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Alaskans give record $2.2 million from their PFDs to more than 400 nonprofits

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Haines, Alaska – House Finance Committee Co-chair Bill Thomas today thanked Alaskans for sharing more than $2.2 million from their 2012 Permanent Fund Dividends with non-profits across the state.

Thomas, R – Haines, sponsored the bill (HB 166) creating the “Pick. Click. Give.” program during the 25th Alaska Legislature, along with Senator Kevin Meyer, and the subsequent Senate Bill 171. The program allows Alaskans to designate all or a portion of their dividends to a non-profit of their choice while they fill out their annual application.

“Alaskans are once again proving their generosity and community spirit,” Thomas said. “We’ve seen steady growth since the program began, with more records set this year for those donating, amounts donated, and number of non-profits participating. I am truly proud and humbled to have played a role in its development and thank my colleagues in the Legislature for its passage. It makes a real difference; the Haines Animal Rescue Kennel uses its funds for emergency surgeries, and Haines Assisted Living is going to use their gifts to purchase an overhead projector or computer for client activities.”

As of April 1, according to the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, more than 23,000 individuals had pledged more than 37,000 gifts to more than 400 non-profits totaling $2,200,800.

Dept. of Revenue Commissioner Bryan Butcher announced the 2012 PFD amount earlier today. Eligible Alaskans will receive $878 beginning Oct. 4, if they filed electronically. Paper checks will be mailed out shortly after. This is the 31st dividend paid to Alaskans since the program was created by constitutional amendment in 1976.

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