RD324 - Annual Report on the Charitable Gaming Activities of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services For Fiscal Year 2016 – October 1, 2016

Executive Summary:
The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is tasked with the licensing, registering, training, inspecting, auditing, and financial review of organizations, suppliers, manufacturers of electronic pull-tab systems, and personnel involved in charitable gaming in the Commonwealth.

Information in this report includes the number of charitable gaming licenses and registrations issued by OCRP as well as the number of on-site inspections, training sessions, investigations, audits, and financial reviews conducted by staff.

During fiscal year (FY) 2016, OCRP issued 361 charitable gaming licenses to organizations, an increase of two licenses from the total issued in FY 2015. Licensed organizations report on their charitable gaming activities on a calendar year basis. During calendar year 2015, these organizations reported over $264 million in gross sales, an increase of $8 million from 2014. The amount that organizations donated for charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes increased by approximately $1 million, from $28 million in calendar year 2014 to $29 million in calendar year 2015. The aggregate use of proceeds was unchanged at 11 percent in both 2014 and 2015.

OCRP collected more than $2.7 million in charitable gaming fees that were deposited to the Commonwealth’s general fund.