Traditional fundraising efforts for non-profits have been hampered by the pandemic.
So as organizations look for ways to raise money with virtual raffles, most are running into a roadblock that’s causing them frustration.
County Treasurer Diane Marburger explains.
“The Small Games of Chance Act falls under the gambling laws of Pennsylvania. And Pennsylvania does not permit the use of credit cards for gambling,” Marburger said.
Marburger says that means organizations can’t accept credit card payments for virtual raffles.
However, State Representative Marci Mustello is looking to change that during the pandemic.
“I know how non-profits struggle, especially during a time when people don’t have money to give,” Mustello said. “You have to get creative, and use every resource at your fingertips. If that means credit cards online, I don’t see why we can’t use them.”
But in the interim, Marburger encourages people to follow the current law.
“Do you what you know is legal,” Marburger said. “Which is selling raffle tickets and accepting cash or checks. Don’t even go with plastic at all.”
Hear Marburger’s full interview.