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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 18, 2011

PGE Foundation awards 47 grants totaling almost $500K
Grants focused on education reform, scholarships, arts education and healthy families

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the second and third quarters of 2011, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric ’s corporate foundation — awarded 47 grants totaling $474,000 to Oregon nonprofits. This concludes the year’s grantmaking bringing the total amount awarded by the foundation in 2011 to $1.04 million.

From April through September 2011, the foundation emphasized education and the support systems that ensure children are able to learn by awarding more than $276,500 to programs focused on arts education, educational advocacy, after-school, at-risk students, and college scholarships. The largest grants awarded:
“The PGE Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting education in Oregon because planning for the next generation of skilled workers is critical,” said Gwyneth Gamble Booth, chair of the PGE Foundation.

Education grants awarded focus on arts education, after-school programs and services for at-risk students (in addition to Portland Schools Foundation and Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities), including:
In addition to the arts education awards listed above, 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. Healthy families grants focused on child abuse and domestic violence programs, physical and mental health care and homelessness (in addition to The Dougy Center and NeighborImpact) including:
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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