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GCSAA’s philanthropic organization returns to GCSAA Foundation roots

GCSAA Foundation name better reflects expansion of programs, focus

Lawrence, Kan. (May 18, 2021) – With an expansion of programming in recent years to include STEM education, grassroots advocacy and professional development opportunities, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has returned to the name GCSAA Foundation to better reflect its wider scope.

Known as the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) since 2003, the organization was founded in 1955 as the GCSAA Scholarship & Research Fund and previously used the GCSAA Foundation name from 1995 to 2003.

As the EIFG, the organization furthered environmental sustainability in golf by funding initiatives such as the Golf Course Environmental Profile, Rounds4Research and best management practices (BMPs), which helped establish golf course BMP guidelines for all 50 states.

“The return to the GCSAA Foundation name will continue the success of the EIFG in fostering golf course sustainability and supporting programs,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “We have made huge strides in the last 20 years, and the GCSAA Foundation name better defines support of all current programs and potential future programs while making the tie to GCSAA and our members clear. As the GCSAA Foundation, we can build on our strong tradition and solid future.”

The GCSAA Foundation remains committed to environmental stewardship and will continue to further the successes of the EIFG on the environmental front. Environmental programs will be one of the five pillars of the GCSAA Foundation (the others being advocacy, research, education and scholarships).

The many programs that the GCSAA Foundation supports include The First Green, GCSAA Grassroots Ambassadors, professional development opportunities, Rounds4Research and the GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund.

For more information about the GCSAA Foundation, visit

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

GCSAA Foundation

The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation at

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