Penn National Gaming’s “myheroes” Program Reaches 100K Milestone

Penn National Gaming is pleased to announce that its “myheroes” program, which honors active-duty military, veterans and first responders, has surpassed enrollment of 100,000 members. In celebration of this milestone, the company has dedicated $100,000 to support local veterans organizations and first responder groups in the communities in which it operates.


Penn National Gaming dedicates over $4 Million to fund STEM scholarships and create internship opportunities.

Penn National Gaming Has Contributed Over $4.6 million to the barstool fund to support small businesses

Penn National Gaming is proud to support our partner Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports in helping to sustain small business owners around the country who have been hard hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Already, over $41 million has been raised to provide ongoing support to more than 443 businesses and counting. We look forward to joining the fight to help save our small main street businesses.


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In-Kind and Monetary Donations

If your nonprofit organization would like to apply for consideration of a monetary or in-kind donation from one of our individual casinos, please visit our Charitable Giving page.

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About the Penn National Gaming Foundation

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 assist 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, health services, and programs that provide support and services to veterans, active members of the military and their families. 

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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: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, 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 preservation, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities.

Education: Programs which support preschool, 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 disadvantaged populations, especially in times of natural or man-made disasters.

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.

Veteran and Military Support: Programs that provide support and services to veterans, active members of the military and their families.

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 5 p.m. Eastern Time 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