df-pcg-meme-for-facebookFebruary 15 marked the midway point for this year’s Pick. Click. Give. campaign – and yet Doyon Foundation was nowhere near the halfway point of our Pick. Click. Give. fundraising goal.

As of February 15, 28 donors had pledged $1,625 to Doyon Foundation, leaving a $3,375 gap between pledges and our $5,000 fundraising goal.

We are asking all Alaskans to consider helping us get to our $5,000 Pick. Click. Give. goal.

“Your Pick. Click. Give. donations go directly to support the Foundation’s general scholarship fund, which helps offset the high cost of tuition and books for both full-time and part-time college students,” says Doris Miller, executive director of Doyon Foundation.

Pick. Click. Give. donations are down significantly from last year, negatively impacting nonprofits statewide. Less than 5 percent of Alaskans are choosing to Pick. Click. Give. when they complete their PFD applications.

Last year, 70 donors contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. This year, we just hope to reach the $5,000 mark.

“We know it is a tough year for a lot of Alaskans,” Doris acknowledges. “At the same time, we need to continue supporting the efforts of students who are going to school with the goal of getting an education and improving the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. Because in the end, that benefits us all.”

Alaskans are encouraged to Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation when completing their 2017 PFD application. The deadline to submit a 2017 PFD application is Friday, March 31.

Those who have already submitted a PFD application can easily add a Pick. Click. Give. contribution by logging back into their application at pfd.alaska.gov. Step-by-step instructions for making a Pick. Click. Give. donation are available here.

Donations of any amount are welcomed. “Every little bit moves us toward our goal,” Doris says.

 

Did you Pick. Click. Give. when you filled out your PFD application this year? If so, post this badge to your Facebook page or add it to your email to let everyone know you are supporting students and saving languages with Doyon Foundation!

If you haven’t yet made a Pick. Click. Give. pledge, please consider doing so today. Less than 5 percent of Alaskans are giving this year, and nonprofits across the state are feeling the decline (including Doyon Foundation). We need your help to reach our Pick. Click. Give. goal!

Already filed for your PFD? Don’t worry – it is easy to log back into your PFD application and add a Pick. Click. Give. donation. Need help? Check out these simple step-by-step instructions.

From all of us here at Doyon Foundation, thank you for your support!

Aubrielle Champagne, of Tok, Alaska, is the daughter of Karla and Shawn Champagne, and the granddaughter of Ted Charles and Darlene Summar, and Ray and Linda Champagne.

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Help us support more students like Aubrielle. Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation!

The Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient has been playing hockey since she was 5 years old. Then, during her freshman year of high school, everything changed. Aubrielle was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. She underwent five brain surgeries, contracted meningitis – and almost died. When she recovered, her doctors told her she should never play hockey again.

Instead, Aubrielle worked hard toward gaining full mobility and getting back on the ice. She exceeded expectations and today is a goalie on the hockey team at the University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS), where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree in biology.

“I am working hard to fight the pain Chiari has brought me and I continue to get mentally and physically stronger. If it wasn’t for God’s miracles, I wouldn’t be alive today and I am thankful. Even though the pain never ends, I fight for the game I love,” she says, adding that giving up has never been an option, and that when she can no longer play she will coach. “Hockey has opened my mind to new possibilities and I am forever grateful.”

While school and hockey are central in Aubrielle’s life, she also finds time for other activities. In the summer, she volunteers for Hockey Ministries International to help coach their youth hockey players in Alaska. This past summer she was also a biology volunteer at Tetlin Wildlife Refuge. She also enjoys photography.

After everything she has experienced and overcome, Aubrielle says she has much to be grateful for, including Doyon Foundation’s support. “Doyon Foundation helped me achieve my dreams as a student athlete. Without Doyon Foundation, I wouldn’t be here,” she says. “I also would like to thank anyone who has helped me throughout the years, and my friends and family for showing me love and compassion and teaching me to never lose hope.”

Speaking from experience, Aubrielle now encourages others to have hope. “Believe in yourself and no matter what, don’t give up on your dreams,” she says.

pcg-logo-fb-profileHelp Doyon Foundation support students like Aubrielle – Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation when you fill out your 2017 PFD application!

 

Pick. Click. Give. When You Complete Your 2017 PFD Application

df-pcg-meme-for-facebookLast year, 29,543 Alaskans pledged $3.19 million in Pick. Click. Give. donations – including the 70 donors who contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation! If you’d like to support the Foundation’s work this year, please consider making a Pick. Click. Give. pledge when you complete your 2017 PFD application. The application period is open now through March 31.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Pick. Click. Givers, whose contributions support our general scholarship fund. As student Joseph Bifelt says, “With your help, anything is possible!”

Last year’s Pick. Click. Give. pledges compare favorably to 2015, when 75 Alaskans gave $5,375 to the Foundation.

