Using a Small Game of Chance (SGOC) license to raise money for your organization?
Think again! All of us for years have been using SGOC to raise the operational monies for all kinds of "not for profit" organizations. I am talking about PTA, sport team support groups, band parents , churches, volunteer fire companies, ambulances, American Legions, VFW, Eagles, Elks, Moose, hospital auxiliary, gun clubs, fishing clubs, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Friends of the NRA, Trout Unlimited, American Cancer Society, Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Club, etc….
This list could go on for pages.
I listened to Sgt. Jones from the Pa. State Police explain the new rules and regulations. As he said "don't shoot the messenger" which leaves our frustrations to be directed toward our legislators. These regulations restrict the use of the money being raised to be given to another organization with a "public" interest. Specific regulations vary depending on the type of SGOC license you get. This concept of giving the money we raise to another organization sounds very much like the welfare system – look how good that is working… But I disagree.
New reforms have been made over the past year to "help" us. Instead there are more regulations and paper work which hurt us. I have been told most of the legislators who voted on this bill had no idea what was listed in it. It is now time for us to go inform them of our frustrations and how the new bill will impact our organizations.
Our legislators were elected to support "We the People" and the organizations that assist our communities without tax dollars. Now is the time to talk to your senator and representatives to change this law to allow us to keep the money we raise for our own not for profit organization. Otherwise, we will see the elimination of many organizations en masse. We will be limited to raise money via pop corn, frozen pizzas, and hoagie sales. I don't know about you but I can eat only so many hoagies.