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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2009

PGE Foundation gives basic needs and education top priority in grant funding for first quarter 2009
Nonprofits receive 45 grants totaling nearly $500,000

April 30, 2009, Portland, Ore. — The PGE Foundation gave top priority to basic needs — food, shelter and healthcare — while continuing its longstanding support of arts and education programs in the first quarter of 2009. The PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 45 grants totaling $477,475 to nonprofits across the state.

The PGE 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. Over the past 12 years, the PGE Foundation has distributed more than $12.4 million to Oregon nonprofits.

“While we focus a large percentage of our funding on basic needs and education during tough economic times, the foundation continues to place a high value on supporting arts and culture, especially important in times of distress,” said Gwyneth Gamble Booth, chair of the PGE Foundation.

The foundation made 23 grants totaling $168,975 to support the physical and emotional health of Oregon families and individuals; 11 grants totaling $222,500 to enhance education across the state; and 11 grants totaling $86,000 for arts and culture programs.

Of the 23 grants for basic needs, eight of them target domestic violence, five help with homelessness and five address hunger:
Education grants include: The Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $86,000 for arts and culture programs, with a focus on arts education. Grants include:
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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