Professional golf prides itself as the sports entity that generates more charitable dollars than any other. In fact, golf gives more money to charity than baseball, football and basketball, combined. Possibly the most important element in professional golf tournaments having the ability to make charitable contributions in the local areas where tournaments are played is the large contingent of volunteers that, in most cases, pay money to donate their time and effort to make the events successful. There are some valuable benefits to be had by volunteering. Many tournaments will provide food for the volunteers, a chance to play the host golf course for free, and the opportunity to meet and interact up close with the world's best golfers. Most PGA and major golf tournaments need about 1500 volunteers to operate effectively. Based on the results of the PGA Tour in recent years, especially in providing charitable funds, finding volunteers has been an ongoing success.