The amount Alaskans give to charity each year through the PFD donation program “Pick Click Give,” continues to grow. Final figures were released by the organization last week after the Permanent Fund Dividend deadline passed last Monday, and Alaskans donated nearly $2.8-million, up $326,000, or 13-percent, from last year.
The announcement showed average individual giving also increased from $94 last year to $104 this year. Still, a tiny fraction of Alaskans chose to give through Pick Click Give, amounting to less than 5-percent of those who filed for a PFD online.
Pick Click Give administrators were upbeat nonetheless, noting that both the individual average and total figures were records for the six-year-old program. They say several factors may have contributed to the higher giving levels, including the expectation of a larger dividend this year, a new advertising campaign and a “Double Your Dividend” sweepstakes that will award a cash prize to 10 Alaskans who give through the program.
In Kodiak, the Humane Society – long a favorite cause through Pick Click Give – was once again by far the biggest benefactor this year, receiving $8,250 in gifts. The Kodiak Public Library Association, Kodiak Public Broadcasting, and the Alutiiq Museum each received about $4,000. The Arts Council and Maritime Museum were in the $3,000 range, with the Senior Center getting about $2,000 and the relatively new Kodiak Community Foundation receiving just under $1,000.
Overall, 512 organizations in 50 communities around the state received donations, with Bean’s Café in Anchorage on top with $143,225. Alaska Public Media, the parent company of APRN, which broadcasts its contribution appeals statewide over local public radio stations, was close behind, receiving $125,525.
Here’s a link to the full Pick Click Give breakdown.