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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 21, 2010

PGE Foundation makes $10K emergency grant to Mercy Corps’ Haiti relief

Portland, Ore. — On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — quickly approved a $10,000 emergency grant to Mercy Corps to be used for Haiti relief efforts.

The funds will go toward helping Mercy Corps meet the immediate needs of survivors — water, food, shelter, hygiene — in the aftermath of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12.

“So many Oregonians want to help the earthquake victims in Haiti, and Mercy Corps is there on the ground helping with immediate emergency efforts and long-range solutions,” said Carole Morse, president, PGE Foundation. “Along with PGE employees who are supporting Haiti relief efforts with personal donations, the PGE Foundation wanted to make an emergency grant to help this Portland-based global relief organization with their critical work.”

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.

Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries. For more information, see www.mercycorps.org.

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