RD338 - Annual Report on the Charitable Gaming Activities of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for Fiscal Year 2018

Executive Summary:

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is tasked, in part, with licensing, training, inspecting, auditing, and conducting financial reviews of charitable gaming organizations and suppliers, manufacturers of electronic pull-tab systems, and network bingo providers ; and registering and training 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 charitable gaming on-site inspections, training sessions, investigations, audits, and financial reviews conducted by staff.

During fiscal year (FY) 2018, OCRP issued 313 charitable gaming licenses to organizations, a decrease of 34 licenses from the total issued in FY 2017. Licensed organizations report on their charitable gaming activities on a calendar year basis. During calendar year 2017, these organizations reported over $263 million in gross sales, an increase of $1 million from 2016. The amount that organizations donated for charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes decreased by approximately $600,000, from $29.4 million in calendar year 2016 to $28.8 million in calendar year 2017. The aggregate use of proceeds decreased slightly from 11.2 percent in calendar year 2016 to 11 percent in calendar year 2017.

OCRP collected more than $2.68 million in charitable gaming fees that were deposited to the Commonwealth’s general fund.