About the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®


The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) is an excellent opportunity for the equestrian world to give back to the community.

The GCC started in 2010, generating over $400,000 for 24 local charities. Today, the event has grown to over 50 local charities competing for over $1.5 million each year.


To date, the Great Charity Challenge has distributed
$12.2 million to 230 Palm Beach County Charities.


To view a full list of charities and donations received since the beginning of the Challenge, please click here.


The top three teams representing the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Quantum House and Stem HQ dba TechGarage of the 2018 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®.


The application process

All Palm Beach County 501c3 organizations are invited to apply each year, starting on October 15 through November 15 at 5 PM.

To qualify, your organization must submit an application during that time frame that demonstrates it is a 501c3 not-for profit, serves residents and visitors of Palm Beach County, has a presence in Palm Beach County, and will spend the money directly on service delivery.

Once the application process is completed, all applicants are subject to a thorough vetting process.  BREAKING NEWS: We are excited to announce that the 2019 drawing of the charities will be done throughout Palm Beach County between Friday, November  30 and Sunday, December 9, 2018. The raffle drum will be traveling to meet city officials, corporate and team sponsors as well as the team at WPTV Channel 5, with drawings being posted live on Facebook.

Drawing of the charities: a lottery style random drawing.



How Charities Compete

The GCC is a relay style equestrian jumping competition with teams consisting of two junior/amateur riders combined with one Olympic or world-class rider. The 30 rider teams are randomly paired with 30 charities that serve Palm Beach County. Additional grants are drawn the night of the event, adding up to a grand total of 50 benefiting non-profits benefiting from the event.

  • 100% of all proceeds go straight to benefit charities
  • The winning team of riders will be awarded $150,000 for its charity
  • Every charity selected will win a guaranteed minimum of $15,000
  • Not a selected charity for the Challenge, don’t panic. In addition to the selected 30 teams, we hold random drawings and award grants to deserving charities who applied to participate in that year’s Great Charity Challenge.
Rider Aiden Killeen during the 2016 GCC


Impact on the Community

In its first 9 years, the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® distributed $12.2 million to over 230 Palm Beach County Charities.

Every charity selected to compete in the Great Charity Challenge is guaranteed to win a donation to support their cause. All participating charities are required to utilize 75% of their funds in Palm Beach County, so these donations directly impact the community.

To view a full list of charities and donations received since the beginning of the Challenge, please click here.

To view a video of how Palm Beach County charities have benefited from the event, please click here.

The 2018 GCC turned the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center into a red carpet event, where characters of well-known Hollywood movies joined in to support local Palm Beach County non-profit organizations.

Please click on the photo below to view the event photos:
2018 GCC Measured Impact


To view the latest fund use report, please click here. This report will show you first hand how the 2018 edition of the GCC has benefited the community at large.


If you would like to inquire about applying for the GCC or have any questions/comments, please contact: acv@greatcharitychallenge.com

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