May 1, 2014
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:
- Adelante Mujeres (Forest Grove): $7,500 to support skills training and education for immigrant Latinas.
- Bienestar (Hillsboro): $7,500 to help low-income, Latino teens to access postsecondary education.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest: $10,000 to support a high school dropout prevention initiative that provides mentoring to at-risk African American, Latino, and Native American middle and high school boys.
- Camp Fire USA Columbia Council: $15,000 to provide in-school mentoring, experiential learning, and college/career readiness activities to youth at David Douglas School District.
- Elevate Oregon: $5,000 to support the Ninth Grade Counts program at Parkrose Middle School.
- Impact Northwest: $25,000 for Pathways to Manufacturing, a job-readiness training program for at-risk high school students interested in pursuing careers in the manufacturing industry.
- Open Meadow Alternative Schools: $5,000 to support students who are at high risk of dropping out of school.
- Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute: $15,000 to support Oregon Learns aimed at increasing student success and postsecondary attainment in collaboration with the Oregon STEM Employer Coalition.
- Portland Youthbuilders: $5,000 to support the Construction Training Program, which provides at-risk young people the opportunity to develop job skills, stay drug free and attain their GED or high school diploma.
- Self Enhancement, Inc.: $10,000 to support expansion of out-of-school programming to provide academic competencies for students that increase proficiency in STEM activities.
- ArtsEast (LaGrande): $3,600 to provide week-long arts education opportunities at a reduced rate for schools in Morrow and Gilliam Counties.
- Imago Theatre: $5,000 for arts education outreach to children and families.
- Japanese Garden Society of Oregon: $5,000 to support a free admission day in November 2014.
- Literary Arts: $10,000 to support the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund, which will provide permanent funding for the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program.
- Northwest Photography Archive: $7,000 to support the second volume in the Northwest Photography Series, "Enduring Spirit: Photographs of Northwest Native Americans."
- Oregon Ballet Theatre: $10,000 to support the Student Performance Series, which brings ballet to life for K-12 students/teachers.
- Oregon Symphony Association: $10,000 to bring live orchestral music to more than 20,000 students annually.
- Portland Center Stage: $15,000 to support arts learning programs for youth ages 11-18, with a particular emphasis on at-risk youth.
- Regional Arts & Culture Council: $25,000 to support expansion of the Right Brain Initiative’s STEM to STEAM Initiative into 15 new schools throughout the tri-county region.
- Youth Music Project: $7,500 to support after-school music program in Clackamas County.
- Central City Concern: $5,000 to support a volunteer program which provides individuals with histories of homelessness, addictions, and mental health disorders work skills that will enhance their future employment experience.
- Clackamas Women’s Services: $7,500 to support the Safe Place Family Justice Center, which provides support for victims of domestic violence.
- Dental Foundation of Oregon: $10,000 for the Tooth Taxi, which delivers free dental care and classroom oral health education to low-income and uninsured children.
- Growing Gardens: $7,500 to support hunger prevention programs.
- Lift Urban Portland: $8,000 to help reduce food insecurity in NW and Downtown Portland.
- Northwest Pilot Project: $7,500 to provide eviction prevention services to seniors.
- Open Door Counseling Center (Hillsboro): $5,000 for homeless supportive services and a homeless day drop-in center.
- Our House of Portland: $7,500 to support health and housing services for people with HIV/AIDS.
- Salvation Army (Portland): $5,000 for the West Women’s and Children’s Shelter, which provides housing, advocacy and support services to women and their children fleeing from domestic violence.
- Salvation Army (Salem): $10,000 to provide financial stability, shelter, food, and basic needs to those in living in Marion and Polk counties.
- Sisters of the Road: $10,000 for the Hot Meals/Barter program, which provides hot, nutritious meals to people experiencing homelessness.
- Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation: $7,000 to support the School Based Health Center program in Washington County, which brings affordable medical, mental health and dental care to children at school.
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.