ANCHORAGE, April 2, 2013 – Alaskans once again set new records in sharing their Permanent Fund Dividends (PFDs) with nonprofit causes across the state. According to data provided by the Alaska Department of Revenue Permanent Fund Dividend Division, 26,093 Alaskans pledged $2,445,450 to Alaska nonprofit organizations. Total contributions grew 10 percent over last year with almost 3,000 more Alaskans donating through Pick.Click.Give. than in 2012.
Overall, 4.7 percent of Alaskans who filed online for their PFD made a charitable donation using Pick.Click.Give.
Leading causes again include providing food and shelter to Alaskans in need, supporting local public broadcasting, helping families affected by domestic violence and rescuing abused or unwanted animals. Bean’s Café tops the list in fundraising for the second year in a row with pledges totaling $119,750. Rounding out the five highest earning organizations are KSKA with $112,150, Food Bank of Alaska with $72,425, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) with $66,125, and Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue with $61,850 pledged.
“Alaskans deserve a huge thank you for showing such generosity,” said Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager Heather Beaty. “This could have been a difficult year for Alaska’s nonprofits because the PFD was on the small side last year. It is heartwarming to see so many Alaskans make generous contributions to the causes we care about when we didn’t have a huge dividend. Even in tough times, Alaskans can be counted on to help their neighbors.”
Many nonprofits stepped up their outreach efforts this year for a shot at winning cash prizes in a new contest offered by the Pick.Click.Give. sponsors. This year, Blood N Fire, Radio Free Palmer, and Kenai Watershed Forum will each be awarded $5,000 for showing the most growth over their 2012 pledge totals. The Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will receive a $2,500 award for being the top earning organization that was not on the 2012 Pick.Click.Give. list.
Alaskans who used Pick.Click.Give. this year chose from 471 nonprofits in 48 Alaska communities. Lists of how much each organization received in pledges can be viewed sorted alphabetically, by zip code, or by amount pledged.
In 2012, 23,000 Alaskans raised $2.2 million for nonprofits, community foundations, and the University of Alaska campuses through Pick.Click.Give. In 2011, 19,000 Alaskans raised $1.5 million, and in 2010, 9,500 Alaskans donated a total of $927,000. In 2009, the program’s first year, 5,500 people gave $545,000.