Charitable Donations

ACBL Charity Foundation Fuels District Charities

In 2005, the ACBL Charity Foundation began issuing grants to districts rather than granting one $100,000 contribution to a national Charity of the Year. The districts are included in a four-year cycle with the exceptions of Districts 1 and 2, where charity funds are collected by the Canadian Bridge Federation. Districts 18 and 19 share one grant because their membership is split between Canada and the U.S. During the previous cycle, District 19 received a 60% share and District 18 received a 40% share.

Each district will be allowed to allocate $30,000. This sum can be divided into no more than five separate grants, each of which must be made to a qualified 501(c)3 organization.

The check will be written after the appropriate documentation of the 501(c)3 status has been provided, and the checks will be distributed directly to the recipients. Requests for checks will be made by the District Director. The relevant district boards or their designee shall allocate the district grants.

Charity Foundation Income

Money to fund the donations made by the ACBL Charity Foundation is raised primarily from the charity games held in clubs and units. In addition, there are two ACBL-wide charity games held annually in clubs, one in March and the other in November. Occasionally, individual contributions are made.

Due to COVID-19, 2020 regionals and sectionals (held after mid-March) along with the Columbus, Montreal and Tampa NABCs were canceled. This includes the cancellation of remaining non-life master tournaments for 2020 or other tournaments in 2020 where ACBL tournament directors are not technically required. Regionals and sectionals scheduled in January and February of 2021 were also canceled.

Due to the pandemic, all grants have been suspended until further notice.

The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in all our communities:

  • by providing effective grants on a rotational basis through its 25 districts
  • by providing good stewardship in the management of funds received through its charity games
  • by assessing and responding to emerging and changing needs as defined by the membership.

D17 received and distributed $30,000 to the following charities:


Bonnie Bagley, D17 National Director, sent letters to all district unit boards requesting charity nominations. Bagley conducted a voting process that resulted in the following selections:


Karin Kelsey, former D17 board member and D17 Charity Chairperson, enthusiastically worked with units to define potential recipients for 2015. Over 25 charities were nominated.