history; Las Vegas; corporate social responsibility; casinos; gaming corporations


Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Gaming Law | United States History

Document Type

Original Research Article


Today’s gaming corporations actively engage with their communities by supporting nonprofit organizations and adopting environmentally friendly practices among other socially responsible actions. This research considers precursors to modern corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the gaming industry by examining the philanthropic activities of the casino owners in Las Vegas in the early days of its development. This historical look at early philanthropy in the gaming industry provides a contextual background for considering contemporary corporate social responsibility. While the gaming industry has clearly come a long way from its early ties to organized crime, an understanding of this context helps further discussion about the place of CSR in today’s gaming industry and the role that gaming corporations should play as corporate citizens.