of Alaska has released the results of the inaugural year of allowing Alaskans
to donate part or all of their Permanent Fund Dividend to charities. The top
recipient statewide was the Food Bank of Alaska, which received $28,805.
Alaska Public Telecommunications Incorporated, the parent company of the Alaska
Public Radio Network, was given $19,155. The American Red Cross, Planned
Parenthood and Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue in Wasilla each took in about
$16,000. Bean's Café and Catholic Social Services were the only other
nonprofits in the state to receive over $10,000.
several non-profits benefited from PFD recipients' largess. The Senior Citizens
of Kodiak received $225, the Koniag Educational Foundation $250, Kodiak Historical Society $275, the Alutiiq
Heritage Foundation got $300, Kodiak Public Broadcasting $375, the Kodiak Women's
Resource and Crisis Center $575, Kodiak Maritime Museum $900, and the Humane
professionals wonder whether the donations are from new contributors, or
existing supporters using a new method to give the same amount of money.
will once again have the opportunity to give through Pick-Click-Give starting
in January, when the application period for the 2010 dividend opens.