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Alaskans Pledge Nearly $1 Million in 2010 Pick. Click. Give. Campaign

More than 9,500 Alaskans give $927,075 through their Permanent Fund Dividend

ANCHORAGE — Preliminary results from the second year of Pick. Click. Give. show that 9,543 individuals supported the causes they care about when they filed online for their 2010 Permanent Fund Dividend. Alaskans made 14,264 donations totaling $927,075 between January 1 and May 31 when the 2010 campaign concluded. These data are nearly double those from last year.

“Thanks to the generosity of thousands of Alaskans, nearly $1 million has been pledged to support nonprofit organizations across the entire state,” said Jordan Marshall, Initiatives & Special Projects Manager at Rasmuson Foundation. “This is an important step toward the goal of increasing personal giving in Alaska.”

The new program, now in its second year, allowed Alaskans filing online for their Permanent Fund Dividend to give all or part of it to qualifying nonprofit organizations, community foundations or campuses of the University of Alaska. Specific organization contribution totals and the final figure will be available in October when dividend checks are determined and disbursed.

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 organizations that qualified for the 2010 PFD application represent the diversity of nonprofits around the state.

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; and from in-kind support from public broadcasters, The Nerland Agency, and hundreds of Alaska nonprofits. The Alaska Giving Coalition, The Foraker Group and the United Way of Anchorage are working with Rasmuson Foundation and the Department of Revenue PFD Division to implement the program.

For more information, visit www.PickClickGive.org.