As the program gains traction in its third year with total statewide donations in excess of $1.5 million — $500,000 more than last year — local nonprofits are also seeing larger contributions.
Pick, Click, Give noted that top nonprofit organizations receiving funds are Alaska organizations countering hunger and homelessness and those helping people in emergency situations. The pattern of giving to Kodiak charities roughly matched those priorities.
Donations to the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center increased by more than $1,000, to $3,100 this year. Mary Lund, an administrative assistant with the crisis center, said the additional funding will be spent on necessities or whatever else is needed to keep the shelter running.
“I think it’s fantastic that the community is supporting the center,” she said.
Lund cited national and state attention on domestic violence issues, including Gov. Sean Parnell’s initiative to counter domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska, as one possible cause for the increase.
The local nonprofit getting the most funding was the Humane Society of Kodiak, which received nearly $3,500 in donations, an increase of $750 from last year.
Nicole Schwan, manager of the Kodiak Animal Shelter, said funding from the program will go toward the shelter’s spay and neuter programs, especially for spaying cats and pit bulls.
With fewer animals breeding, there will be fewer animals dropped off at the shelter, she said.
Schwan attributed increased donations to a campaign by the shelter to gain higher visibility in the community as an advocate for pets and to attract volunteers for the shelter.
Kodiak Arts Council executive director Tom Quass said when nonprofits receive the Pick, Click, Give donations, they will also get a list of people who contributed toward their particular nonprofit. He makes it a point to send each contributor a note of thanks.
The nearly $2,100 the Kodiak Arts Council received this year will help fund the council’s summer arts programs, arts and education, and arts workshops for kids.
Other Kodiak organizations getting Pick, Click, Give donations: The Kodiak Maritime Museum, $2,175; Kodiak Public Broadcasting, $1,700; Senior Citizens of Kodiak, $1,375; Kodiak Historical Society, $1,225; and Kodiak College, $125.
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