What is Charitable Gambling and why do nonprofits, such as the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, utilize a Charitable Gambling Department?
Charitable gambling was developed as an additional means for nonprofit organizations to raise money to help contribute to their communities and causes. Charitable gambling departments must adhere to the laws and regulations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Revenue as well as the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services charitable gambling department has maintained a 5-star rating with the Gambling Control Board for over 10 years. What this means is that we have expended all charitable gambling profits out into the community, as is required. This 5-star rating is only given to organizations that have fulfilled this obligation.
MYAS’s charitable gambling department is unique in that we are one of the few organizations that has a full-time, fully involved Gambling Manager, Deb Dahl. Other organizations’ gambling managers are part-time positions, meaning much of their reporting is outsourced. In June of 2013, Allied Charities of Minnesota presented Dahl the 12 Who Shine award for her service, dedication, and leadership within the community, demonstrating her determination and commitment to ensuring MYAS’s name and reputation stand out.
Where are your charitable gambling sites?
Our current sites include:
- Cowboy Jack’s - Bloomington (pull-tab booth with sellers; weekly meat raffle; weekly bingo)
- Cowboy Jack's - Downtown Minneapolis (machine dispensed pull-tabs)
- JT’s Food and Cocktails/Best Western - Bloomington (machine dispensed pull-tabs)
- The Joint - Minneapolis (pull-tab booth with sellers; weekly meat raffle)
- The Original Broadway Pizza - Minneapolis (machine dispensed pull-tabs; e-tab devices)
- Famous Dave's - Minneapolis (machine dispensed pull-tabs)
- Sally's Saloon - Dinkytown Minneapolis (machine dispensed pull-tabs)