National Council on Problem Gambling Participates in #GivingTuesday

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Creates Programs to Boost Effectiveness in Responsible Gaming and Gambling Addiction

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#GivingTuesday is about creating change and progress - in our lives and in our communities.

Giving Tuesday is December 2, 2014. After the delicious feast of Thanksgiving and the double glut of shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is a day focused on giving - but it is much more than that. The broader focus is on change, and creating progress in our lives and in our society. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to reflect on community and give to non-profit organizations in order to support their work to effect positive change for people who are in need.

With these gifts, comes great responsibility. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is consistently aiming to create better outcomes within the field of problem gambling. Staff and board members constantly monitor and explore the many changing facets of the gambling world and the addictions field, and provide programs that help all stakeholders in mitigating harm and protecting public health.

One tool in this effort is to set high standards in responsible gaming. NCPG published the first US standards for responsible internet gaming as well as consumer protection guidelines for social games that simulate gambling. These “free” games will generate $1.3 billion in revenue this year, so it is important to protect players who may be losing substantial amounts of money.

The National Council on Problem Gambling focuses not only on being a resource for people who experience a gambling problem as well as their families, but also for the 37 state affiliates with which we partner for resources, information and training in order to reach people in need year-round. NCPG and our affiliates are non-profit organizations and donations are tax-deductible in accordance with the law.

Gifts donated through #GivingTuesday and the remainder of the year will go directly to programs like:

  •     Helpline: The National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem.
  •     Holiday Lottery Campaign: annual December campaign in partnership with state and international lottery organizations which urges adults to be aware of the possible risks of gifting lottery products to minors.
  •     National Problem Gambling Awareness Month: NPGAM is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign that aims to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and to raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally. http://www.ncpgambling.org/awareness

Donations to NCPG are put to work to create progress in the problem gambling community across the entire nation. Those who suffer with this addiction, as well as their loved ones and colleagues, are offered help and hope.

#GivingTuesday donations can be made through our website, http://www.ncpgambling.org. Any amount will make a difference to create change in the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by problem gambling.

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