The American Century Championship has a long history of supporting worthy causes. Since the tournament’s inception in 1990, we have raised approximately $4.4 million for a range of national and local non-profits. Previous beneficiaries include the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund, Fallen Patriot Fund, Lake Tahoe Fire Relief Fund (Angora fire), Autism Speaks, LIVESTRONG Foundation, American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Expect Miracles Foundation, United Negro College Fund and Boys & Girls Club.
In honor of American Century Investments’ Founder James Stowers Jr., an investment management innovator and philanthropist who passed away at the age of 90, the official national beneficiary of the 2016 tournament is the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
The Institute is a 550-person, basic biomedical research organization focused on improving our understanding of fundamental biological processes and using this knowledge to guide the development of innovative approaches to treat, diagnose and prevent disease.
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was established in 1994 through the extraordinary generosity of cancer survivors Mr. Stowers and his wife, Virginia, who dedicated their personal fortune to improving human health through basic research.
Each year, more than 40 percent of American Century Investments’ profits are distributed to the Institute. Total dividend payments since 2000 now exceed $1 billion. For more information, visit www.stowers.org.