ANCHORAGE - Alaskans are encouraged to start the New Year off by donating all or part of their Permanent Fund Dividend. Jan. 1 was the first day Alaskans can go online to apply for their PFD, and it's the second year they'll have the option to Pick. Click. Give. to qualifying nonprofit organizations, community foundations or campuses of the University of Alaska.
"This year, we're hoping more people will choose to participate," said Cassandra Stalzer, communications manager for Rasmuson Foundation. "It's an easy way to support your favorite cause, and just think what can be accomplished if each person gave just a small amount of their dividend? If each Alaskan gave just $25, we could raise more than $15 million, which would go a long way toward helping Alaskans facing homelessness or hunger, or would provide welcome relief for arts and other community organizations."
Last year, more than 5,100 Alaskans gave approximately $550,000 to more than 330 organizations through the Pick. Click. Give. campaign. Organizations received between $25 and $28,000 in donations.
More than 360 organizations have qualified for the 2010 PFD check-off program, representing a full spectrum of nonprofits across the state. Alaskans are encouraged to visit www.PickClickGive.org now to see a list of qualifying organizations or search based on their interest area so they can decide what they want to support before going online to apply for the PFD.