ANCHORAGE, March 6, 2013 – Generous Alaskans are once again sharing their Permanent Fund Dividends at record setting pace. According to new data released by the State Department of Revenue Permanent Fund Division, 19,627 Alaskans have pledged more than $1.78 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. That represents growth of nearly ten percent more funds than had been pledged this time last year.
Alaskans are using Pick.Click.Give. to provide food and shelter to those in need, rescue abused or unwanted animals, and support families affected by domestic violence. Bean’s Café again tops the list in total funds raised, with over $92,000 pledged by Alaskans so far. Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue, which ranks fifth in funds raised with $47,050 pledged, received the second highest number of individual pledges at 1,118. Other top earners thus far are KSKA, Food Bank of Alaska, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), and Catholic Social Services.
“Despite a smaller dividend last fall, many Alaskans still feel they can spare $25 or $50 to help a cause they care about,” said Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager Heather Beaty. “These small gifts add up to make a big difference.”
Pick.Click.Give. sponsors are offering a contest this year to reward the organizations that see the most growth in donations. Three nonprofits with the highest percentage growth in pledges will win an additional $5,000 each, and the top earning organization that was not on the Pick.Click.Give. last year will win an additional $2,500.
Alaskans who have already filed for the PFD can still add a donation through Pick.Click.Give. by revisiting their application online. Alaskans who have yet to apply for the 2013 PFD can do so through March 31st.
The 2013 Pick.Click.Give. contributions as of March 4th can be viewed sorted alphabetically by organization name, by zip code of the organization, or by total amount pledged. For information on the final 2012 Pick.Click.Give. pledge amounts, please visit our blog.