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April 4, 2012

PGE Foundation awards more than $400K in grants in first quarter 2012
Top priority given to education and academic support programs

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the first quarter of 2012, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 46 grants totaling $421,633 to nonprofits across the state to fund programs in areas of education, health and wellness, and arts education.

The foundation gave top priority to addressing education and academic support, awarding almost $238,133 to programs focused on high school and post-secondary technical training programs with visible paths to jobs, academic support for low-income youth and their families, and arts education.

“In 2012 the foundation will continue to focus on supporting an educational delivery system that goes from cradle to career with our emphasis this year on middle, high school and college students,” said Carole Morse, foundation president. “We also will continue to help those who need extra help to be successful in life by supporting transition programs, alternative school programs, and Oregonians in need of basic services.”

The PGE Foundation awarded an $85,133 grant this quarter to Community 101, the joint PGE Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation classroom-based program in 68 Oregon high schools. Community 101 provides students opportunities to be involved in their communities through grant-making and volunteering. The PGE Foundation’s grant to Community 101 includes PGE employee donations which the company matched.

In addition, education grants were awarded to: Arts education grants were awarded to:
Healthy Families grants focused on programs aimed at combatting domestic violence, hunger and homelessness, as well as programs for seniors, people with disabilities, and high-potential, low-opportunity 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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