ANCHORAGE, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 – The Alaska Department of Revenue has accepted 365 nonprofit organizations and all the campuses of the University of Alaska as eligible for the second PFD Charitable Contributions Program – or Pick.Click.Give.
The goal of Pick.Click.Give. is to increase the number of people who give to Alaska nonprofits, as well as the total amount of charitable dollars that are donated. The program became law last year and allows Alaskans who file on-line for their PFD to donate all or part of it to eligible charitable, educational and nonprofit organizations, including the University of Alaska and community foundations. The costs for the program are being paid by Rasmuson Foundation to encourage the growth of philanthropy in Alaska.
According to Elizabeth Ripley, Executive Director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation, one of the newest donors to the Pick.Click.Give. public awareness campaign, the first year of the program was a success.
“More than 5,100 Alaskans generously contributed approximately $545,000 to their favorite nonprofit organizations,” Ripley said. “We appreciate every donor who gave a share of their dividend check to help better their community. We look forward to even greater participation in 2010. Pick.Click.Give. is an excellent way to make a first contribution to a nonprofit or to increase current giving.”
The organizations that qualified for the 2010 PFD application represent the diversity of nonprofits around the state. The list of qualifying organizations is available at www.PickClickGive.org. The list can be searched alphabetically by organizations, or by services and geographic area. Also available at the site is information on the program, including answers to those questions most frequently asked by Alaskans.
Promotion of Pick.Click.Give. is made possible through financial support from Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, ConocoPhillips, BP and the Mat-Su Health Foundation. The Alaska Giving Coalition, The Foraker Group and the United Way of Anchorage are working with the Rasmuson Foundation and the Department of Revenue to implement the program.