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May 16, 2011

PGE Foundation awards almost $600K in grants in first quarter 2011
Top priority given to youth educational programs addressing academic and social needs

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the first quarter of 2011 the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 62 grants totaling $569,366 to nonprofits across the state to fund programs in areas of education, health and wellness, and the arts.

The foundation gave top priority to addressing the academic and social needs of youth awarding almost $330,000 to programs focused on early childhood programs, mentoring, after-school, arts education, targeted social service interventions and college scholarships.

“Planning for the next generation of skilled workers is critical,” said Gwyneth Gamble Booth, foundation chair. “That’s why in 2011 we are embracing the cradle-to-career concept, an approach that looks at education as a continuum from birth to employment.”

Significant education-focused grants included: $87,366 to Community 101, the joint PGE Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation classroom-based program that provides students opportunities to be involved in their communities through grant-making and volunteering; a second-year $25,000 grant to Oregon State University for OSU College of Engineering scholarships; and $108,000 to arts programs focusing on youth education and outreach.

The PGE Foundation also awarded a $50,000 grant to Columbia River Community Health Services to support a new community health Center serving Boardman and Northern Morrow County. In addition, education grants were awarded to.
In addition to the grant awarded to Columbia River Community Health Services, healthy families grants focused on programs supporting successful youth development including domestic violence, hunger and housing assistance, physical and mental health care, as well as initiatives aimed at foster children, seniors and people with disabilities, including:
In addition to arts educations grants focused on youth, grant awards focused on performances made available to the community 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 $14 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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