History

history

The owners of Morton Golf LLC have a long term lease to manage and operate the City of Sacramento Municipal Golf Courses.  In 2008, the owners of Morton Golf LLC decided as part of their community outreach to create a 501c3 charitable entity to financially help underserved  golf organizations that are in need as well as programs for the disabled and youth within the Sacramento Region.  After going through the normal lengthy process to acquire an IRS Tax Exempt Status, The Morton Golf Foundation (MGF) was born in 2010.  It was decided that one of the unique qualities about the MGF was to not pay any person wages or earnings out of the revenues earned.  Over the first five years of existence by the Morton Golf Foundation, 97% of all net revenues have been made available for grants and scholarships.  In other words, only 3% of the revenues generated have been used for overhead of the organization.  The initial vision of the organization was to research and help supplement needy programs within the Sacramento Region that open up the game of golf to people from all walks of life.  It didn’t take long to learn there were several small groups in the region that not only introduced golf to different special interest groups but also used golf to build character and life-long relationships.  The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (TFTGS) was another entity in Sacramento that was creating significant interest within school programs and within their affiliate golf courses for the purpose of building character, healthy eating habits and exercise programs through the game of golf.  Many of the kids within TFTGS programs developed excellent skills as golfers through those programs.  The Morton Golf Foundation found there to be several needy kids in the TFTGS programs that didn’t have the financial resources within their family to purchase equipment, take golf instruction or pay the fees to compete in local competitions.  It was also discovered that the TFTGS Programs were beginning to turn out each year several high quality youth golfers who could use help for college.  After a strong Board of Directors was formed in 2010 by the Morton Golf Foundation in 2010 several events began to generate dollars to achieve its mission to enrich the lives of the less fortunate through the great game of golf.

Within the first five years of the MGF, it has given nearly $500,000 to several deserving programs that partially include American Heart Saving Strokes Program, Society for the Blind, Boys and Girls Clubs, Center for Fathers and Families, Latino Jr. Golf Program, Northern California Minority Jr. Golf Scholarship Association, Rocklin Little Thunder Jr. Golf Programs, Special Olympics Program and the Morton Golf Foundation has also provided College Scholarships as well as financial support to local youth golfers that are in need.  Funds come from local donations, memorials and special events.  The major fund raiser each year is the Golf & Guitars Celebrity-Am Tournament and Concert Event held in May of each year jointly with KNCI Radio and chaired by Ken Morton Jr. and Jane Siebers.  As the MGF enters its sixth year of giving to the underserved golfing community, its role in the community has become far grander and more significant than the original intent.  Today, the Morton Golf Foundation is helping better the lives of several kids programs, disabled programs and hundreds of underserved individuals each and every year.