RD324 - Annual Report on the Charitable Gaming Activities of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for Fiscal Year 2017 – October 1, 2017

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, network bingo providers, 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) 2017, OCRP issued 347 charitable gaming licenses to organizations, a decrease of 14 licenses from the total issued in FY 2016. Licensed organizations report on their charitable gaming activities on a calendar year basis. During calendar year 2016, these organizations reported over $262 million in gross sales, a decrease of $2 million from 2015. The amount that organizations donated for charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes increased by approximately $400,000, from $29 million in calendar year 2015 to $29.4 million in calendar year 2016. The aggregate use of proceeds increased slightly from 10.9 percent in calendar year 2015 to 11.2 percent in calendar year 2016.

OCRP collected more than $2.76 million in charitable gaming fees that were deposited to the Commonwealth’s general fund.