ANCHORAGE - An innovative program designed to make philanthropic giving easier for Alaskans is one step closer to permanence.
A bill passed by the Alaska State Legislature on Friday will extend the PFD Charitable Contributions Program, known as Pick. Click. Give., by removing the three-year sunset provision that was included in the original 2008 authorization.
Senate Bill 171 establishes a $250 nonprofit application fee to address the ongoing administration costs of Pick. Click. Give. Start-up costs for the program were supported by private funding.
Pick. Click. Give. allows Alaskans to make charitable donations when they file online for their Permanent Fund Dividend. Now in its second year, Alaskans have used the program to direct more than $1.45 million in charitable giving to qualified nonprofits, community foundations, and campuses of the University of Alaska.
The bill will now go before Gov. Sean Parnell. If signed, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2011.
More information about Pick. Click. Give. is available online at www.pickclickgive.org.