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CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS PROGRAM RAISES $550,000 Donation checks are arriving for the Legislature’s new “Pick. Click. Give.” campaign, and the results are in. More than 5,500 Alaskans pledged a total of about $550,000 from their 2008 Alaska Permanent Fund dividends through the online Charitable Contributions Program.

It couldn’t have arrived at a better time, said Laurie Wolf of The Foraker Group, a nonprofit which supports other nonprofits throughout the state and helped coordinate the campaign.

“Because of the economic downturn, donations to many nonprofits have declined at the very time when demand for their services is up,” she said. “Many Alaska families are struggling to make ends meet and are reaching out to nonprofits and charitable organizations for assistance.”

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