Anchorage, January, 26, 2015 – Alaskans are setting a new record for participation in Pick.Click.Give. with 6% of those who have filed for the 2015 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) making donations. More than $1 million dollars has been pledged so far this year through the charitable giving program, which allows Alaska residents to donate $25 or more from their PFD to eligible nonprofit organizations.
“It’s exciting to see more Alaskans using Pick.Click.Give. as a safe, easy way to support the causes they care about,” said Heather Beaty, Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager. “These small donations really add up to make a big difference in our communities.”
As of 6 a.m. this morning, 11,508 of the Alaskans who have filed online for the 2015 PFD have pledged $1,071,725 through Pick.Click.Give. Should current trends continue, Pick.Click.Give. donations could total more than $3 million dollars this year for Alaskans’ favorite nonprofit causes. In 2014, 4.8% of Alaskans who filed online for the PFD pledged more than $2.8 million through Pick.Click.Give.
Organizers believe a couple of factors are encouraging more Alaskans to Pick.Click.Give. The amount of the PFD grew in 2014 to $1884, more than twice the amount of the previous year’s dividend. Also, the popular “Double Your Dividend” sweepstakes is offered again this year, where 10 Alaskans who Pick.Click.Give. will win a cash prize equal to the 2015 PFD.
“With another big PFD on the way and a chance to double your dividend, many Alaskans are finding there’s never been a better time to Pick.Click.Give.,” said Beaty. “Sharing a little of your PFD with a nonprofit doing good work in our state is a great way to show your love for Alaska.”
The PFD filing period is open through March 31. Alaskans who have already filed still have the opportunity to Pick.Click.Give. by revisiting the PFD website and logging into their application to add donations. This year, Alaskans who Pick.Click.Give. can choose from 540 eligible nonprofits in 51 communities.
For a complete list nonprofit organizations participating in Pick.Click.Give. or a copy of the sweepstakes rules, visit www.PickClickGive.org.
Supporters of Pick.Click.Give. include: ExxonMobil, Alaska Mental Health Trust, BP Alaska, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Alaska Children’s Trust, Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group, United Way of Anchorage, The Alaska Club and MSI Communications.