In addition to all the four-wheelers, snowmachines, wide-screen TVs (some in 3-D) and other toys you've spent your annual Permanent Fund Dividend on, we feel it's important that you know what else some of you did with your annual cash cow.
According to the Department of Revenue's Permanent Fund Dividend Division, the "Pick, Click, Give" campaign raised just under $800,000 this year to go to hundreds of charitable organizations across the state. Nearly $40,000 of that was "clicked and given" to non-profit organizations right here on the Kenai Peninsula.
The PFD Charitable Contributions Program, or "Pick.Click.Give," was created by the Legislature in 2008 to allow eligible Alaskans a way to contribute some of their dividend to a non-profit of their choice. The program was set to expire this year, but Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill this spring that makes the program permanent.
Alaskans make their choices when they apply online. You pick from the hundreds of qualifying organizations and choose how much of your dividend you want to contribute. In October, as individuals start receiving their dividends, organizations get their checks, too.
On the entire Peninsula, nearly 900 folks donated to more than 30 organizations this year. The largest recipient was the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, with more than 80 donations totaling $4,800.
And the program seems to be picking up steam. Last year about 5,500 Alaskans donated about $550,000. This year more than 13,000 participated. And the number of participating non-profits keeps rising, too.
We can't think of an easier way to make a contribution to our community. All you have to do is click that computer mouse one more time.
In short: Thanks to all you "Pick,Click,Give"ers, in 2010, and let's hope the program grows every year.
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