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Local organizations benefit from state PFD donation program

Posted: December 31, 2011 - 7:24pm  |  Updated: January 2, 2012 - 1:27pm

The following Kenai Peninsula organizations are participating in the 2012 Pick.Click.Give campaign. Donations made be made to these organizations while applying for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend online. For more information, visit pickclickgive.org. To apply for a permanent fund dividend, go to www.pfd.state.ak.us/.

• Alaska Christian College, Soldotna
• Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Anchorage
• Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward
• Anchor Point Public Library, Anchor Point
• Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Seward
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Anchorage
• Birth 2 Three, Homer
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai
• Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer
• Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Homer
• Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, Soldotna
• Central Peninsula Health Foundation, Soldotna
• Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai
• Cook Inletkeeper, Homer
• Cooper Landing Community Library, Cooper Landing
• Cooper Landing Emergency Services Inc., Cooper Landing
• Girl Scouts of Alaska, Anchorage
• Great Alaska Council Boy Scouts of America, Anchorage
• Haven House, Homer
• Homer Council on the Arts, Homer
• Homer Food Pantry, Homer
• The Homer Foundation, Homer
• Homer Senior Citizens Inc., Homer
• Hope Community Resources, Anchorage
• Hospice of Homer, Homer
• Hospice of the Central Peninsula Inc., Soldotna
• Independent Living Center, Homer/Soldotna/Seward
• KBBI public radio, Homer
• KDLL public radio, Kenai
• Kenai Historical Society, Kenai
• Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Soldotna
• Kenai Peninsula Foundation ACF, Soldotna
• Kenai Peninsula United Way, Kenai
• Kenai Performers, Kenai
• Kenai Watershed Forum, Soldotna
• The LeeShore Center, Kenai
• Missionary Aviation Repair Center MARC, Soldotbna
• Ninilchik Community Library, Ninilchik
• Pier One Theatre, Homer
• Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Anchorage
• Pratt Museum, Homer
• Providence Alaska Foundation, Anchorage
• Resurrection Bay Historical Society, Seward
• The Salvation Army, Anchorage
• SeaView Community Services, Seward
• Seward Arts Council, Seward
• Seward Community Foundation ACF, Seward
• Seward Community Library Association, Seward
• Seward Food Pantry, Seward
• University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College, Soldotna

A flat-screen television. A digital camera. Paying off debt. These are options that come to mind when contemplating future Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. Yet, while many indulge in purchasing consumer products, others choose to give back. 

Starting Jan. 1, Kenai Peninsula residents can donate a portion of their share to 10 different local organizations using the PFD program Pick.Click.Give. Education- and charity-oriented organizations participate in the program. 

Boys and Girls Club of Kenai Peninsula, South Peninsula Haven House and Kenai Historical Society signed up to participate. 

The Alaska Legislature created the program in 2008, allowing Alaskans filing for their PFD online to donate all or part of the money to select organizations or community foundations. After a three-year pilot project, it is now a permanent part of the PFD process. 

Haven House has participated in the program all three years, and it’s signed up to receive donations in 2012. 

Each year, the women’s shelter received about $2,000 in donations through Pick.Click.Give., said Peg Coleman, executive director. 

She said most of the shelter’s programs require matching received grants with personal funding. For example, its Child Advocacy Centers, which provides services to sexually or physically abused children at facilities in Homer and Kenai, operate with the help of a $191,000 grant. The shelter needs to match 20 percent of the grant, Coleman said.

“These community contributions are key to providing basic services,” she said. “They support our shelter, prevention and education programs, as well as families devastated by violence.”

Donors can designate their contributions to specific programs, or even geographical areas. 

“If someone from Seldovia wants to reserve their money for that community, we’re able to do that,” she said. 

During the PFD process, donors contribute to organizations but not toward specific programs within an organzation. However, their names show up on the donor list, and they can request a preference from Haven House. 

Kenai Historical Society isn’t as fortunate. For the two years the organization participated in the program it received about $500, said Betty Idleman, historical society president. 

“We donated part of the money to the reconstruction of an old Russian church,” she said. 

Idleman said the society signed up to participate in the 2012 program, but it probably won’t the following year. 

“It’s costing more than the donations we’re getting,” she said. 

The application process for the program is $250. Additional requirements exist, such as licensure as a charitable or educational organization. 

In 2011, the program raised $1.57 million. For 2012, program managers set a goal of raising at least $2 million for Alaska nonprofits with an increase in individual participation of 5,000 people for a total goal of 23,800 participants. The monetary goal would represent an increase of 27 percent. 

Contributions are changeable. If donors e-sign their PFD application they can withdraw their contribution selections. 

For more information visit www.pickclickgive.org.

 

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