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December 4, 2013

PGE Foundation awards 36 grants totaling over $276K in Q3
Top priorities include education, fostering safe and healthy families

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the third quarter of 2013, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 36 grants totaling $276,050 to Oregon nonprofits. This brings the total awarded to fund programs that benefit education, safe and healthy families, and arts and culture to $963,682 in 2013.

The foundation gave top priority to education and academic support, awarding $129,050 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 grant awarded this quarter, $50,000 awarded over two years, went to All Hands Raised for their Cradle to Career Initiative.

The PGE Foundation awarded 17 safe and healthy families grants this quarter 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. Notable grants in this category include $20,000 to Project Access NOW for its Rockwood Pathways Youth Violence Prevention and Community Health Project, as well as $10,000 each to the Clackamas Service Center and Human Solutions for programs that support homeless and low-income families. Arts education grants were awarded to: Additional education grants were awarded to: Additional 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 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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