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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2007

PGE Foundation grants almost $900,000 to 96 Oregon nonprofits in 2006
Grants help promote healthy families, education and arts and culture

Portland, Ore. — Feb. 1, 2007 — The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, distributed a total $883,473 in grants during 2006 to 96 nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon, surpassing the amount contributed in 2005. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1997, it has contributed more than $10 million to Oregon nonprofit organizations.

“The PGE Foundation takes great pride in its commitment to Oregon’s diversity of nonprofit programs that are integral to our communities and the lives of all Oregonians,” said Gwyneth Gamble Booth, Foundation chair. “During the past 10 years, it has been a privilege to witness the achievements and successes of both larger, well-known organizations and smaller, essential programs.”

The PGE Foundation’s role in helping nonprofit organizations grow and thrive reaches communities throughout Oregon including the Portland metropolitan area, Oregon coast, Willamette Valley and central, eastern and southern Oregon. The PGE Foundation makes immediate and long-term investments in programs that support the following primary areas of Oregon life: healthy families, education and arts and culture.

In contributing to programs to promote healthy families, 50 organizations received a total of $360,900 to help create better lives for families and individuals. Grants focused on the homeless, substance abuse rehabilitation and services for grieving children. In 2006, major grants provided funding for a new family community center in Salem, a youth development center in Hillsboro and a home for those with HIV/AIDS in southeast Portland.

To improve education, 22 organizations received grants totaling $338,573. Two of the largest grants of $112,573 and $100,000 were given to Community 101SM (to provide tools for high school students to learn about philanthropy) and Oregon Independent College Foundation (to fund 39 college scholarships), respectively. Other education grants supported services aimed at educating at-risk youth, disabled children and ethnic populations and providing support for early childhood development, youth mentoring and environmental education programs.

In celebrating arts and culture, 24 grant recipients received a total of $184,000, which helped two arts organizations with major building projects and brought the arts to rural communities and at-risk youth.

Healthy families
Grants of $10,000 or more were distributed to the following programs to encourage healthy families:

Grants of $500 to $9,999 were distributed to the following organizations for programs benefiting healthy families: Education
Grants of $10,000 or more were distributed to the following education programs: Grants of $500 to $9,999 were distributed to the following organizations for education programs: Arts and culture
Grants of $10,000 or more were distributed to the following arts and culture programs: Grants of $500 to $9,999 were distributed to the following organizations for arts and culture programs:
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $12.4 million to help improve the quality of life for all Oregonians by supporting statewide programs and services that encourage healthy families, provide educational opportunities and encourage the arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair and Carole Morse is president.
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