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April 26, 2010

PGE Foundation emphasizes education in its grant making the first quarter of 2010
Nonprofits receive 49 grants totaling more than half a million dollars

Portland, Ore. — In the first quarter of 2010, the PGE Foundation gave top priority to providing educational opportunities to students with two grants to public universities — Portland State and Oregon State — and a large award to the Community 101 student grant-making program.

The PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded a $50,000 two-year grant to PSU to create the PGE Foundation Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, a $25,000 grant to OSU for five OSU College of Engineering scholarships and $124,385 to Community 101, the PGE Foundation/Oregon Community Foundation student grant-making program.

Forty-nine grants totaling $560,385 were awarded from the PGE Foundation to nonprofits across the state to fund 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.

“The PGE Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting and partnering with Oregon’s educational institutions to develop the state’s workforce of the future,” said Gwyneth Gamble Booth, chair of the PGE Foundation.

The foundation made 12 grants totaling $271,385 to support education in Oregon, 24 grants totaling $178,500 to provide safety net services for Oregon families, and 13 grants totaling $110,500 for arts education programs. Education grant awards support literacy, after-school and special school programs, early childhood development, mentoring, community service and higher education:
Of the 24 grants in the Healthy Families category, nine address domestic violence; four help the homeless; and others provide criminal justice support; mental and physical healthcare; services for seniors, the disabled, and at-risk youth; and general social services:
The Foundation awarded 13 grants for arts and culture programs focused on education for youth, the homeless, low-income and those with disabilities:
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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