Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars opposes Colorado Ballot Amendment C

Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars opposes Colorado Ballot Amendment C the Charitable Bingo and Raffles Amendment

Amendment C will largely commercialize charitable bingo

Lakewood, Colorado— October 6, 2020 — Today at the VFW Colorado State Headquarters, Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander announced opposition to Amendment C on the November 2020 Colorado ballot.
“The amendment will grind down one of the larger revenue streams nonprofit organizations have for use in your community,” said Robert M. Kidd Sr., State Commander of Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Community benefits and causes

Trust and reliability, earned respect in your community, that is what religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, educational, volunteer firefighters, or veterans’ organizations have brought over the years. “Communities within Colorado benefit from the operation of nonprofits each day,” Kidd said, “in many locations around Colorado nonprofits are the sole community asset that is the anchor of the population that enhance the economic, social programs, the unique spirit, and cultural well-being of their respective communities.”

Credibility to insecurity

Amendment C will largely commercialize charitable bingo, allowing for-profit operators to take over. Also, according to Amendment C, starting January 1, 2024 the Colorado legislature can further reduce an important key toward obtaining a bingo license, that is reducing the three year organizational stability requirement to zero, which will allow any fly-by-night operation to invade Colorado, operate, flee as fast as they came, as they depart Colorado with the profits. Thereby leaving the nonprofits of Colorado without one of their larger revenue streams.
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces who served in combat zones. Founded in 1899 right here in Colorado and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With 23 thousand VFW and Auxiliary members in Colorado and nearly 1.7 million located in more than 6,700 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliary are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.

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