PGE Foundation aids Oregonians impacted by wildfires; Reaches record giving of nearly $1.7 million in 2020
Foundation grants $75,000 for wildfire recovery, $180,000 for COVID-19 relief, and $227,500 to support families

Sept. 29, 2020

Portland, OR –Today, the PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation for Portland General Electric, announced its 2020 giving of more than $1.68 million, a 50 percent increase from 2019, in response to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires on Oregon communities.

The PGE Foundation committed $75,000 to wildfire relief and recovery efforts, $180,000 to help sustain community-based organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic, and $227,500 to support safe and stable families. The PGE Foundation is dedicated to helping families overcome barriers and improve their quality of life and recognizes many families have been hard hit by the pandemic and recent wildfires, especially those who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.

“Many Oregon families are facing the dueling economic and social challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires,” said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation. “Through this difficult time, the PGE Foundation is walking alongside our longtime community partners as they assist families in need of access to housing, food, mental health services and other critical support.”

To support wildfire relief and recovery efforts, the PGE Foundation is awarding a total of $75,000 to:

  • Red Cross Cascades Region – $15,000

  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Wildfire Relief Fund – $15,000

  • United Way of Columbia-Willamette Wildfire Response and Recovery Fund – $20,000

  • The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs – $15,000

  • Oregon Food Bank – $10,000

Earlier this year, the PGE Foundation joined other foundations by signing the Council on Foundation’s pledge to act with urgency in supporting our nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19. In response, the PGE Foundation advanced more than $500,000 from its endowment for additional grantmaking and encouraged grant recipients to use the funds for unrestricted general operating purposes.

In addition to $325,000 in grants made earlier this year to the Oregon Food Bank, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, Marion Polk Food Share and the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, the PGE Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund is awarding $180,000 to the following organizations:

  • Chemeketa Community College Student Relief Fund

  • Portland Community College Student Relief Fund

  • Mt. Hood Community College Student Relief Fund

  • Clackamas Community College Student Relief Fund

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties

  • Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program

  • Free Geek

  • Museum at Warm Springs

  • The Red Door Project

  • Yamhill Enrichment Society

  • Columbia County Child Abuse Program

  • Lines for Life

  • Latino Network

  • Friends of the Children - Central Oregon

  • Oregon Humanities

  • Heart of Oregon Corps

  • White Bird Dance Company

  • Oregon East Symphony

  • Youth Music Project

  • Artists Rep

  • Broadway Rose Theatre

  • Bag & Baggage

  • Ethos

  • Sisters Folk Festival

  • Cascade School of Music

  • Write Around Portland

  • IRCO

  • Volunteers of America Oregon

  • Proud Ground

  • Reach Community Development

  • Transition Projects

A total of $227,500 in grants will be awarded to the following organizations to help families overcome barriers and improve their quality of life:

  • Adelante Mujeres


  • Black Parent Initiative

  • Bradley Angle

  • Camp Fire Columbia

  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

  • Central City Concern

  • Friends of Zenger Farm

  • Growing Gardens

  • Human Solutions

  • JOIN

  • Metropolitan Family Service

  • MountainStar Family Relief Nursery

  • Neighborhood House, Inc.

  • Northwest Housing Alternatives

  • Outgrowing Hunger

  • Salem Harvest

  • Trillium Family Services, Inc.

  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation & Health Center

  • William Temple House

About the PGE Foundation The PGE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Portland General Electric. Founded in 1997, the foundation was created through an endowment with the expressed purpose of improving the quality of life for Oregonians. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $25 million to community organizations across the state. We champion values that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. Working together with community members, partners and friends, we are committed to using our time and resources to help eliminate disparities and create an equitable society where all people can reach their full potential. To learn more, please visit

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Lattanner, PGE