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Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • www.stoppredatorygambling.org

Mission Statement

We have dedicated ourselves to a fundamental national reform: ending the unfairness and inequality produced by government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries.

We believe no taxpayer dollar should be used by government to lure citizens into gambling away their money and becoming slaves to debt; no agency or entity of government should depend on gambling to fund its activities; and no legislature, whether in the name of economic development or raising revenue, should pass laws to promote or sponsor gambling.

Government’s experiment with gambling has failed. It stands as one of the biggest public policy failures of the last forty years. The time has come to get government out of the gambling business so we can pursue a fairer, healthier and more hopeful vision of the path to American prosperity.

Main Programs

  1. An American Declaration on Government and Gambling Initiative
  2. Voices Initiative
  3. Online Education Initiative Initiative
  4. Faith in Action Initiative

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Service Areas

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National

We are national non-profit organization active throughout the United States.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer

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Mr. Les Bernal

Keywords

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gambling, predatory, casino, casinos, lottery, lotteries, state lottery, state lotteries, Racinos, slots, slot machines, Internet gambling, online Gambling, internet poker, online poker, Addiction, addicts, gambling addiction, gambling addicts, gambler, gamblers, sports betting, keno, video lottery terminals, vlt's, lottery tickets, lottery ticket, problem gambler, problem gambling, government partnership, failed public policy

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EIN

38-3244246

 Number

6900121830

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Addictive Disorders N.E.C. (F50)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Thanks to our supporters, we advanced our consciousness raising campaign nationwide by: 1) Intensifying the scrutiny of government’s gambling program by appearing on national television, radio and newspapers across the US; 2) Managing a dynamic and content-rich website with the latest information on government’s gambling program and offering Americans and their families who have been victims of this policy an opportunity to make their voices heard more powerfully; 3) Addressing dozens of college audiences and faith groups across the nation. If you are interested in having us speak at your place of worship or a college you are affiliated with, please contact us.
We take very seriously the responsibility that our supporters entrust in us when they invest time and resources in our organization. Thrift is one of our core organizational values and it is reflected in how we use our resources. More than 84% of all money raised was spent on our program of public education and research in 2011.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

An American Declaration on Government and Gambling Initiative

Our work at Stop Predatory Gambling
is all about ending the unfairness and inequality produced by government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries.One of the ways we are accomplishing this goal is by enlisting the support of more than five hundred opinion leaders as well as more than 500,000 concerned citizens from across the nation to sign An American Declaration on Government and Gambling.

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Program 2

Voices Initiative

When the losers are invisible, the winners are invincible. We are working to strengthen our
capacity to connect with the millions of gambling addicts and their families
across America to help them agitate for change through the web and through
personal contact. Partly because predatory gambling interests fund most of the
gambling addiction treatment in America, the victims and their families have been
pushed into the shadows of our society and they have not spoken out in large
numbers. We will not succeed until this constituency comes forward and puts a
human face on this issue.

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Program 3

Online Education Initiative Initiative

Our online communications effort includes two priorities: first, continuing to
develop a dynamic and content-rich SPG website so that it is the go-to source
for information about the unfairness and inequality produced by government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries; and second, sharing this latest information about by email, Facebook, Twitter and other media.

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Program 4

Faith in Action Initiative

We are working to better develop the large and diverse communities of faith who already oppose predatory gambling by establishing study groups in hundreds, and ultimately thousands, of churches, temples and mosques all over the nation.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. Increase the amount and success of well-founded lawsuits filed against commercial gambling operators and their vendors.

    2. Establish a broadly understood, fact-based, and respected public argument, both among elite opinion leaders and everyday citizens, about why we must phase out government’s promotion and sponsorship of casinos and lotteries.

    3. Increase the amount of publicity about the failures and practices of government-sponsored gambling in all mediums.

    4. Increase and activate the proportion of Americans who support getting government out of the gambling business.

    5. Increase the number of public officials at all levels of government who support phasing out government’s promotion and sponsorship of casinos and lotteries.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We will gladly discuss our strategies in person. Please contact us at (202) 567-6696 or email us at mail@stoppredatorygambling.org.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are the only national organization whose mission is focused on phasing out government sponsorship of predatory gambling. We have established a powerful, effective message that resonates with citizens from all areas of society and demonstrated the kind of resilient, "burn the boats" attitude that underlies all successful social reform movements.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know when state governments begin phasing out and scaling down their predatory gambling operations.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We achieved a powerful, effective message; relationships with leaders in all 50 states; and a steady organizational base. We have not achieved a repeal of government sponsored gambling in a major state yet.
Service Areas

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National

We are national non-profit organization active throughout the United States.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Les Bernal

BIO

Les has been the Executive Director of the SPG Foundation since it was formed in 2008. During this time, he has spoken and written extensively about the unfairness and inequality produced by government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries. In 2013, Les testified before Congress on internet gambling. He has appeared on national television and radio including 60 Minutes during its expose of slot machines in January 2011, CNN, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio and The BBC.  He has been interviewed by national newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Economist, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He has also spoken before dozens of college audiences and faith groups across the nation. Prior to joining the national movement, Les served as a Chief of Staff in the Massachusetts State Senate and worked as a campaign strategist for more than forty federal and state campaigns. He is also a former college and high school basketball coach, founder of the Robert Frost Foundation in Lawrence, Massachusetts - the hometown of America’s favorite poet – and a past chairman of the city’s Planning Board.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Guy Clark

Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico

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