Project organizers say early 2011 Pick Click Give participation figures are extremely encouraging. As of January 5th, 81,805 Permanent Fund Dividend applications have been filed online with 2,975 individuals making 4,414 pledges for a total of $224,475.00. The partnership promoting the program reports that they hope Alaskans will share $1.5 million of their Permanent Fund Dividend with nonprofits when they file online this year. "A generous formula I've come up with is 9 for me 1 for you," said Ricky Gease, executive director Kenai River Sportfishing Association. "In other words I keep 9 of every ten dollars of my PFD and give one to my favorite cause. And if we all did that, the results would be truly amazing and make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for all Alaskans," Gease said.
"Alaskans are demonstrating their generous spirit as they increase their use of Pick Click Give," said Jordan Marshall, a project manager for Rasmuson Foundation. "Right now we are seeing an average participation rate of 3.6 percent, which is more than double last year's average rate. This remarkable growth is encouraging for the participating causes that are doing important work in our communities."
Marshall says Alaskans have a wide range of organizations they can choose to support. They may designate from $25 up to their full dividend to one or more of the Pick Click Give causes when they file online. Local organizations participating include: The Food Bank of the Kenai Peninsula, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, The Kenai River Sportfishing Association, and Kenai Watershed Forum. The full list of eligible organizations is found at www.PickClickGive.org. Among those causes that are part of the program for 2011: 40 organizations provide health care services for those who might otherwise go without it, 152 organizations that provide safe places, positive choices and nurturing environments for young people, 100 arts and culture organizations dedicated towards preserving Alaska's heritage or stimulate artistic expression, 91 organizations that help Alaskans put their lives back together after an emergency, and 159 organizations committed to helping individuals and families affected by a disability or mental illness. Alaskans can also give to Kenai Peninsula College and all campuses of the University of Alaska system, and to community foundations as well.
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