We all know that there can be huge individual winners at casinos, but we also know that, given enough time, the house ultimately always wins. Or does it? What about casinos that give back to communities, or to social causes? Casinos with a conscience, if you will.
While there are many details that are not known or are a little murky, this is actually very common. Some states in America even require their casinos to donate a portion of their profits to local projects, and then regulate how this is portioned out.
Harrah’s, the biggest gambling company in the world, gives a lot of grants and many others follow their example. It’s great for you as a player too, because you get the warm glow that comes from knowing that you’re doing good even as you play and enjoy yourself. We’ve highlighted just a few of the many online casinos that are also engaged in philanthropic efforts, to give you an idea of the kind of efforts that are made.
The Ebola crisis reached its peak in 2014, in Sierra Leone and Liberia. To help with relief efforts, 888 Casino targeted its VIP players in a specific campaign. Within just 2 days, 888 Casino had managed to raise $25 000.00, all of which was given to the International Medical Corps UK.
The International Medical Corps UK is widely regarded as among the most effective first response humanitarian groups in the world, and had Ebola treatment teams that reached as many as 1.5 million affected individuals.
This was by no means the first philanthropic work carried out by 888. The casino has also often hosted charity events to raise funds for disaster areas, cancer support centres, different types of sport and other good causes.
The Movember Foundation uses the worldwide enthusiasm for men growing moustaches for the whole of November, widely known as Movember, to educate about and help overcome male health issues all around the world. In November 2014 BETAT Casino committed to donating 1% of all the revenue that it generated for the month to this worthy cause.
General Good Works
Online and land-based sportsbook and casino empire William Hill has been prosperous for years, and its proprietors obviously believe in spreading the good fortune around. The company has 16 000 employees in 9 countries, and is committed to helping the local communities in which its operations are located.
William Hill makes contributions in various ways. The company donated £940,000 to the Responsible Gambling Trust or RGT in 2014. This is a charity dedicated to, education and research on, as well as treatment of, problem gambling. In the same year, £41,000 went to various other good causes, and William Hill has actively supported different charities around the world for years. These include projects for the disabled, for sick children, for disadvantaged youths and for animals in need.
Among the biggest philanthropic undertakings that William Hill committed to in the past few years was Project Africa, with the affiliation starting in the June of 2012. Project Africa is involved with offering practical help to Ol Maisor, a rural community in the north of Kenya.
Within 2 years, William Hill has sent a group of colleagues to the community who had helped to build new and improve existing educational and medical facilities. They had also helped to provide more clean water, and as part of the building efforts helped to establish a library, computer room and teacher’s housing, among other things. No doubt the community was grateful, and it all came down to the success of William Hill that bettors and players contributed to.