GambleAware publishes 2021 Q1 donation figures

The UK gambling industry charity GambleAware has published its donation figures for the first quarter of its fiscal year.

According to the charity’s latest report, donations were up by 180.5% from the same period last year.

GambleAware’s Q1 figures

Yesterday, the charity revealed that it received £2.3m (€2.7m/$3.2m) in donations between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021, the first quarter of the charity’s financial year.

GambleAware’s donations for the three-month period ending 30 June were up by 180.5% from £820,000 during the same period in 2020.

All gambling companies that are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission are required to make a contribution towards research, education, and treatment. The UK gambling regulator publishes a list of charities that meet this requirement and GambleAware is one that ticks all three boxes.

The charity also asks all businesses who profit from gambling to donate at least 0.1% of their annual gross gambling yield (GGY) to the charity.

The majority of GambleAware’s Q1 donations came from the online gambling giant Entain, which made a contribution of £2m for the quarter.

GambleAware’s second-highest donor was Videoslots, which donated £50,000 to the charity, while Broadway Gaming and Apricot Investments both donated £30,000.

In the first quarter, Star Racing donated £20,720 in the first quarter, while Virgin Bet followed with £16,892 in donations.

Meanwhile, Intouch Games made three payments of £4,700 for a total donation of £14,100.

Other notable donations came from One Click and STS.BET which donated £22,801 and £22,000 respectively.

The charity did not receive any funds from regulatory settlements during the period.

However, GambleAware did receive several pledges from gambling operators in the country. The charity received £65,605 from BetVictor, £10,000 from Mansion Group Holdings, and £5,000 from Novomatic.

For the year ending 31 March, donations grew 80.9% to £19m thanks to larger donations from Entain and Flutter. These two operators, alongside Bet365 and William Hill, pledged to donate a total of £100m to improve problem gambling services by the end of 2023.

What has GambleAware been up to?

Earlier this month, the charity published a new report on bank transactional data to try and gain new insights into gambling behaviour.

The research analysed bank transactional data from financial institutions Monzo and HSBC with the intention of learning more about gambling behaviours and how effective gambling blocking tools are.

However, the charity said that when taken individually, these datasets are not enough to understand whether a customer is at risk of experiencing gambling harm.

According to the charity: “A dataset from a single bank is unlikely to offer a full picture of an individual’s spending, and so these exploratory research projects illustrated that further research is needed to create a fuller picture of an individual’s overall financial wellbeing.”

In June, the charity also published an evaluation of the gambling support services available in England and Wales.

The report revealed that gambling support services in England and Wales were delivered in 12 regions between October 2018 and March 2021, identifying “key facilitators, barriers, and opportunities” for programme success.

The evaluation revealed that approximately 30,000 people were screened for gambling harm.