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Anchorage, October 1, 2014 – Ten Alaskans who made charitable donations through Pick.Click.Give. this year were randomly chosen to double their dividends. With the 2014 PFD check being the third largest since the Permanent Fund began paying dividends in 1982, ten lucky Alaskans will earn a cash prize of $1,884 this month.

Pick.Click.Give. is proud to announce the inaugural winners of the “Double Your Dividend” sweepstakes:

Jeffrey McDonald – Anchorage, AK

Eileen Moring – Anchorage, AK

Bonnie Wright – Anchorage, AK

Michael Kutscheid – Anchorage, AK

Hardy Forston – Anchorage, AK

Dustin Cloud – Anchorage, AK

Monica Broek – Anchorage, AK

Shawnel Padilla – North Pole, AK

Samantha Laudert – Valdez, AK

Tim Blust – Juneau, AK

During the 2014 PFD filing period Alaskans gave more than ever to charities across Alaska. The average gift has grown to $104, up from $94 in 2013, and donations totaled more than $2.8 million.

“This was the first year Pick.Click.Give offered the Double Your Dividend sweepstakes. It was exciting to see so many Alaskans make the choice to support Alaska nonprofit causes and also have a chance to double their dividends,” said Heather Beaty, Pick.Click.Give. program manager. “We plan to hold this sweepstakes again next year, and we hope it continues to motivate Alaskans to share a little of their PFD with nonprofit organizations throughout the state.”

This year 512 organizations will benefit from Pick.Click.Give. More than 50 of those nonprofits were new to the program and first-time beneficiaries. In 2014, Alaskans gave a record $2.8 million, and more than $10 million has been raised through Pick.Click.Give since the program began in 2009.

For a complete list of nonprofit organizations and to learn more about the Double Your Dividend sweepstakes, visit www.PickClickGive.org.

ExxonMobil sponsored advertising of the 2014 Pick.Click.Give. Double Your Dividend sweepstakes and Rasmuson Foundation provided the funds for the prizes. Other Pick.Click.Give. sponsors include: Alaska Mental Health Trust, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Atwood Foundation, Alaska Children’s Trust, Northrim Bank, The Foraker Group, United Way of Anchorage and MSI Communications.

Pick.Click.Give was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 2008 and allows Alaskans filing for their PFD online to donate all or part of it to the campuses of the University of Alaska, community foundations, and eligible charitable and educational organizations. After a three-year pilot project, Pick.Click.Give. is now a permanent part of the PFD program.