House Back Popular "Pick.Click.Give." Program (HB 302)
HB 302 allows for greater participation
Monday, March 19, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – The popular “Pick.Click.Give.” program, where Alaskans can donate all or a portion of their dividend checks to charity, won legislative backing to expand the recipient pool.
HB 302, sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton, repeals the audit requirement for applicant organizations because it was seen as a barrier for small organizations like the Seward Senior Center, who would need to pay an $8000 audit fee out of an $280,000 annual budget to participate in the program.
“The bill doesn’t remove financial accountability, it provides financial stability for worthy Alaska organizations,” Seaton, R-Homer, said. “Audits are still required by many funders, including the federal government. There’s a danger for not being listed, as well. If an organization decides not to pay for the audit and leaves the list, it can send a bad message to donors, who may assume the group doesn’t meet the requirements anymore for tax-deductible contributions.”
The University of Alaska would also be required to pay the application fee for any and all campuses it wishes to list for the program.
The 25th Alaska Legislature created the program to give Alaskans a simple and convenient option to donate to charities and non-profits of their choice.
HB 302 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.