Two weeks ago, we reported in The Inquirer about efforts by groups competing for the city's second casino license to win over neighbors. They are doing so with charitable donations, outreach to neighborhood groups and special events.
Along the way, we took a look at what existing casinos were doing with charitable giving. There’s no law that says a casino has to give away money, but they are required to disclose the recipients of charitable giving to the state’s Gaming Control Commission.
My colleague John Duchneskie came up with this graphic to show how much each casino was giving away per $1 million in revenue. At the low end was Mount Airy Casino Resort, which contributed $47 for every $1 million. At the high end was Parx, which gave away $28,727 for every $1 million. With $505 million in revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Parx donated a total of $14.5 million.
Among other local casinos, the donations-per-million rates were:
* $2,222 for SugarHouse;
* $222 for Harrah’s
* $4,651 for Valley Forge.