With the support of donors like these, we are able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the Foundation awarded 578 scholarships totaling $684,633.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, please contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Thank You to Our 2016 Pick. Click. Give. Donors!

Amber Allen

Barbara Beatus

Aaron Brees

Alana Brown

Patricia Brown

Xavier Brown

Cullen Carlo

Kimberly Carlo

Teyah Clark

Peter Demientieff

Tiana Demientieff

Stacey Demoski

Eta-Starr Edwardsen

Ralph Elook

Mavor Englishoe

Evelyn Esmailka

Diane Evans-Sommer

Bentley Foster

Collin Foster

Laura Fox

Monica Garcia

Eric Girard

Rania Girard

Carol Greenway

Allan Hayton

Sharon Hildebrand

Dewey Hoffman

Laverne Huntington

Cole Isaacson

Cruz Isaacson

Anthony Mallott

Jamie Marunde

Fredrick Matheson

Doris Miller

Craig Mishler

Calvin Moses

Paul Mountain

Sarah Obed

Susan Paskvan

Terri Paul-Smoke

Austyn Pedebone

Sunny Pedebone

Evon Peter

Melinda Peter

Mariah Pitka – Jenkins

Sonta Roach

Erin Rose

Mary Sam

Aaron Schutt

Breanna Semaken

Geraldine Simon

Natasha Singh

Caleb Smoke

Jesse Smoke

Larissa Sommer

Leann Sommer

Dena Sommer-Pedebone

Allen Todd

Ashley Wallace

 

Alaskans have only a couple weeks left to file for their 2016 PFDs – and Pick. Click. Give. to their favorite nonprofit! The deadline to apply for the 2016 PFD is March 31.

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Support students when you Pick. Click. Give to Doyon Foundation!

As of mid-February, both PFD filings and Pick. Click. Give. donations were down slightly. Of the 560,000 Alaskans expected to apply for a PFD, only about 310,000 had so far. The total dollars donated through Pick. Click. Give. as well as the participation rate were also down slightly from last year.

Unfortunately, Doyon Foundation is seeing a similar trend. In 2015, a total of 75 Alaskans contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. As of February 1 of this year, the Foundation had received 25 pledges totaling $2,050.

Alaskans have the opportunity to support the education and success of the next generation by Pick. Click. Giving to Doyon Foundation. Established by Doyon, Limited in 1989, the Foundation is dedicated to its mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the Foundation awarded a total of 565 scholarships totaling $465,237.

As Foundation student Joseph Bifelt shared with donors at the 2015 scholarship award ceremony, “With your help, anything is possible.” Bifelt, a Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship recipient, is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

“Growing up in the village, I witnessed many teachers come and go. They did not necessarily understand our culture and who we were. I feel that I would be able to relate very well to the rural Alaskan students and have the ability to help them build brighter futures both for themselves and their community,” Bifelt said.

Alaskans who want to help make “anything possible” for students like Bifelt can Pick. Click. Give. to the Foundation when completing the 2016 PFD application. Those who have already completed the PFD application can easily add a Pick. Click. Give. donation by clicking the “add or change your Pick. Click. Give. donation” on the PFD homepage.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

 

“With your help, anything is possible,” said Joseph Bifelt to the Doyon Foundation donors during his speech at the Foundation’s 2015 scholarship award ceremony.

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Jessica Black, left, and Joe Bifelt, right, at the 2015 Doyon Foundation scholarship award ceremony

Bifelt, a Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship recipient, is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

“Growing up in the village, I witnessed many teachers come and go. They did not necessarily understand our culture and who we were. I feel that I would be able to relate very well to the rural Alaskan students and have the ability to help them build brighter futures both for themselves and their community,” Bifelt said.

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Support students when you Pick. Click. Give to Doyon Foundation!

Alaskans have the opportunity to help make “anything possible” for students like Bifelt by supporting Doyon Foundation through the Pick. Click. Give. program. The 2016 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicked off January 1, and Alaskans are encouraged to support student scholarships by donating a portion of their PFD to Doyon Foundation when completing the 2016 PFD application.

In 2015, a total of 75 Alaskans contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. With the support of donors like these, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to Alaska Native students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the Foundation awarded a total of 565 scholarships totaling $465,237.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907-459-2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Did you know it’s not too late to Pick Click Give? You can add or change a donation on the PFD homepage through August 31!

Student Elizabeth Jerue says, "Thank you for Pick Click Giving!"

Student Elizabeth Jerue says, “Thank you for Pick Click Giving!”

A big thank you to the 81 Alaskans who have already pledged a donation to Doyon Foundation through the Pick Click Give program! With your support, we’ve already raised $5,625 for our scholarship program this year! Read more about our Pick Click Give campaign in a previous blog post.

Do you think we can get to $7,000 in Pick Click Give donations this year? If you’d like to help us reach our “$7,000 Challenge,” simply add or change your Pick Click Give donation at http://pfd.alaska.gov/ by August 31!