The Association of Charity Lotteries in the European Union (ACLEU) is an international non-profit organisation, established in 2007 to promote the charity lottery model and to give a voice to charity lotteries and their beneficiaries in the European debate on games of chance and in all matters relating to fundraising through charity lotteries. ACLEU members contribute a large share (up to 80%) of their ticket sales to a wide range of NGOs, including well-known organisations as Amnesty International, WWF and Unicef and many local charities.
The members of ACLEU believe charities in every EU Member State should be enabled to use a charity lottery as a fundraising tool. We also believe that charity lotteries should operate nation-wide, financing national civil societies, and working with a licence issued by the national government. Charity lotteries have proven to be successful in the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom. These lotteries have joined forces in ACLEU to promote the model throughout Europe by making politicians, policymakers and charities aware of the existence of this model. This way, more charitable organisations will be able to benefit from revenues from charity lotteries.
ACLEU intends to achieve its objectives through:
- Promoting members' interests by developing and communicating common positions;
- Promoting members' interests to EU institutions and all governmental and intergovernmental institutions in the EU;
- Providing a forum for the exchange of best practices and information.
We are convinced that the charity lottery model could be applied successfully in many more countries. Charity lotteries function well alongside state lotteries, as shown by research done in the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Most importantly, they are an effective tool for helping NGOs all over Europe to cope with the challenge of finding adequate financial resources to perfom their tasks for the good of the whole society.
After all, charities always win with a charity lottery!
The mission of WWF is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF Sweden and WWF the Netherlands both receive annual donations from charity lotteries. www.wnf.nl
Europa Nostra represents some 250 non-governmental organisations, 150 associate organisations and 1500 individual members from more than 50 countries who are fully committed to safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage and landscapes.
Together, they provide a powerful network for dialogue and debate; celebrate the best heritage achievements; campaign against threats to vulnerable heritage buildings, sites and landscapes; and lobby for sustainable policies and high quality standards with regard to heritage.
ACLEU supports the annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards to celebrate outstanding initiatives among the many facets of Europe's cultural heritage. www.europanostra.org
Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:
- enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies;
- building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries;
- promoting the rights and interests of the world's children.
The Dutch and Swedish offices of Plan receive an annual donation from charity lotteries. www.plansverige.org
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. They have more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions and coordinate this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues.
The Dutch and Swedish offices of Amnesty receive annual contributions from charity lotteries. www.amnesty.nl