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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2014

PGE Foundation awards nearly $400,000 in grants first quarter 2014
Top priority continues to be on education

PORTLAND, Ore. — The PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — ended first quarter grantmaking with nearly $400,000 in awards to nonprofits that focus on education, arts and culture, and safe and healthy families. Forty-five organizations in the tri-county Portland region, central and eastern Oregon and Salem received $396,815 in grant awards.

The Foundation’s largest grant of $81,215 was awarded to Oregon Community Foundation for the Community 101 student leadership and grantmaking program. The program was created by the PGE Foundation and is now administered by the Oregon Community Foundation.

In 2014, the PGE Foundation continues its focus on education in the areas of workforce development; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM); mentoring; and school enrichment programs that help close the achievement gap.

“Today’s students are the workforce of the future. To get our students job-ready, we need to help chart a course for their success through an increasingly complex world,” said Carole Morse, president, PGE Foundation, “Opportunity abounds when students are properly prepared through career technical and STEM/STEAM education.”

First quarter 2014 Education grants were awarded to: First quarter 2014 Safe and Healthy Families grants were awarded to:

In addition, PGE Foundation directors awarded 12 small grants to area non-profits.

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 $17 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair and Carole Morse is president.
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