Penn National Gaming Foundation

Background

The Penn National Gaming Foundation, a 501(c)3 private foundation, was launched in 2005 by Penn National Gaming, Inc. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide assistance to the nearly 2,000 Penn National employees impacted by the storm. The Foundation awarded over $1.4 million in grants for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing, shelter and medical needs.

The Foundation also supported relief efforts across the Gulf Coast through donations to organizations such as Hope Haven Shelter in Bay St. Louis, the MS Law Enforcement and Firefighter Katrina Relief Fund, KaBOOM! and its efforts to rebuild playgrounds on the Coast, and the Gulf Coast-area Salvation Army.

Today, the Penn National Gaming Foundation is proud to support numerous local non-profit organizations in the communities in which Penn National operates, focusing on projects that promote community development, education, human services, cultural affairs and diversity, and health services.

Our Commitment

Penn National Gaming Foundation, Inc. grants shall be used to address the broad needs of the residents of the communities in which Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNGI) operates or has a business interest, which currently includes the following states: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.

Funding Criteria

Foundation grants shall generally fall in the following categories:

  • Community Development:  Projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, housing, historic preservations, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities.
  • Education:  Programs which support per-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education and special education programs.
  • Human Services:  Programs which address the needs of children and youth, senior citizens and disadvantages populations, especially in times of natural or man made disaster.
  • Cultural Affairs & Diversity:  Programs and facilities designed to foster an understanding, appreciation and celebration of different cultures and encourage participation among individuals of different cultures and belief systems.
  • Health: Local health and medical-related programs.

Applicants must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and must be physically located in the city, town or region where Penn National Gaming has a business interest.

Grant Timeline

Grant determinations will be considered on a quarterly basis. Applications are due by 5pm Eastern on the following dates in order to be considered for that quarter. Late applications will be forwarded to the next quarter for review:

  • January 1
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • October 1