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Frequently Asked Questions about giving through your PFD

Thank you for participating in the PFD Charitable Contributions Program, or Pick.Click.Give. This innovative program gives Alaskans a way to donate to their favorite nonprofit organizations. For those who may not have given to an Alaska nonprofit in the past, the program provides a safe and secure way to make a donation. For those Alaskans who already support their favorite nonprofits, Pick.Click.Give. is a great way to make an additional gift. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the program.

Background on the program

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The program was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 2008 and allows Alaskans filing for their PFD online to donate all or part of it to the campuses of the University of Alaska, community foundations, and eligible charitable and educational organizations. After a three-year pilot project, Pick.Click.Give. is now a permanent part of the PFD program.

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Pick.Click.Give. provides a reliable way for Alaskans to support eligible nonprofit organizations. The program goal is to increase individual charitable giving overall, along with increasing the number of new donors to nonprofit organizations. The program provides an additional way for donors to support organizations they care about.

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It is a safe and secure way to give in areas you haven't considered before and to provide additional support to organizations you care about.  By giving through this program, you join others to become an important force in bettering our communities and state.

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When you donate through Pick.Click.Give., you make what is called an "unrestricted gift." Like other unrestricted gifts, the organization will use the funds to support its mission. If you chose to share your name with the organizaitons you choose, you will receive acknowledgement when your gift arrives at the organization in late October/early November of the year you donate. 

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To support costs of making the Pick.Click.Give. program available statewide, nonprofits agreed and the legislature passed a law to assess a 7% administrative fee on contributions. These fees are collected by the PFD Division and transferred to Pick.Click.Give. To cover the state's cost of administering the Pick.Click.Give. portion of the PFD application process, organizations pay an eligibility application fee to the State of Alaska.

How you can participate in the program

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The program is available to Alaskans who file online for their PFD. At the end of the PFD filing process, Alaskans can choose to add Pick.Click.Give. donations. The online application has a list of eligible organizations, and people will be able to choose those to which they want to contribute $25 or more.

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You may give from $25 up to the full amount of your dividend to eligible nonprofits.

Show Can I give part of my child's PFD or is this only for adults?

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Every Alaskan who files online for a PFD dividend can give through this program. So every member of your family has the option to participate. This is an excellent way to help teach your children about the value of giving to the community.

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Yes, each person who files on-line has a choice of eligible nonprofits to which they may give.

Show Can my contribution go to multiple organizations?

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Yes, you may choose to give to more than one eligible organization.

Show We have to make our designations early in the year -- before we know the actual amount of the PFD check. What if I designate more than my actual PFD check turns out to be?

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Your donations will be distributed in the order you designate the receiving organizations. If you allocate more than the amount available, full amounts will be given to your chosen organizations in that order, until the money is all designated.

Show Will my donation have my name on it, or will it just be part of the total gift to the designated nonprofit?

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You will have the ability, when you make your donation, to check a box that authorizes the state to share your name and contact information with Pick.Click.Give. and the organizations to which you donate. We encourage you to check this box so your organization will know about your contribution, will be able to share with you how your contribution is being used, and will be able to honor and recognize you for your generous support.

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The only way to give through Pick.Click.Give. is to file online. If you don't have access to a computer, check with your local public library for places in your community that may have a computer you can use. If you do not file online, please consider making a direct contribution to nonprofits you believe are serving the community.

Eligible organizations

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The requirements to participate were set by the Alaska Legislature. The requirements are:

  • The nonprofit is designated as a 501(c)(3) educational or charitable organization on the date of application and for the two calendar years that immediately precede the year the application is filed.
  • Unless federally exempt, it has a current Internal Revenue Service Form 990 on file, or if the IRS has granted a filing extension for the current year, has on file that form for the immediately preceding year.
  • The organization is directed by a voluntary board of directors or local advisory board members and a majority of whom are residents of the state.
  • It provided services in Alaska during the two calendar years that immediately precede the year the application is filed.
  • It receives at least $100,000 or five percent of its total annual receipts, whichever is less, from contributions.

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All the organizations are listed on the website on this page.

Show My favorite nonprofit is not among those listed. Is there a way I can give to it through this program?

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You may want to encourage your favorite organization to apply for the program next year if they aren't participating this year. In the meantime, consider making a direct contribution to nonprofits you believe are serving the community.

Acknowledgement of my donation

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The best way is to check a box you'll see on the application that authorizes the state to send your name and contact information to the organizations you have chosen to support. Donations, along with your name and contact information if you checked this box, will be sent to organizations in late October/early November of the year you donate. The organization won't receive any information about you or your gift before late fall of each year.

Show Will the state give my name or other donation information to any other organization?

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No. Information on your contribution will only be given to Pick.Click.Give. and the organization you select, and only if you check the box authorizing it.

Show What documentation do I need for the IRS when I file my taxes to prove I made this gift?

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When you make a Pick.Click.Give. donation, the PFD Division will send you an official 1099 upon payment of your dividend that shows how much money you donated and to which organization(s). People who request direct deposit will receive an email 1099. People who request a printed check can use the check stub as the 1099. This is your official receipt that can be used for tax purposes. The organization should also send you an acknowledgement letter if you release your name to them. This letter should have the organization's tax ID number on it and the amount of your gift for your filing purposes.

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Please consult with your tax advisor. Generally, you will declare the full amount of your PFD and then take a deduction for your contribution.

Show Can I withdraw from the charitable contributions selections I made on my on-line application?

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Yes, you can withdraw from all of your selections or select individual organizations to withdraw. From the PFD home page http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/, select the green “Add or Change Your Pick.Click.Give. Donation” button. You will be prompted to enter your name, social security number and date of birth. Once you click “Enter,” your PFD application details will show your charitable contributions to date and provide a button to “change” your contributions. Next to each contribution will be the option to withdraw. The deadline to withdraw is August 31. Donated funds cannot be retrieved after that date.

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Yes, it’s simple. From the PFD home page http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/, select the green “Add or Change Your Pick.Click.Give. Donation” button. You will be prompted to enter your name, social security number and date of birth. Once you click “Enter,” your PFD application details will show your charitable contributions to date and provide a button to “change” your contributions. Follow the prompts to add new donations.