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New training course for charities in lotteries compliance

New training course for charities in lotteries compliance

Clive Mollett, Director of 121 Fundraising, has announced a new course for charities to help them achieve compliance in running a fundraising lottery.

The one-day course is designed for anyone who currently operates under a Gambling Commission licence or who is planning to apply for a licence. Mollett will explain how to comply with the Gambling Act 2005 and the Licence Conditions and Codes, offering step-by-step guidance.

Charities that do not achieve compliance in running a lottery can face a fine or the licence being suspended or revoked, with the attendant loss of fundraising income.

Mollett, who is also Chairman of the Council and who has 30 years experience in direct marketing, said:

“Anyone who has already struggled with the rules and found them complex is not alone. The Gambling Commission oversees a complex regulatory regime which makes very little distinction between organising a lottery and running a casino.

“At the end of the day it’s the charity’s responsibility to understand and interpret the licence conditions and codes and to operate correctly. This is a specialist area that few lawyers fully understand but for the licence holder the bottom line is: ignorance is no defence.”

The Lottery Compliance Training day will first be held in London on 17 May at The Foundry, near Vauxhall Tube station.

 

Photo: lottery balls by Kasezo on Shutterstock.com

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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