In July of 2014, Governor Parnell signed House Bill 75, sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton, which was passed unanimously by the Alaska Legislature. The bill was an important step in the advancement of Pick.Click.Give. and contained three primary benefits. (Read the full text of HB 75)
Organizations applying to Pick.Click.Give. will be required to provide a financial audit only if they are required to do so by the federal government. By aligning the audit requirements with federal standards, more of Alaska’s mid-sized nonprofits will be eligible to take part in Pick.Click.Give.
Pick.Click.Give. has been created and implemented at no cost to the State of Alaska, and no funds from the Permanent Fund Dividend have been used to enable the program. Statewide coordination, technical assistance to nonprofits, and the creation of the online “picking and giving” tool featured on the Department of Revenue website have all been funded by corporate and philanthropic organizations. But as Pick.Click.Give. matures, a sustainable way to support coordination of a statewide campaign needed to be identified.
Pick.Click.Give. organizations were surveyed in the summer of 2014, and 86% of respondents said statewide coordination and administration is essential to the success of the program, and that pooling a percentage of donations was the method that was most fair and desirable. HB 75 included a 7% coordination fee, which the PFD Division will withhold from distributions to organizations.
- HB 75 will require University of Alaska campuses to apply for inclusion in Pick.Click.Give., instead of being automatically listed.
HB 75 was the most significant legislation to effect Pick.Click.Give. since the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 166 in May 2008 that created the PFD Charitable Contributions Program (Pick.Click.Give). The law allowed Alaskans filing for their PFD online to donate all or part of their dividend to the campuses of the University of Alaska, community foundations, and eligible charitable and educational organizations.
As of December 2014, nearly $11 million has been contributed using Pick.Click.Give. – the uniquely Alaska statewide giving program.