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March 15, 2013

PGE Foundation awards almost $450K in grants in first quarter 2013
$83,132 awarded to Community 101; $50,000 to LifeWorks NW

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the first quarter of 2013, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 35 grants totaling $441,632 to nonprofits across the state to fund programs in areas of education, safety and health, and arts education.

The foundation gave top priority to education and academic support, awarding $270,132 to programs focused on on-time, high school completion, college and career readiness, post-secondary scholarships, academic support for low-income youth and their families, and arts education.

The largest education grant was awarded to Community 101 for $83,132 , the joint PGE Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation student leadership program. Community 101, now in 62 Oregon schools, provides classroom-based, hands-on lessons in civic engagement. The PGE Foundation’s grant to Community 101 includes PGE employee donations matched by the company at 50 percent.

In addition to the Community 101, education grants were awarded to: Arts education grants supported arts programming in schools and arts access in underserved areas: Safe and Healthy Families grants focused on basic needs such as hunger, homelessness and health care, as well as domestic violence prevention and addiction services. The largest safe and healthy families grant was awarded to LifeWorks NW for $50,000 for a new facility to co-locate a residential drug and alcohol treatment center alongside permanent, affordable, drug and alcohol-free family housing. In addition, Pathfinders of Oregon received a $10,000 grant to provide basic needs services for families of children in the Rockwood neighborhood.

Grants combating hunger include: Grant providing housing: Grants providing health care access include: Grants helping prevent domestic violence 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 $16 million to help improve the quality of life for all Oregonians by supporting statewide programs and services that encourage safe and 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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