Date: August 08, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

Golf third biggest fund raiser

Golf raised more than $4.27 million in the 12 months to June 30 as the Australian Sports Foundation posted a third successive record year of fundraising.

The ASF raised a record $44.75 million for sport in 2016-17 – a $12 million (40 per cent) increase on the previous year – taking total funds raised during the past three years to more than $100 million.

Donations to golf fell by 35 per cent, but the sport maintained third place on the overall table.

The top two sports were Australian Rules football ($20 million – up 126 per cent) and multi-sports ($9.2 million – up 25 per cent).

Golf’s fundraising represents $6.24 per participant, behind Australian Rules football ($31.42 pp) and rugby union ($8.89 pp), but well ahead of other major participation sports such as rugby league ($1.73 pp), soccer ($1.11 pp), cricket ($0.94 pp) and netball ($0.25 pp).

ASF chief executive Patrick Walker said 61 per cent of all donations to sport last financial year were made to grassroots sports organisations, up from 39 per cent in the 2015-16 financial year.

“This is the first time grassroots sport clubs accounted for the majority of donations to sport. This means more Aussie kids will enjoy greater participation opportunities, better facilities and upgraded playing and training equipment,” said Walker, who praised golf for maintaining its top-three position.

“Golf has performed strongly over the past 12 months and its $6.24 raised per participant is a fine achievement.

“With Aussie Rules raising over $31 per participant, this shows there is considerable upside for golf in the years ahead.”

The top 10 fundraising sports in 2016-17 were:

Sport

Funds raised

  1. Australian Rules football

$19,971,948

  1. Multi-sports

$9,212,287

  1. Golf

$4,275,937

  1. Rugby union

$1,730,575

  1. Swimming

$1,518,760

  1. Football

$1,205,471

  1. Sailing

$1,146,679

  1. Rowing

$920,889

  1. Athletics

$722,273

  1. Cricket

$530,858