More than 26,000 people pledged $2.4 million this year from their permanent fund dividends to Alaska non-profits through the Pick. Click. Give program -- a new record, the agency announced Tuesday.
The program allows recipients to donate a portion of their permanent fund check to qualifying charities.
The top recipients were Beans Cafe ($119,750), Alaska Public Telecommunications Inc. ($112,150), Food Bank of Alaska ($72,425), Abused Women's Aid in Crisis Inc. ($66,125), Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue ($61,850), Catholic Social Services Brother Francis Clare House ($58,325), Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest ($57,075), Friends of Pets ($48,450), Covenant House Alaska ($44,500), American Red Cross ($42,100), Salvation Army ($35,675) and Fairbanks Community Food Bank ($29,100).
Total contributions were up 10 percent from last year, and about 3,000 more people participated in the program than in 2012, the agency said in an announcement. Overall, about 4.7 percent of online PFD applicants this year participated in the program. The deadline for applying was Saturday.