RD393 - Annual Report on the Charitable Gaming Activities of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for Fiscal Year 2019

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) 2019, OCRP issued 294 charitable gaming licenses to organizations, a decrease of 19 licenses from the total issued in FY 2018. Licensed organizations report on their charitable gaming activities on a calendar year basis. During calendar year 2018, these organizations reported over $259 million in gross sales, a decrease of $4 million from 2017. The amount that organizations donated for charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes decreased by approximately $1.1 million, from $28.8 million in calendar year 2017 to $27.7 million in calendar year 2018. The aggregate use of proceeds decreased from 11.1 percent in calendar year 2017 to 10.7 percent in calendar year 2018.

OCRP collected more than $2.67 million in charitable gaming fees that were deposited into the Commonwealth’s general fund.