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May 8, 2007

Oregon nonprofits awarded nearly $700,000 by PGE Foundation for first quarter 2008
Grants focus on education, literacy, domestic violence, health care and the arts

Portland, Ore. — Nonprofits across the state got a boost from the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — through 61 grants totaling $572,046 in the first quarter of 2008. The Foundation has distributed more than $11.5 million to Oregon nonprofits during the last 11 years.

In addition, the PGE Foundation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation contributed $100,000 to Community 101 for the 2007/2008 school year. Community 101, the PGE Foundation’s 11-year-old student grantmaking program, operates 36 programs that reach more than 1,200 youth around the state from Portland to Pendleton and from Roseburg to Tillamook.

Every year, the PGE Foundation focuses on supporting Oregon nonprofits 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. This quarter, grants focused on college scholarships, literacy, domestic violence, health care and arts education.

The Foundation made 15 grants totaling $209,500 to enhance education across the state. A major grant of $100,000 to the Oregon Independent College Foundation continues a tradition of long-term commitments to leading education programs. The grant will fund 40 PGE Foundation scholarships for students attending Concordia, George Fox, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Marylhurst, Pacific, Reed, University of Portland, Warner Pacific and Willamette. This is the 55th year PGE has made a contribution to OICF.

In addition to this award, other education grants over $2,500 include: PGE Foundation awarded 35 grants totaling $261,046 to support the physical and emotional health of families and individuals in Oregon. Grants targeted domestic violence, health care, food assistance, support for the elderly and for Latinos. Grants of $5,000 and over include: The Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $101,500 for arts and culture programs. This quarter, grant money will be used to support arts education, accessibility and outreach. Arts grants over $2,500 include: Grants of $2,500 or less were awarded to:

Children’s Course (Gladstone)
Hillsboro Community Arts
Insights Teen Parent Program (Portland)
Neighbors for Kids (Depoe Bay)
Phoenix School (Roseburg)
Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Center (Gladstone)
Tillamook Bay Child Care Center (Tillamook)

PHAME Academy of Fine Arts (Portland)

Bus Project Foundation (Portland)

Up to $1,000
Luckiamute Watershed Council (Monmouth)
SPOKES Unlimited (Klamath Falls)

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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