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Improvements to Bingo Licensing Coming with New Online System

Bingo is an important fundraising tool for about 1,800 charities throughout the state. The Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section is about to launch a new online licensing tool that will speed up the administrative processes, allowing charitable organizations more time to raise funds through bingo, generating millions state-wide for worthy charitable programs.


Has Your Charitable Organization Considered Bingo as a Fundraiser?

Ohioans tend to enjoy bingo, based on the $779 million that was spent on bingo last year. Those activities generated $102 million after expenses for almost 1,800 charitable organizations that hold licenses in our state at more than 3,500 locations. These locations include churches, veteran posts, and retail establishments selling instant tickets on behalf of a licensed charitable organization.  


Americans Gave Nearly $428 billion to Charity Last Year

American giving to charity stayed relatively flat last year following a record-breaking year in 2017 of nearly $425 billion in contributions, according to the Giving USA 2019 report. Total contributions grew .7%, but when adjusted for inflation, resulted in a decline of 1.7% for a year that included significant changes in tax policy as well as a stock market decline in the late part of the year.


Enforcement Actions Help Protect Charitable Sector

The Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section investigates complaints about charities whose leaders fail to follow legal obligations that extend to all charitable organizations.


Charitable Advisory Council Efforts Appreciated

The Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council was created to provide feedback to the Charitable Law Section on proposed regulations, training needs and other trends within the sector.


Training Opportunities for Summer 2019

The Charitable Law Section provides multiple resources and training opportunities aimed at helping charitable leaders understand their legal obligations.

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