We are most grateful for the partnership and generosity of the G.O.L.F. - Great Organization for the Less Fortunate. We are honored to to have their support helping youth to STAND TALL.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of volunteers who aid inner city youths who wish to better themselves through achieving a college education.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Organization has been around for 40+ years helping inner-city youths gain the opportunity to go to college. All volunteers and no wasted dollars.....all proceeds go the kids in need.

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twardowskiv1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Year after year G.O.L.F is a fantastic organization to be a part of. The annual golf outing is always a great way to get together and celebrate our cause. This year was really special as we witnessed one the students we support tell her story about the impact of G.O.L.F. in her life. Her speech was moving and inspiring which reinforced G.O.L.F's purpose and passion.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F is such a great organization to be apart of. I'm pleased that we have the opportunity to give back to underprivileged/less fortunate students in the Chicago land area. Members, donors and volunteers... are all committed and passionate about G.O.L.F's charitable cause.

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Gordie C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

GOLF is an outstanding organization. Over 2 million dollars raised for underprivileged students. It has changed the lives of so many and will continue to do so. I have never had such a great experience donating to such an important cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been inolved with this charity for over 35 years. They have raised over $2 million to support the education of underprivileged children. 100% of the funds go to those in need and there are np administrative expenses. All the work is done by volunteers. This is a distinction that few charites can make.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Greater Organization For The Less Fortunate has done a tremendous job in raising money for underprivileged children. The golf event and other fundraising events are all first rate. It is this type of community giveback that makes the world a better place.

Board Member

Rating: 5

GOLF has been around for a long long time and has never lost sight of its mission to help the less fortunate. Bravo!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is a top rated charity run by an amazing Committee who volunteer numerous hours to help the less fortunate in our community - raised over $2.1M to send deserving at risk students to college. Education will make our world a better place to live and G.O.L.F. has done so much for others and will continue to do so with the help of all our donors and supporters.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is always such an incredibly inspiring event each year! Being able to give back while playing golf with friends is the perfect way to end the summer. The tournament is very well organized and you get to hear from the organization throughout the year as well. Hearing the stories from the students and what Fr. John Smyth is able to do through G.O.L.F. is really remarkable. Thanks for all that you do G.O.L.F.

Bridget C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOLF makes giving back fun! Their events, all supporting critical scholarships, are full of fun and community. I feel so lucky to have found and organization like GOLF and to be a part of their continued goal with an incredible group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Headlined by an incredible golf event, GOLF raises money for a cause near and dear to my heart. All of the funds raised go directly to help deserving youth get to college. It’s clear the founders and participants care deeply for the cause. Because of GOLF many kids have been able to get to college- an opportunity that they otherwise would not have had. Keep it up!

Donor

Rating: 5

I thought G.O.L.F. only had an annual golf outing, but I just found out they do something for the Super Bowl and a Wisconsin/Marquette basketball game in the winter. I don't play golf so I am pumped to donate to the cause at one of those events!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate is a wonderful charity that helps so many students in need! I am so grateful to be a part of it. Can't wait to continue our efforts!

Donor

Rating: 5

This year's golf outing was the best! I loved playing golf with friends and being able to give back to a very deserving cause at the same time. I am really looking forward to next year!

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Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. is one of the best charities around. The individuals that started this project should be very proud of what they have done for the less fortunate. I am hoping you keep this charity going for a long time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being the founder of a charitable foundation has made me really appreciate the great work done by G.O.L.F. I have been a supporter of their efforts and also admire how they keep their operating costs so low.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization helping those in need for over three decades! The founders and committee are dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships. Each year is better than the next! Thanks for all you do G.O.L.F.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dedicated volunteers. Great cause. Every dollar goes to support those less fortunate. Proud to be associated with this organization for 38 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GOLF is a class act organization. Great events for a great cause. I have a great time at the golf outing each year and enjoy giving back.

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Donor

Rating: 5

G.O.L.F. provide funds for Chicago Area needy students to move forward with their education achieve their career goals. Knowing that 100% of the money donated goes to fund kids dreams makes donating easy! Thank you to all the hardworking volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to make those dreams come true.

1 Bill Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate does so much good for those that need help. I'm thrilled to be a supporter

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Donor

Rating: 5

GOLF has been in the business of helping those less fortunate for over 30 years. It is a testament to those volunteers who have been helping to raise money for so long. Even better, younger people are becoming involved so that the good work will continue long after the founders have stepped back. It is a pleasure and reward to be involved with this extraordinary project for over 20 years. I look forward to staying involved as long as I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GOLF creates an opportunity to laugh, compete, and most importantly give back. I have attended the last 3 GOLF events and each on has been better than the last. I'll be back next year!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

GOLF is the classic "doing good having fun." The outing is a very well run event with dedicated volunteers and generous donors so 100% of the proceeds go to help the less fortunate. Doing good for a long time proves the model and there is great core of young leaders to carry on the tradition of service. Everyone looks forward to their signature event every year both for the fun and for the opportunity to help this great cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Where every dollar raised goes to charity - honored to be a donor

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The story of G.O.L.F. (Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate) is a selfless one in which the true "stars" are a group of men and women who devote hundreds of hours year round to ensure that the less fortunate students in our communities have an opportunity to earn the "impossible dream" - a college degree - through the G.O.L.F. Scholarship Fund. The true beauty of this organization is that none of the volunteers and founders NEED to do this - they do it because they WANT to share their own good fortune with others who are less fortunate - and that --- is priceless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The founders of this great cause have continued to provide the leadership and direction which has benefited students who otherwise would have missed the opportunity to pursue their life long dreams and contribute to society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping deserving students achieve their academic dreams via scholarships to universities across the country. No better way to invest in our future leaders than to provide them with the best education available to help them succeed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate (G.O.L.F. ) has made a huge difference in the lives of many deserving students who need financial assistance to attend college
G.O.L.F. is a tireless group who put in a lot of time to make sure the annual golf event and raffle are a success
The results tell the story - over $1.7M raised to help the less fortunate

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and a bunch of his friends started playing golf in 1978 and shortly thereafter formed the Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate to support and fund scholarships so that motivated, deserving, at-risk and underserved students in the Chicago area can attend college.
38 years later, G.O.L.F. has raised over $1,500,000 and 100% of that money has gone directly to students for whom it would otherwise be impossible to attend college.
It is highly unusual to find a charity where everyone involved does so on a purely volunteer basis. No one personally receives any money, no one is reimbursed for expenses . . . it all goes to the students. Remarkable in today's world.

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