PRESS RELEASE from Pick.Click.Give
If you were in Anchorage, Bethel, Haines, Homer, Juneau, Seward, Sitka, Petersburg or Wasilla recently, there’s a good chance you heard or saw non-profits promoting local philanthropy in partnership with Pick.Click.Give (PCG).
March 1st ushered in rallies, radio interviews, community discussions and loads of photos as non-profits across the state came together to encourage Alaskans to give locally this winter.
If you were in Seward, you heard Allison Fong talking shop on KIBH; those heading to the grocery store in Sitka probably had a friendly chat with local volunteers, offering to help with the technical end of a PCG donation; the lucky folks in Haines might have joined in on a community brown bag lunch where non-profits could celebrate PCG experiences before taking a publicity shot in front of the library; and if you were heading to Homer you might have seen some enthusiastic sign waivers.
Friday, March 2nd told an interesting story. Statewide, daily contributions to the PCG program spiked by 1% the day after the rally and cumulative giving (the percentage of all Alaskans who have applied for a PFD and who have contributed through the program) went from 4.24% on Thursday to 4.28% by Monday morning. As of this report, the average pledge per donor sits at $103.41, nearly $4 more than the average pledge per donor in 2015, when the expected dividend was twice as much as it is now.
The purpose of PCG Day is to remind Alaskans that now more than ever is the time to support local non-profits and organizations that provide services to community members among us. Whether it’s providing a hot meal, caring for rescued animals or creating a place for children to read books after school, Alaskan non-profits enrich our communities on a daily basis. The nonprofit sector, perhaps best known for “tightening its belt” and “doing more with less”, is feeling today’s economic hardship as much, if not more than the rest of us. A $25 donation, given directly or through PCG, might mean 10 more meals in your local shelter or several new books in your local libraries.
You can still take part in PCG Day by making a pledge through PCG when you apply for your PFD online at www.pfd.alaska.gov. For those who have already applied for your PFD, you can make a donation on the same website through August 31st, just log in to your account and follow the green button.
Want to hop on the philanthropy train, but not sure who to give to? Check out the Pick Tool at www.pickclickgive.org for a fast and easy way to choose your next favorite non=profit.
Pick.Click.Give is a program of The Alaska Community Foundation. Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Managing more than $86 million in assets and over 430 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF and its affiliates grant $3 million to $5 million each year to charitable projects and non-profit organizations across the state. ACF’s mission is to inspire the spirit of giving and connect people, organizations and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever.
For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org or call 907-334-6700.