Callaway golf Company’s pursuit of excellence can only be paralleled by their quest to create healthy communities for their stakeholders. Founded by the late Ely Callaway, the Callaway golf Foundation focuses on support programs that improve lives and communities. It also allows its employees to be more involved and gives them the chance to fulfill their social responsibilities.
Callaway golf Foundation’s excellent track record is a proof to the many activity that it spearheads, which is aligned to their mission of helping the less fortunate. With these activities, the company is able to use golf as a means of touching lives.
Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center
Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center, or the PKGA, was founded in 1984. Its mission is to use golf to challenge inner-city youth to excel in life through various programs that promote education, teach life skills and values and develop their characters. With the North County Learning Center in Oceanside, California, Pro Kids aims to provide golf and life skills instruction to children aging from 7 to 17.
The Southern California Golf Foundation
The Callaway Foundation proudly supports the Southern California Golf Association Youth on Course program. By making golf accessible and affordable to the youth, the foundation aims to shift the youth’s focus from drugs and other vices to golf.
Challenged Athletes, Inc.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation or CAF sees the greatness of athletes with physical challenges and supports their aspirations by giving grants for their training, equipment and other needs. For the foundation, disabilities are only challenges and with a little help, these athletes can overcome them and reach their dreams.
Callaway Golf Foundation Women’s Cancer Initiative
The Callaway Foundation is a proud supporter of the Entertainment Industry’s Foundation on Women’s Cancer Programs. Through its donation totaling to $2 million, the Callaway Golf Foundation Women’s Cancer Initiative or CGFWCI showed its commitment in finding a breakthrough for ovarian cancer treatment and early detection.
Employee Matching Gift Program
The Employee Matching Gift Program empowers employees to give back to the community. By matching individual gifts given by employees with a qualified nonprofit organization, the Callaway Foundation makes sure that these gifts reach the person that will best benefit from it.
Dollars for Doers Program
In line with its aim to empower their employees to help others, the Callaway Foundation created the Dollars for Doers program, which recognizes employees who volunteer for their community. By giving 25 hours of their own time to qualified nonprofit organizations, employees, through the Callaway Foundation and the Dollars for Doers Program, can give cash grants and donations to these organizations.
The Scholarship Program seeks to help excellent students who need financial assistance through higher education. True to its goals of providing the youth with the help they need to succeed in life, the foundation selects its recipients who show the most promise. Applications can be done online, and are only available for students who meet the criteria set by the foundation, one of which is that the student should be the child of an employee working in the company.
Ely Callaway’s success is not only attributed to his keen eye for business opportunities, but also for his penchant for choosing the best employees to work for him. He nurtures this relationship by rewarding employees and what better way to reward employees than by helping their children while allowing them to help others in return. By creating this concept of paying it forward, the company fulfills its social responsibilities while promoting a good working environment at the same time.
Ely Callaway’s tombstone reads, “He considers himself lucky in all aspects of life”, and through the company, he wishes to make other people feel as lucky as he is in all aspects of their lives. His legacy not only transcends in the quality of clubs and balls that his company makes, but more so in the lives that his company has touched and will touch in the future.