The future of
The Club Industry

The Club Foundation raises funds to financially support the professional development of club managers.

Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, these uncertain times have led us to support each other in unique ways. Do you have a mentor, colleague, or supervisor you want to thank?

On September 21, The Club Foundation is celebrating World Gratitude Day. We’re inviting club management professionals to donate to the Foundation in honor of those they want to thank. Then, we’ll let your honoree(s) know you’ve made a donation in their name and ask if they’d like to pay it forward in the same way—making a donation in the name of someone they want to thank.

Nick Markel, CCM, General Manager and COO at the Country Club of Buffalo, recently donated to our Gift of Gratitude campaign. Watch the video above to see who he is thanking and why he donated to the Foundation.

Giving is easy! Simply text CFGRATEFUL to 41444 to get started.

We also invite you to share your gratitude on social media using #GiftofGratitude. Let us know who you want to thank and why, then encourage your network to do the same!

What will my donation do?

Your donation will contribute to the continued success of the club industry and support club management professionals at every stage of their career. Since 1988, The Club Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships and grants that provide professional development opportunities, education and research, and essential training.


The Club Foundation was created in 1988 as the only 501(c)3 organization focused solely on the club industry. The Foundation seeks to fund the life cycle of a club manager’s career. Therefore, The Club Foundation provides dollars for the following five key areas: 1) Students 2) Faculty 3) Club Managers 4) CMAA Chapters 5) Industry at Large. The Club Foundation has a donor base of constituents that seek to further the knowledge and skills of those individuals that lead country clubs, yacht clubs, city clubs, and more.

Upcoming  Scholarships & Grants Deadlines


Applications Due
Student Chapter Grant


Applications Due (Chapter)
Willmore H. Kendall


Applications Due (CF)
Willmore H. Kendall