This topic had almost slipped my mind until I got a question about it last month. Years ago, schools, student groups and parent-teacher organizations were not legally allowed to hold raffles for fundraising purposes. Some did anyway, either unaware of the prohibition or fairly certain they would not be prosecuted for their charitable endeavors. The law was subsequently amended to allow the practice, so long as no person or entity was compensated for holding the raffle or selling tickets. A link to the current law (at Title 21 – Crimes and Punishments) may be found here.
Bingo is treated somewhat differently and is governed by another set of statutes known as the Oklahoma Charity Games Act (at Title 3A – Amusements and Sports) and is found here.
An organization like a school may legally conduct a charity bingo game by obtaining an exemption from those requirements. To do so, the school must submit a request to the ABLE Commission with the school’s contact information and a written assurance that it will not hold a bingo game more than four times per calendar year, along with the dates, times and locations where any bingo games will occur.
Still have questions about these? Feel free to contact me for counsel.
I don’t know if you ever had to figure out how to explain to your parents about exactly why you had a “C” in a subject, but I did. It was not pleasant, and my explanation did little to assuage their fear that their eldest child was about to get less than an “A."
The end of January brings February and the legislative session. The past three years have brought significant stress during the legislative session, but it does appear Oklahoma is in the midst of recovery. January 24th was the first time in a long time that the U.S. crude oil benchmark.
Two questions: Did you realize that customer service within your schools is everyone's responsibility, not just those sitting in the front office? And did you know that DonorsChoose.org is not the only site you can use to raise money for your classrooms?