Donate while applying for PFD

CIRI shareholders and descendants once again have the opportunity to give to their favorite Alaska nonprofit organizations, including CIRI-affiliated programs, when they apply for their 2010 Permanent Fund dividend (PFD).

The PFD Charitable Contributions Program, or Pick.Click.Give., was created by the Alaska Legislature in May 2008. It allows Alaskans filing for their PFD online to donate all or part of their dividend to eligible charitable and educational organizations, community foundations and the campuses of the University of Alaska.

The program was a success in 2009, its first year, with 5,100 Alaskans giving $545,000 to the state’s charitable organizations. Program organizers expect the program to provide even more support in 2010.

Many CIRI-affiliated nonprofit organizations and other Alaska Native organizations with ties to CIRI participate in the Pick.Click.Give. program, including Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Justice Center, ANTHC Healthy Alaska Native Foundation, Beans Café, Koahnic Broadcast Corp. and WEIO World Eskimo Indian Olympics.

PFD applicants will see the Pick.Click.Give. option when they go online to sign up for their dividend. Just follow the instructions to make a donation.

For those who have already signed up for their 2010 Permanent Fund dividend, the PFD Charitable Contributions Program is creating a process that allows Alaskans to Pick.Click.Give. even if they have already submitted their online PFD application. Check online at to find out when this function becomes available.

More information about the program can be found online at