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Posted on March 4, 2019

If your nonprofit doesn’t have the proper license from the local sheriff, that raffle you’re holding may be considered illegal gambling in the State of Georgia. Learn how to comply with the law and stay out of trouble.

Posted on April 3, 2017

Nonprofits often host fundraisers in which activities like raffles and bingo are used to raise funds. They need to be aware of the federal and state regulations governing these activities.

During this webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand how federal and Georgia laws impact a nonprofit’s ability to fundraise using gambling, such as raffles or bingo.

Presenter: Jennifer Bumbalough, The American Cancer Society

Click here to view the webcast

Posted on November 1, 2016

Raffles and door prizes are longtime favorites in the world of nonprofit fundraising and contests are becoming more popular as nonprofits look for creative ways to raise money. But are you familiar with the many laws that govern gaming and contests?

The questions that most charities don’t ask are: Are such activities illegal under GA law? Are there ways to conduct such activities so that they are legal? How can I raise needed funds through giveaways and games of chance or skill in Georgia?

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has several articles on the topic, including ones on Casino Nights, Raffles and Bingo listed below.

Casino Night, Poker Tournaments, Raffles and Bingo Games: Your Fundraiser Could Be Illegal Gambling

Raffle Guide

Bingo Games as Fundraisers

Posted on December 7, 2011

As of July 1, 2021, the Georgia Secretary of State is the regulating authority for Bingo (from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations).

All valid authorizations previously issued by the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall continue in effect until they expire by their terms.

The linked article will be updated if and when the Secretary of State modifies the rules, processes, procedures or forms for recreational Bingo licenses.  During this period of transition, any questions regarding obtaining a Bingo licensing application should be directed to the Securities division of the office of the Secretary of State at 470-312-2640.

Learn about how to legally operate a bingo game as a fundraising event though obtaining a license, following the requirements for operationing, and the proper reporting and record-keeping.

Posted on December 7, 2011

If you’re interested in holding casino night, poker tournaments, raffles or even bingo to raise money, your fundraiser may be illegal. Learn here how to avoid problems with Georgia’s gambling laws.