PGE Foundation elevates hands-on, career-connected learning through 2024 Education grants

May 01, 2024

Portland, Ore. – With a steadfast commitment to hands-on, applied learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as career technical education (CTE) and the trades, the PGE Foundation continues to champion initiatives aimed at empowering Oregonians for success in the modern workforce. The Foundation is pleased to announce awards totaling more than $454,000 to 29 local nonprofit organizations who help young people find paths to personal and professional fulfillment.

Our partners are investing in innovative educational programs that support youth from historically marginalized and underserved communities, like those implemented by Camp ELSO, Elevate Oregon, Girls Build and Warm Springs Boys and Girls Club. By supporting organizations like these, the PGE Foundation aims to equip students with the inspiration, skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in dynamic industries and contribute meaningfully to their communities.

Further, by investing in organizations that support transformation of educational systems, such as Oregon STEM and the Oregon Community Foundation Black Student Success initiative, the Foundation hopes to contribute to greater statewide capacity for student-centered, equitable learning.

"At the heart of our mission lies a deeply held belief in the transformative power of education," stated Kregg Arntson, Executive Director of the PGE Foundation. "Through these grants, we are proud to support organizations that not only cultivate curiosity, skill-building, and confidence for students, but also nurture the talent and ingenuity of Oregon's future workforce."

Please see the complete list of PGE Foundation 2024 Education grant recipients.

All PGE Foundation awards are distributed from the Foundation’s endowment and do not impact PGE customer prices.

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 $28 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