by BCSF Staff
Bethel Community Services Foundation (BCSF) announces that the fifth annual Give+Get Drawing in 2019 will reward two lucky donors who choose to Pick.Click.Give. to a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta-based nonprofit. The first-place winner will earn $1,000 and the second-place winner will earn $500. To be entered, Alaska residents must file for the PFD and Pick.Click.Give. to a YK Delta-based nonprofit.
“BCSF’s goal is to increase giving through Pick. Click. Give. to the Y-K Delta nonprofits who have applied to be part of that campaign,” said Michelle DeWitt, Executive Director of BCSF. So far, seven individuals have won prizes in the drawing during the past four years: Joan Dewey in 2015; Melody Hoffman (first place) and Mae Engler (second place, which was created in the second year of the campaign) in 2016; Zach Fansler (first place) and Mary Pete (second place) in 2017; and Shane Iverson (first place) and Carolyn Iverson (second place) in 2018.
According to DeWitt, what makes this drawing unique is that the winners will also receive another prize: the ability to designate a matching $1,000 and $500 grant from BCSF to a participating local nonprofit, or split the prize among two or more of the nonprofits. The gift to the nonprofit(s) was intended to “continue the spirit of giving and leverage more dollars to one or more nonprofits in our region,” said DeWitt. “We thought it would add to the fun and the intention of the drawing to not only give the individual winner cash, but also give that lucky person the opportunity to pick one or more organizations they care about to win, too.” BCSF is contributing the $7,000 cash and advertising costs for the project. Thus far in the first four years of the drawing, $5,500 has been awarded to individuals and $5,500 has been awarded to participating nonprofit groups.
With an incentive to win $1,000 or $500, BCSF expects more donors will participate in the Pick.Click.Give. campaign and select one or more Y-K Delta organizations for their contribution. The seven organizations from our region listed with Pick.Click.Give. & participating in the Give+Get Drawing are Bethel Search & Rescue, Yuut Elitnaurviat, KYUK, Tundra Women’s Coalition, Bethel Friends of Canines, Kuimarvik (whose proceeds will be allocated to the YK Delta Lifesavers to support swimming opportunities at the YK Fitness Center) and Bethel Family Clinic.
The minimum Pick.Click.Give. donation is $25, and only people who file electronically have the opportunity to participate in Pick.Click.Give. Donors will receive one entry for each participating organization he or she contributes to for a maximum of seven entries into the drawing. Donors must provide their name when they Pick.Click.Give. in order to be entered into the Give+Get Drawing. BCSF will hold the drawing on #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 as part of the #bethelgives campaign.
Individuals who have already filed for their PFD without choosing to Pick.Click.Give. can go back to the system and add a contribution or make a change to their contributions. To do this, PFD filers should visit pfd.alaska.gov and clicking the Green “Add or Change My Pick.Click.Give. Donation” button. More information & official drawing rules are listed at www.bcsfoundation.org/drawing.
To ask questions about the local Pick.Click.Give campaign and the Give+Get drawing, you can contact BCSF at 907-543-1812 or send an email to [email protected]