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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2011

PGE Foundation awards 23 grants totaling $245,000 in its June 2011 meeting.

In its June 2011 board meeting, the PGE Foundation Board of Directors awarded $245,000 to 23 Oregon nonprofits. The largest grant — $50,000 — went to Oregon Independent Colleges Foundation $25,000 for ten scholarships at OICF’s ten member colleges, and $25,000 for the Matched Education Savings Account College Initiative (MESA), which matches the savings of low-income students enrolling in OICF colleges. This is the 58th year that Portland General Electric or the PGE Foundation has funded OICF.

The PGE Foundation also awarded a $35,000 grant, payable over two years, to NeighborImpact in Redmond. The funds will be used to support its Head Start and child care programs with tools and direct services, engaging older adults with young children to improve their school readiness. The NeighborImpact program is part of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Boomers and Babies initiative, a collaboration with local business and nonprofit partners, early childhood care providers and education organizations, to engage boomer-age adults in volunteerism with young children. The PGE Foundation’s grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

In addition to OICF, other Education grants focused on arts education, after-school programs and services for at-risk students.

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In addition to NeighborImpact, other Healthy Families grants focused on four domestic violence programs, physical and mental health care and homelessness.

These are:
In addition to the five arts education awards listed under Education, the PGE Foundation awarded $10,000 to Profile Theatre Project to co-produce its 15th Anniversary season, which will include one play from its 14 past featured playwrights.

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