FanDuel donates $300K to organizations helping problem gamblers

March 7, 2024 2:53 PM
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  • Steve Chen — Special to CDC Gaming Reports
March 7, 2024 2:53 PM
  • Steve Chen — Special to CDC Gaming Reports

In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Month this March, igaming and daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel is supporting various initiatives to raise awareness of the risks of problem gambling.

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“Our team works year-round at FanDuel to equip and support our customers to play responsibly. As we mark Problem Gambling Awareness Month, I’m excited to work with a growing roster of partners to expand access to problem gambling support resources,” said Alison Kutler, head of responsible gaming and sustainability at FanDuel.

The company is teaming up with mental health service provider Kindbridge Behavioral Health to launch a pilot program in New Jersey and Ohio, possibly expanding to Colorado if it proves successful. The program will provide self-excluded players access to comprehensive mental health assessments and group support services.

“We are thrilled to be working with FanDuel to offer vital mental health support for players in need,” said Daniel Umfleet, CEO of Kindbridge. “This collaboration is deeply resonant, extending a compassionate hand to those navigating the complex terrain of problem gambling. At the heart of our ethos lies a fervent belief in the power of accessible mental health resources to illuminate paths toward healing and recovery.”

In addition, FanDuel is making a $150,000 donation to the National Council on Problem Gambling to further support the NCPG’s Agility Grants program, which is funded by the NFL via the NFL Foundation.

“Investing in prevention is key to mitigating gambling-related harm. We appreciate FanDuel’s support of NCPG and their proactive and collaborative approach to providing problem gambling prevention, research and treatment resources,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG executive director.

FanDuel will make another $150,000 donation to the International Center for Responsible Gaming, an organization dedicated to helping people and families affected by gambling disorders.

“FanDuel’s support continues to play a huge role in ICRG’s research and development. We are honored to work with FanDuel as we commit to advocating for the importance of responsible gaming,” said the center’s president, Arthur Paikowsky.

MGM Resorts International and BetMGM have also announced problem gambling support initiatives in collaboration with Kindbridge Research Institute and Kindbridge Behavioral Health.