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Five More Days to File for 2012 PFD

Alaskans who have already filed can still pledge a gift

ANCHORAGE – Attention Alaska Procrastinators: You have less than a week to apply for the 2012 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) before the annual 11:59 p.m. March 31 filing deadline. Filers this week also have an opportunity to be part of something bigger – exceeding the $2 million goal for donations to nonprofits via the PFD Charitable Contributions Program Pick. Click. Give. (PCG)

“Alaskans who have already filed for their dividend can still go back and make donations to Pick. Click. Give. causes across the entire state. It’s as simple as visiting the PFD Division website and clicking on the Add or change Charitable Pledges link to add a gift,” said Jordan Marshall, Initiatives and Special Projects Manager at Rasmuson Foundation. “Tens of thousands of Alaskans are already making a difference in their communities through simple gifts from their dividends.”

With the dividend application deadline looming, organizers announced today that, according to the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, as of Tuesday morning, March 27, a total of $2,038,675 has been pledged 21,700 Alaskans making 34,801 pledges to hundreds of Pick. Click. Give. nonprofits, community foundations and the University of Alaska campuses. A total of 507,510 PFD applications have filed thus far in 2012.

Examples of how Pick. Click. Give. dollars are put to good use are found in the attached “2012 Pick.Click.Give. Social Services” document. The attachment highlights stories of impact from several organizations providing emergency and transitional services to Alaska’s vulnerable populations (i.e., Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), Bean’s Café, Catholic Social Services, Covenant House Alaska, The Salvation Army, and Stone Soup Group).

For point-in-time data on each participating nonprofit, please see attached spreadsheet. Please note additional worksheets show regional performance breakouts and ranking by dollars per nonprofit.

To file for the PFD, go to http://www.pfd.alaska.gov. More information on Pick. Click. Give. can be found at www.PickClickGive.org and on Facebook.

Last year, 19,000 Alaskans raised $1.5 million through Pick. Click. Give. In 2010, 9,500 Alaskans donated a total of $927,000 and in 2009 (the first year of the program), 5,500 people gave $545,000.

The Pick. Click. Give. statewide outreach campaign is made possible through financial support from the Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Atwood Foundation, BP Alaska, ConocoPhillips Alaska, ExxonMobil, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Northrim Bank, Providence Health + Services Alaska and Rasmuson Foundation. Also providing generous amounts of in-kind support are the Alaska Public Radio Network, Regal Entertainment Group/CIRI, The Alaska Club, Alaska Aces, Nerland Agency and Wells Fargo Bank Alaska. Pick. Click. Give. is coordinated through a partnership including the Permanent Fund Dividend Division of the Alaska Department of Revenue, Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group, United Way of Anchorage and Alaska Community Foundation.