Juneau nonprofits rally for Pick.Click.Give donations

March is last month to file for PFD, last chance to donate through PCG

Making people aware of a simple charitable donation brought out a group of sign-holders braving the early-morning wind encouraging people to “Pick.Click.Give” at the Douglas Bridge stoplight Thursday morning.

 

The Alaskan Community Foundation, in partnership with several Juneau nonprofits, hosted the rally as a way to raise awareness of PCG. PCG encourages Alaskans to support charities by donating a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend.

“This rally is really a way to encourage people to participate in PCG,” Saralyn Tabachnick, Executive Director of AWARE, and who serves on the operations board of the Foraker Group said. “We want people to keep it in their thoughts and to donate to causes that are important.”

The rally is in its second year throughout the state, but this is the first time it is happening in Juneau.

Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Executive Director at Southeast Alaska Independent Living and a participant on the statewide committee for PCG, explained this is a key time of the year for the rally to happen.

“The busiest times of the year for people to file for their PFD are the first two weeks of January and the first two weeks of March because March is the last month to file,” he said.

The program has grown over the years, with 2015 being the biggest year to date as 33,421 people contributed $3,330,250. Last year, 26,128 people contributed $2,702,450, according to Sofia Fouquet of the Alaska Community Foundation.

Last year, Alaskans pledged $2.5 million, but if everyone participated, it would grow substantially. Knutson-Lomabrdo said since PCG started in 2009, almost $18.9 million has been donated across the state and Juneau had $26,000 donated to locally-based nonprofits. SAIL received $9,450 last year and has received $64,753 total, according to the pickclickgive.org.

“If everyone who applied for the PFD gave the minimum of just $25, it would accumulate to $15 million dollars donated to nonprofits,” Tabachnick said. “It is a simple and very meaningful way to give. Most people really don’t miss the money they give. It is a nice way to give without having to dig too deep into your pockets.”

Julie Hamilton, treasurer on the board at Cancer Connection, said she understands that some people probably have an idea in mind with what to do with their PFD, but expressed that even if people contribute a little, it will help. Cancer Connection received $5, 075 last year and $51,800 total through the program.

“People have thought out what they are going to do with their PFD check,” Hamilton said. “They may not want to take a piece out of that pie, but even if they donate $25, it really adds up.

Mandy Cole, of AWARE, said she came out to the rally because she wanted to express how important it is to help the community nonprofits. AWARE received $20,983 last year and has received $165,803.37 total, according to the pickclickgive.org.

“It’s a super easy and kind of fun thing to do,” Cole said of PCG. “There are so many organizations in town that do so much and this is way to show your support and show that you care.”

The morning rally was the first of three PCG events held in Juneau Thursday. There was also a group photo at the State Capitol which included Juneau PCG nonprofits and supporters. Another rally occurred at the Douglas Bridge intersection between 4:15-5 p.m.


• Contact reporter Gregory Philson at gphilson@juneauempire.com or call at 523-2265. Follow him on Twitter at @GTPhilson.


Juneau area nonprofits

Akeela Inc

Alaska Arts Education Consortium

Alaska Avalanche Information Center AAIC

Alaska Correctional Ministries Inc

Alaska Folk Festival Inc

Alaska Health Fair Inc

Alaska Institute for Justice

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association Four As

Alaskans For Life Inc

Alzheimers Resource of Alaska

American Red Cross of Alaska

Association for the Education of Young Children Southeast Alaska

AWARE Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Cancer Connection

Catholic Community Service Inc

Discovery Southeast

Friends of Jensen Olson Arboretum

Friends of the Alaska State Library Archives and Museum

Friends of the Juneau Douglas City Museum

Friends of Zach Gordon Youth Center Inc

Girl Scouts of Alaska

Glacier Swim Club

Helping Hands

HoopTime Basketball

JDIA Juneau Douglas Ice Association

Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council

Juneau Audubon Society Juneau

Juneau Coop Preschool Inc

Juneau Dance Theatre

Juneau Family Health and Birth Center

Juneau Jazz and Classics

Juneau Lyric Opera

Juneau Raptor Center

Juneau Ski Club Juneau

Juneau Symphony Inc

Juneau Youth Sailing

Juneau Youth Services Inc

Juneau Youth Wrestling Club

KTOO KRNN KXLL 360 North CoastAlaska

NAMI Juneau

Opera to Go Orpheus

Peace Officer and Firefighter Survivors Fund

PFLAG Juneau

4Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands

(3 other locations)

Polaris House

Sealaska Heritage Institute

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

Southeast Alaska Foodbank

Southeast Alaska Independent Living SAIL

Southeast Alaska Land Trust J

The Canvas at REACH

The Foundation for End of Life Care

The Glory Hole Juneau Cooperative Christian Ministry

The Nature Conservancy

The Salvation Army

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Trail Mix Inc Juneau

United Way of Southeast Alaska Juneau

University of Alaska Southeast Juneau

University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus

Young Life Alaska

Association for the Education of Young Children Southeast Alaska

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