A global pandemic. Unprecedented wildfires here in Oregon. And a clear calling to address racial inequity in our communities. Difficult challenges to say the least and ones we are still facing today.
As we look forward, there’s been much to learn from 2020. It has reinforced the importance of collaboration, how we work together to be flexible and responsive, and how we rise up together to help our neighbors during these difficult times.
Our community partners spent the year on the front lines, tirelessly addressing hunger, homelessness, racial inequity and economic insecurity through an uncertain time. For our part, the PGE Foundation gave nearly $1.7 million this past year alone — 50% more than the previous year! We’ve been part of amazing stories that capture the human spirit and a passion for giving.
Our community partners spent the year on the front lines, tirelessly addressing hunger, homelessness, racial inequity and economic insecurity through an uncertain time. The PGE Foundation gave nearly $1.7 million this past year alone — 50% more than the previous year!
The PGE Foundation walked alongside our longtime community partners and found new ways to serve Indigenous and immigrant communities by providing additional funds to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund (OWRF).
This past year, World Stage Theatre (WST) moved all their programs online, creating virtual experiences to inform, educate and entertain their audiences. Through funding support from the PGE Foundation, they were able to increase students’ understanding of African American history as well as theater, language arts and history in general.
Outgrowing Hunger serves 450 immigrant and refugee families, helping them preserve their cultural identity of passing a healthy, whole food based, traditional diet and active lifestyle to their children. The PGE Foundation gave focused grants to support them and others in their pandemic response, as they help families overcome barriers and improve their quality of life.
Free Geek organized TechNOW, a statewide campaign to collect unwanted personal laptops, tablets and cellphones. Once refurbished, they provided them to students across the state to help bridge this digital divide.
Our grants are separate from the corporate contributions of Portland General Electric. In addition to awarding project and program grants, we also award grants for operating expenses and new and existing capital construction projects for organizations whose mission, vision and values align with our funding opportunities.