Donations from Alaskans' PFD checks surpass those made last year

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The donation portal from the Permanent Fund Dividend saw more Alaskans giving charitably this year as compared to last, officials with the program announced Thursday.

The charity campaign, Pick.Click.Give., allows residents filing for their PFD to allocate a desired amount to go directly to charities they choose.

By the end of March, the total amount pledged by Alaskans was $2,906,875.00, the average pledge per donor is $113.88, and the average pledge per gift (each gift represents the amount a donor gifts per nonprofit organization) is approximately $62.53, according to Pick.Click.Give program manager Jessie Lavoie.

In a news release issued by Lavoie, the organization stated that the current average pledge per donor has increased nearly $9 over last year and is a record for the program.

“With an uncertain future for the state budget, Alaskan’s are stepping up and supporting their communities,” said Lavoie.