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With a great balance of low cost, easy implementation, and wide appeal, charitable gaming can be a great idea for any nonprofit. As a fundraiser, events such as raffles and sweepstakes represent a great means of creating community engagement, making online charitable gaming an attractive option for nonprofit organizations. Bona fide nonprofit organizations are allowed to apply for licenses to run charity games such as bingo and raffles in Kansas.
Charitable gaming and raffles regulatory guidance for Kansas
How does the state of Kansas define charitable gaming?
In 2014 the state of Kansas passed a law allowing for bona fide nonprofit and charitable organizations to conduct raffles for fundraising purposes. Organizations with less than $25,000 in annual gross receipts do not require any license to operate raffles.
Who can conduct online charitable raffle events in Kansas?
The state of Kansas allows for bona fide nonprofit religious, charitable, fraternal, educational, or veterans’ organizations to apply for charitable raffle licenses. The exact definitions of the organizations can be found in the Kansas Statutes under section 75-5173.
Licensing and registration requirements for charitable raffles in Kansas
Types of charitable raffle licenses
There is only one type of charitable raffle license issued by the state of Kansas. It is valid for one year (July 1 of the current year to June 30 in the following year and covers all events to be held over that period. All licenses are non-transferable.
How to apply for a charitable raffle license in Kansas?
To apply for a charity raffle license in Kansas, prospective organizations must complete a Raffle license application either online through the Kansas Department of Revenue website or by completing form BI-70 and submitting it to the Kansas Department of Revenue.
The Kansas Department of Revenue has created a charitable gaming handbook that goes over all details and regulations for obtaining a proper license.
How much does a charitable raffle license cost in Kansas?
The fee for applying for a charitable raffle license in Kansas depends on the organization’s gross annual raffle receipts. The fee structure is as follows:
- Less than $25,000 in annual gross raffle receipts – no application fee
- $25,000 to $50,000 in annual gross raffle receipts – $25 license fee
- $50,000 to $75,000 in annual gross raffle receipts – $50 license fee
- $75,000 to $100,000 in annual gross raffle receipts – $75 license fee
- More than $100,000 in annual gross raffle receipts – $100 license fee
What is the validity of a charitable raffle license in Kansas?
Charitable raffle licenses in Kansas are valid for no more than one year. All licenses expire at midnight on June 30 and renewed licenses become valid on July 1.
How long does it take to get a charitable raffle license in Kansas?
All applications for raffle licenses must be received no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled event date.
Charitable gaming resources for Kansas
Kansas Department of Revenue
Address: 120 SE 10th Ave,
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 368-8222
Kansas Attorney General’s Office
Address: 120 SW 10th Ave #2,
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-2215
Kansas Governor’s Office
Address: 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-3232