Pick.Click.Give sees highest dollars per person rate in history of program
Program brings in more than $3.1 million for Alaska nonprofits from more than 29,000 donations
Anchorage, AK – Great news for Alaska nonprofits! Alaskans have once again proven their generosity, setting a record for the average amount donated per person through Pick.Click.Give. to $108, up from a $100 average in 2015. That generosity led to the second highest amount pledged in the programs history.
According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, as of April 1, 29,543 Alaskans donated $3,192,725 from their 2016 PFDs. This was a slight decrease from the record amount of $3,329,575 in 2015.
Overall, 5.5% of Alaskans who filed online for the PFD made donations through Pick.Click.Give. Last year, 6.0% of Alaskans participated in the program.
“We’re thrilled with this year’s donation amount. Alaskans deserve a huge thank you for their willingness to support such great causes,” said Pick.Click.Give. manager Jason Grenn. “This could have been a difficult year for Alaska’s nonprofits because of the uncertainty around the Permanent Fund itself and the economic situation in our state. But in these tough times, it’s inspiring to see Alaskans can be counted on to help their neighbors.”
Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to donate $25 or more from their PFD to one or more of 640 eligible nonprofit organizations from across the state. The top five recipients in 2016 were Bean’s Cafe with $126,025, Alaska Public Media with $116,600, Food Bank of Alaska with $89,550, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest with $82,675 and Catholic Social Services with $80,175.
“The goal of the Pick.Click.Give. program is to help make charitable giving part of the every Alaskan’s life,” said Nina Kemppel, President and CEO of The Alaska Community Foundation. “Along with our partners, Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group and United Way of Anchorage, we are proud to be helping nonprofits make a positive impact on communities across the state.”
Although the deadline to apply for the 2016 PFD has passed, Alaskans who have already filed can add Pick.Click.Give. donations through August 31, 2016. More information can be found at PickClickGive.org