|Posted:||February 9, 2022 02:35 PM|
|From:||Senator John I. Kane and Sen. Timothy P. Kearney, Sen. Jay Costa|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Increasing Charitable Giving through Sports Raffle Charities Act Improvements|
|Many charitable organizations took a financial hit during the COVID19 Pandemic. This includes the charitable organizations for Pennsylvania’s professional and college sports teams that conduct 50/50 ticket raffles during home games. Some stadiums were empty during home games and some stadiums had a limited number of fans.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, these sports teams learned many lessons and developed ideas on how to improve Act 56 of 2019 (Sports Raffle Charities Act) to help them raise money to support Pennsylvanians through Pennsylvania charities. Some of the changes we are proposing are similar to Sports Raffle Charity Laws in other states. The pandemic demonstrated that teams with statewide audiences can increase their charitable contributions by responsibly administering 50/50 raffles to include fans tuning in from home. Some of the supported charities include local youth athletic programs, collegiate athletic programs, ALS programs, cancer research, medical and healthcare improvement programs, educational and mentoring programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys and Girls Clubs, Autism research, and so much more.
The legislation we are proposing includes the following changes to the Pennsylvania Sports Raffle Charities Act:
We hope you will join us to improve support for Pennsylvania charitable organizations.
Introduced as SB1190