Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy. Arnie’s Army provides financial support to institutions and organizations that support the well-being and development of children & youth, support health & wellness initiatives and strengthen communities and the environment.
Children & Youth Development
Teaching key core values should always be an elemental part of our culture. The values of character, respect and integrity are the foundation that support the development of children and youth. The manner in which these values can be developed varies from providing the right environment for them to be taught to removing obstacles from their path. We believe that children and youth should be given the opportunity to develop the tools and values that will allow them to achieve success in life. That's why we support efforts to develop character-strengthening attributes in young people.
“Making a positive change in the life of a child or young person is the most significant thing you can do.”-Arnold Palmer
Health & Wellness
In a perfect world children wouldn’t have to battle cancer, struggle against debilitating illnesses or face health challenges that steal away the joys of childhood. But the sad truth is that many children do.
Arnold Palmer Medical Center
That’s why in the 1980’s, after seeing the small Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL, Arnold Palmer decided that we could do better and that the kids deserved better. He lent his name to a project to bring the first dedicated children’s hospital to Central Florida.
More than 25 years after the hospital opened its doors, over one million patients have been cared for at Arnold Palmer Medical Center - patients from all over the country and from around the world. Much of this life-saving care would not have been possible were it not for the generous philanthropic contributions of countless individuals and organizations. To offer the best possible healthcare for kids, state-of-the-art equipment must be purchased, supplies bought for operating rooms and new hospital units built. We believe investing in these things will produce a brighter and healthier future for kids.
Arnie's Army supports Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, FL which is comprised of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families. Together, these facilities serve hundreds of thousands of families from across the United States and around the world.
"Improving the health and well-being of children is everyone’s mission."
- Arnold Palmer
Community & The Environment
We believe that healthy communities help create healthy individuals and healthy families. Healthy communities are created when people work together to solve problems together and care for the needs of others. We believe that being stewards of the environment is the responsibility of every community.
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve has created Nature Explore Classroom and Nature Playspaces to allow children to create positive bonds with nature for long hours of unstructured play in areas including: Messy Materials, Music and Movement, Garden, Dirt Digging, Water, Action, Climbing, Sand, and Gathering. Each space offers a real experience with texture, shape, sound, or life that is found within the "walls" of the Reserve grounds. The 19th century learning barn offers a library, educational lessons for home-schooled students, special events and activities for all children and composting workshops.
Education for Undergraduates and Post-graduate Students
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve also serves as an outdoor classroom and learning laboratory for nearby St. Vincent College for undergraduate students majoring in science and education, as well as graduate students focused on education. Since 2008, five undergraduate scientific research studies were completed on the Reserve grounds.