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The Alaska Department of Revenue has certified 333 nonprofit organizations and all the campuses of the University of Alaska as eligible for the first contributions campaign offered as part of the PFD Charitable Contributions Program.  The list was released today by the Alaska Giving Coalition.

The United Way of Anchorage worked with the Department of Revenue to assure that organizations requesting to be listed met all legal requirements.  Each year of the three-year program, organizations will go through an application program to be included.

The list of qualifying organizations is available on The Foraker Group website.  Go to

he Foraker Group is pleased to help facilitate the Rasmuson Foundation 2008 Sabbatical Program.

Anchorage – This year executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors will be eligible to apply for the 2009 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program that is designed to provide time away from the office for rest, personal renewal and professional growth. The postmark deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2008. 

Those who hold the positions of CEO, president, executive director or tribal administrator can apply by downloading application materials from the Rasmuson Foundation website. In addition, anyone knowing a nonprofit or tribal leader that would benefit from a Sabbatical can nominate that person online at the website, and an application package will be mailed to their nominee.


The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management program began this week.

It is a statewide program offered in partnership with the University of Alaska. This is a non-degree program offering 10.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU's).

The program is designed for Alaska nonprofit professionals in leadership positions who want to enhance their management skills and explore a full range of issues and best practices to use in their organizations.

To find out more, visit The Foraker Group web site. Information about the next session will be announced later in the year.

The Foraker Group Benefit Plan
The Foraker Group in cooperation with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska (PBCBS) will provide an update on The Foraker Group Benefit Plan. This will be an excellent opportunity for Q and A. 

This is a free session but please sign up today.

Upcoming briefings:

Sept 5
10:00am - 11:00am
Anchorage, Camp Fire

Sept 8
11:00am - 12:00pm
Palmer, AT&T Sports Center

Sept 11
3:00pm - 4:00 pm
Anchorage, Camp Fire

Sept 12
9:00am - 10:00am
Fairbanks, Food Bank




High gasoline costs have put a crimp into volunteer activity at charities across the country.

Organizations, including the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, have complained that the current tax deduction for use of a personal car while performing volunteer services for charities was too low at 14 cents a mile. That is compared with 58.5 cents a mile for corporate employees who use their cars for business purposes.

More than 100 charitable groups have signed a letter asking Congress to address the problem. And on Wednesday, four senators plan to announce a proposal to reset the charitable mileage deduction to 70 percent of the corporate deduction.  

Read More of the article on the New York Times web site ...

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

The rate will increase to 58.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008. This is an increase of eight (8) cents from the 50.5 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2008, as set forth in Rev. Proc. 2007-70.

Read More of the IRS press release ...

Mileage Rate Changes:


Rates 1/1 through 6/30/08

Rates 7/1 through 12/31/08










The Foraker Group, along with the Rasmuson Foundation, unveiled a new health insurance program today that is designed to create a healthier nonprofit sector in Alaska. The program offers two options that will help expand coverage to underinsured individuals and families or those who currently have no insurance.

“This health insurance initiative is a first for any association in the Northwest, and possibly the nation,” said Dennis McMillian, President and CEO of The Foraker Group. “The initiative provides very real financial incentives to promote healthier lifestyles. We know that healthier employees mean lower health care costs and higher productivity. We hope that ultimately our success will provide an example of how other business sectors can offer insurance for their employees at a stable, affordable cost.”

Read more ...

Click to read articles and blog posts about the PFD Contributions program.

PFD contributions wanted (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

PFD contributions signing

Gov. Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, stands with Foraker Group's Dennis McMillian, Piper Palin, Rasmuson Foundation's Diane Kaplan and United Way of Anchorage's Michele Brown just after signing into law House Bill 166... Read More ...  

(Photo/Frank Flavin Photography/Courtesy of Rasmuson Foundation)

From The Chronicle: Alaska's Charitable-Giving Law

Alaska has passed a new law aimed at bolstering philanthropic giving among state residents, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Read more ...

Nonprofits to benefit from new PFD program (

The newly established Permanent Fund Dividend Contribution Program makes it possible for Alaskans to donate all or part of their permanent fund dividends to qualified charitable organizations, educational institutions, community foundations and University of Alaska campuses before the law sunsets in three years. Read more ...

Palin signs new PFD bill into law (KTNA)

Governor Palin signed a new bill into law that allows residents to immediately give their PFD, or any portion of it, to their favorite non profit corporation.

Governor Sarah Palin signed an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend contribution program into law yesterday. The new program allows Alaskans to donate a portion or all of their PFD to qualifying charitable organizations, institutions and community foundations. Read more ...

The PFD Contribution Program application process has ended for this year (distibution 2009). If you are interested in pursuing this program in 2009, please stay tuned to The Foraker Group's web site.  We expect that the Department of Revenue will begin taking applications again from qualified nonprofits in June 2009.

If you have questions, please contact us at:
1-888-785-GIFT (4438)

To prepare for next year, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document at the bottom of the PFD information page to better understand issues of eligibility of Alaska nonprofits as defined by state law  for the PFD Contribution Program and other details.

You can also subscribe to our General E-Newsletter - even if you are not a Foraker Partner - to receive timely announcements pertaining to the program.

If you need clarification or more information, don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

The PFD Contribution Program application is available on Foraker Group website. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the PDF file.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions document included with the application concerning eligibility of Alaska nonprofits for the PFD Contribution Program.

The completed application MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL and


If you need clarification or more information, don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

PFD Info phone number: 1-888-785-GIFT

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