Hundreds of Montana nonprofit organizations were provided additional options for selling raffle tickets, thanks to the efforts of Kalispell Senator Mark Blasdel and Governor Steve Bullock. Blasdel sponsored SB25, which changed the law to allow nonprofit organizations to sell raffle tickets with memberships and purchases of calendars or other items such as banquet tables. In addition, nonprofits may also now sell raffle tickets online, provided they are purchased with the use of debit cards or e-checks. Credit cards may not be used for raffle purchases.
Prior to the Legislature passing SB25 and the Governor signing it into law, certain raffle ticket sales were restricted by the state’s gambling laws. The bill created an exception for nonprofit organizations to have more flexibility in selling raffle tickets to help with fundraising.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Montana Nonprofit Association would like to recognize Senator Blasdel; Governor Bullock; Angela Nunn, Rick Ask and Dave Jeseritz from the Montana Department of Justice; and the Montana Gaming Advisory Council for working together to support philanthropy and to benefit Montana’s nonprofit organizations.
Mark Lambrecht, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Liz Moore, Montana Nonprofit Association