MacDonald bill would help nonprofit charitable fundraising

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday outlined the need for his legislation to temporarily waive fees and increase the availability of charitable gaming events in Michigan.

“The COVID-19 pandemic rules and mandates had a wide range of effects on our people, businesses, and even our charities. My bill would help many of our important charities recover and continue their great work in their respective communities,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Many nonprofits, like schools, police and veteran groups, use charitable gaming to raise the resources they need to operate and serve our communities.

“This bill would waive fees and boost availability for these activities to help charities keep more of the money they raise and put it to good use.”

Charitable gaming events, often called “millionaire parties,” are casino-style games hosted by nonprofit organizations to generate funds.

Senate Bill 564 would temporarily increase the number of millionaire parties a qualified organization may hold and waive the $50 per-day fee for holding such a party. The bill’s changes would be in effect until Jan. 1, 2024.

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Photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, outlines to members of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee the need for his legislation to temporarily waive fees and increase the availability of charitable gaming events in Michigan. Pictured with MacDonald is Michael Horvath, chair of board of directors for the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association.