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June 24, 2013

PGE Foundation awards almost $265K in second quarter 2013
Top priority given to education; new giving focus on prevention for safe and healthy families grants

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the second quarter of 2013, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 34 grants totaling $263,500 to nonprofits across the state to fund programs in the areas of education, safe and healthy families, and arts and culture. This brings the total awarded in 2013 to $705,132.

The foundation gave top priority to education and academic support, awarding $125,000 to programs that impact on-time high school completion, college and career readiness, post-secondary scholarships, academic support for at-risk youth and their families, and arts education. The largest education grants awarded were for scholarships: $35,000 to the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities and $15,000 to Oregon State University.

The PGE Foundation’s safe and healthy families grants focused on basic needs such as hunger, homelessness and health care, and programs that combat joblessness. In 2013, the foundation is prioritizing prevention programs and projects that deliver measurable outcomes. So far this year, $123,500 has been awarded to programs that prevent hunger, homelessness, domestic violence and more. In addition to 10 scholarships to schools within the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities, and Oregon State University engineering scholarships, education grants were awarded to: Arts education grants were awarded to: Safe and Healthy Families grants were awarded to:
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 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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