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KTVA Channel 11’s Joe Vigil talks with Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager Sofia Fouquet about 2017 pledge trends.

http://www.ktva.com/pick-click-give-seeing-fewer-larger-donations-year-421/


Authors: Nina Kemppel, Diane Kaplan

Since its inception in 2009, Pick.Click.Give. has distributed more than $17 million to nonprofits statewide. This year, 667 nonprofits across the state are participating in the program. Here are just some of the ways your Pick.Click.Give. contribution will help:

  • Alaska Public Radio Network provides critical news and information on local stations throughout Alaska including communities like Utqiaġvik where KBRW can meet the unique needs of North Slope Borough residents.
  • Best Beginnings in Anchorage can further its mission of ensuring all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed by promoting early childhood literacy and learning.
  • The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad will purchase equipment and maintain infrastructure, making its members better able to conduct wilderness search and rescue missions.
  • Bean’s Café in Anchorage is working harder than ever to feed the hungry and homeless as unemployment and homeless rates increase.
  • Alaska SPCA protects helpless, abused dogs and cats and helps them find safe, loving homes.
  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation can provide high-quality, no-cost legal assistance in civil matters to low-income Alaskans.

The Pick.Click.Give. website is full of stories that highlight how your donations have helped nonprofits improve and enrich the lives of all Alaskans.

When you apply for this year’s PFD, you’ll once again be asked if you’d like to donate a portion of your dividend to a nonprofit organization through Pick.Click.Give. But for the first time in nine years, many Alaskans may hesitate at the thought of donating.

It’s no secret that Alaska faces a financial crisis. Oil prices remain low, and this year’s PFD will once again be lower. Proposals circulating in the Alaska Legislature seek to introduce an income tax and use part of the Permanent Fund’s earnings to fund government programs.

In the face of uncertainty, we understand that your initial instinct may be to rein in your charitable giving, whether by decreasing your usual Pick.Click.Give. contribution or giving nothing at all. Rather than succumb to that instinct, we’re asking that you ignore it and GIVE. Give just as much, if not more, as you have in the past. Alaskans may be independent, but we have always stepped up to lend a helping hand to those in need. Now is when your donations are needed the most.

As our Legislature begins making the tough decisions on how to balance the state budget, it will fall to nonprofits to fill the gaps in service. They will step forward to provide medical services to those unable to pay, food and clothing for those who have none, and to keep us informed and ready to meet the challenges ahead. Without your Pick.Click.Give. donations, thousands of Alaskans will go without the support they so desperately need. Giving is vital to ensuring the continued health and well-being of our communities.

It won’t take much. If every person eligible to receive a PFD donated just $25, together we could raise $16 million — almost surpassing the amount raised over the life of the program. Just imagine the impact that money will have on your friends, family and neighbors.

You have the power to make a difference. Join us by using that power to help improve the lives of those in your community by donating through Pick.Click.Give.

Diane Kaplan is president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation. Nina Kemppel is president and CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation. Visit pickclickgive.org to search the 667 nonprofits participating in this year’s program. The deadline to donate a portion of your PFD through Pick.Click.Give. is August 31.


KTVA’s Emily Carlson speaks with Pick.Click.Give. manager about PFD caps, the importance of giving, and program successes in 2016.


Anchorage, AK – Ten lucky Alaskans who made charitable donations through Pick.Click.Give. were chosen as the winners of the 2016 “Double Your Dividend” sweepstakes. Of the 22,000+ people who released their names so nonprofits could thank them, ten were chosen at random to win a cash prize of equal to the 2016 dividend amount – $1,022.

Winners donated to a variety of organizations through Pick.Click.Give., ranging from food banks to youth activity centers to special need support groups, pet rescue shelters, community foundations and more. The winners plan to use their cash prizes in a variety of ways, including paying bills, saving for a new car, purchasing local artwork, and even donating again to local nonprofits.

Winners of the Pick.Click.Give. “Double Your Dividend” sweepstakes are:

  • Juley Adolfae – Anchorage, AK
  • Derek Blake – Anchorage, AK
  • Archer Cooper – Fairbanks, AK
  • Joshua Delong – Anchorage, AK
  • Cynder Gray, Anchorage, AK
  • Steven Rouse – Soldotna, AK
  • Heather Szundy – Anchorage, AK
  • Mariah Ver Hoef – Fairbanks, AK
  • Bettina Witteveen – Kodiak, AK

“It’s exciting to see so many Alaskans support nonprofits through Pick.Click.Give. And because of their generosity, they had a chance to double their dividends,” said Jason Grenn with The Alaska Community Foundation. “Just like the winners are from all part of Alaska, the nonprofit organizations impacted through Pick.Click.Give. are located in communities throughout the state.”

During the 2016 PFD filing period more than 29,000 Alaskans gave to a broad variety of charities across Alaska. This year 640 organizations will benefit from Pick.Click.Give. donations and over $3.19 million will go to nonprofit causes across the state. Almost $17 million has been raised through Pick.Click.Give since the program began in 2009. For a complete list of nonprofit organizations that participate in Pick.Click.Give., visit Pick.Click.Give.org

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Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Holding over $80 million in over 300 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF grants $3-4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. Our mission is to transform gifts from Alaskans into an extraordinary contribution for our state’s future. For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.


Pick.Click.Give. sees highest dollars per person rate in history of program

Program brings in more than $3.1 million for Alaska nonprofits from more than 29,000 donations

Contact: Jason Grenn, Pick.Click.Give. manager, jgrenn@alaskacf.org, 907-249-6616 / 907-301-3046

April 1, 2016

Anchorage, AK – Great news for Alaska nonprofits! Alaskans have once again proven their generosity, setting a record for the average amount donated per person through Pick.Click.Give. to $108, up from a $100 average in 2015. That generosity led to the second highest amount pledged in the programs history.

According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, as of April 1, 29,543 Alaskans donated $3,192,725 from their 2016 PFDs. This was a slight decrease from the record amount of $3,329,575 in 2015.

Overall, 5.5% of Alaskans who filed online for the PFD made donations through Pick.Click.Give. Last year, 6.0% of Alaskans participated in the program.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s donation amount. Alaskans deserve a huge thank you for their willingness to support such great causes,” said Pick.Click.Give. manager Jason Grenn. “This could have been a difficult year for Alaska’s nonprofits because of the uncertainty around the Permanent Fund itself and the economic situation in our state. But in these tough times, it’s inspiring to see Alaskans can be counted on to help their neighbors.”

Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to donate $25 or more from their PFD to one or more of 640 eligible nonprofit organizations from across the state. The top five recipients in 2016 were Bean’s Cafe with $126,025, Alaska Public Media with $116,600, Food Bank of Alaska with $89,550, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest with $82,675 and Catholic Social Services with $80,175.

“The goal of the Pick.Click.Give. program is to help make charitable giving part of the every Alaskan’s life,” said Nina Kemppel, President and CEO of The Alaska Community Foundation. “Along with our partners, Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group and United Way of Anchorage, we are proud to be helping nonprofits make a positive impact on communities across the state.”

Although the deadline to apply for the 2016 PFD has passed, Alaskans who have already filed can add Pick.Click.Give. donations through August 31, 2016. More information can be found at PickClickGive.org

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Pick.Click.Give is a program of The Alaska Community Foundation. Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Holding approximately $75 million in more than 360 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF grants $3-4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. Our mission is to transform gifts from Alaskans into extraordinary contributions for our state’s future. For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.