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April 4, 2007

Oregon Nonprofits Receive Half a Million Dollar Boost from PGE Foundation in First Quarter 2007
Grants focus on college scholarships, youth philanthropy, mentoring, homelessness, domestic violence and basic health care

Portland, Ore. — Nonprofits across the state got a boost from the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — through 45 grants totaling $527,300 in the first quarter of 2007. In its ten years, the Foundation has distributed approximately $10.5 million to Oregon nonprofits.

The PGE Foundation is committed to helping communities across Oregon grow and thrive by investing in nonprofit organizations. The Foundation funds programs in three categories: strengthening and delivering quality education, promoting healthy families and individuals, and helping to make arts and culture accessible to all Oregonians, especially children.

The Foundation made 11 grants totaling $267,500 to enhance education across the state. Two major grants continue the Foundation’s tradition of long-term commitments to leading education programs: In addition to support for high school and college education, the Foundation focused giving on mentoring programs, with awards to Other education grants included: PGE Foundation grants also support the physical and emotional health of families and individuals through strong local programs. Support services for victims of domestic violence throughout Oregon were awarded $35,000 in seven separate grants: Other grants targeted homelessness, safety net programs and help for the elderly and disabled to maintain independence, including: Three grants, totaling $20,000, went to programs to provide health care to the uninsured, including: The Foundation awarded 14 grants to arts and culture programs, totaling $120,800:
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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