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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2008

PGE Foundation grants over $900,000 to 100 Oregon nonprofits in 2007
Grants mark 10 years of support for healthy families, education and arts and culture

Portland, Ore. — In its 10th year of giving, PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, distributed a total $913,069 in grants to 100 nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon in 2007. This included $17,142 provided by PGE employees and retirees through the company’s Employee Giving Campaign. Over the last decade, the Foundation has contributed more than $11 million to Oregon nonprofit organizations.

“The PGE Foundation takes great pride in its 10-year 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. “It has been a privilege to witness the achievements and successes of both larger, well-known organizations and smaller, essential programs.”

In addition to this award, the PGE Foundation focused attention on the key areas of: strengthening and delivering quality education; promoting healthy families and individuals; and helping to make arts and culture accessible to all Oregonians, especially children. With this round of grants, the Foundation focused particularly on education and assisting a variety of organizations in southern and central Oregon communities.

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 healthy families, education and arts and culture.

To improve education, 20 organizations received grants totaling $353,269. Two of the largest grants of $108,769 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, homeless children and ethnic populations, and providing support for early childhood development, youth mentoring and environmental education programs.

In contributing to programs to promote healthy families, 44 organizations received a total of $279,000 to help create better lives for families and individuals. Grants focused on services for victims of domestic violence as well as programs for the homeless, elderly and uninsured. In 2007, major grants provided funding for the expansion of emergency housing for homeless families in Gresham and a new family community center in Salem.

In celebrating arts and culture, 35 grant recipients received a total of $280,800. Grant money helped strengthen arts programs in communities around Oregon, develop new public facilities for four arts organizations and fund arts education programs, including a traveling exhibit on contemporary Native American cultures for Oregon’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Education
Grants of $20,000 or more were distributed to the following education programs: Grants of $2,500 to $10,000 were distributed to the following organizations for education programs:

Statewide:
Portland area: Eastern Oregon: Healthy families
Grants of $20,000 or more were distributed to the following programs to encourage healthy families: Grants of $2,000 to $10,000 were distributed to the following organizations for programs benefiting healthy families:

Portland area: Willamette Valley: Oregon coast: Central Oregon: Eastern Oregon: Southern Oregon: Arts and culture
Grants of $20,000 or more were distributed to the following arts and culture programs: Grants of $1,000 to $10,000 were distributed to the following organizations for arts and culture programs:

Statewide: Portland area: Willamette Valley: Oregon Community Foundation - Tom McCall Memorial Committee (Salem) — $1,000

Eastern Oregon: Central Oregon: Southern Oregon: Rogue Valley Symphony (Ashland) — $5,000

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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