Charity Organizations Having Problems with Funding
Almost everyone is looking to some form of gambling to fund its operations. In the US every state is in the midst of some type of negotiations with laws that would bring gambling revenues to the states’ budget funds. Charity organizations are also in on the funds that gambling brings. Many charities have used “casino nights” as a means of bringing in money. Whether the nights are weekly, monthly or seasonal, charities are well aware of how lucrative they can be. Some charities have used “casino nights” for years to fund their programs and expansion plans.
Today’s market is difficult, however and even charities are having difficult times managing. Just like other organizations, charities are having difficult times bringing in funds. There have been some activities that have worked against charities. Legislators are in the midst of changing gambling laws almost on a month-to-month basis and charities are getting caught up in the mix. Some states have adopted smoking laws that ban smoking inside of public places. This is causing charities to suffer because they are losing patrons due to the new restriction. Another law that is hurting charities is the opened door for casino expansion. While people looked forward to visiting church basements and VFW Halls to gamble, now there are much more sophisticated land-based casinos available. The competition for gambling is proving to be difficult for charities. They can’t compete with top-notch, million-dollar give-a-way casinos.
There is no viable answer for casinos in today’s market. Although many people want to keep gambling alive as a means of funding charity events and charities, the truth is that there is too much competition in the market. In particular with the crops of new casinos on the way and the surge of online gambling, charity gambling could see a true decline in popularity. It is unfortunate how charities may have lost their former funding options with the move to legalize and regulate gmabling. States are making strong moves to bring gambing into the mix so they can collect millions of dollars in gambling tax revenues. Charities may be at a permanent loss in finding funding in the future.