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Aug. 1, 2008

PGE Foundation awards $274,000 in grants to Oregon nonprofits for second quarter 2008
Grants focus on child and youth programs, newly launched nonprofits, education and the arts

August 1, 2008, Portland, Ore. — For over 11 years, nonprofits around the state have received support for their programs and the people they serve through grants from the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation. During the second quarter of 2008, 30 grants were awarded totaling $274,000. The Foundation has donated nearly $1 million so far this year to nonprofits throughout Oregon.

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.

Last quarter, a majority of the grants focused on programs serving children and youth, including two grants that will help launch new programs. The Regional Arts & Culture Council received $25,000 to initiate Arts Partners, a collaborative project that will bring arts education to every K-8 public school student in the Portland Metropolitan area. The Dougy Center in Portland received $25,000 to initiate the Teen Sib Group for grieving teens.

To support systemic change in child welfare and early childhood programs, the Foundation awarded $30,000 to two organizations whose focus is on policy issues: Support also was given to programs supporting the mental and physical health of young people. A total of $42,500 was donated to the following seven organizations: Two grants totaling $30,000 went to support services that help clients stay in their homes:
Six organizations that support seniors, the disabled and health care issues were given $29,000 in funding: The Foundation made eight grants totaling $40,000 to enhance education across the state: To support arts and culture in Oregon, the Foundation gave $52,500 in grants to three organizations. This included a third year of giving to the Portland Opera with a grant of $25,000 to help fund the Portland Opera Studio Artists program for up and coming opera singers.
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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