PGE Foundation grants more than $427,000 in first quarter 2015
Nearly $250,000 awarded to serve STEM and workforce development
March 12, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. — The PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — awarded 33 grants totaling $427,285 in the first quarter of 2015 to nonprofits across Oregon in areas of education and arts, cultural diversity, and promoting access to basic needs and services for families. Almost $250,000 was awarded to workforce development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and arts education programs to create opportunities for students to have hands-on, applied learning experiences. Impact NW received a $25,000 grant to provide students with job and career readiness skills and connect secondary students to meaningful, family wage employment. Please visit PGEFoundation.org to see the full list of grant recipients.
“Impact NW deeply appreciates the investment of PGE in the future of living wage jobs being made available to today’s young adults through these programs,” said Susan Stoltenberg, executive director, Impact NW. “Long a partner in our prosperity work, we’re delighted to have PGE come alongside us bringing more equitable access to employment in manufacturing careers today and tomorrow.”
The foundation grants include six awards totaling more than $25,000 each. Along with Impact NW, the Urban League of Portland received a grant to build workforce programs, as well as the Oregon Business Council for STEM education support.
“In 2015 the foundation will continue to provide focused, more impactful grants to our valued community partners with an emphasis in education and arts education and investments in STEM and workforce programs because we see these as critical pathways to high-demand, rewarding, living-wage jobs and as preparation for college,” said Kregg Arntson, executive director of PGE Foundation. “We will also look for opportunities to support hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence prevention programs.”
Grants are awarded to local nonprofits located in areas where PGE has customers or power generating plants. The PGE Foundation’s grant making is organized around three themes — education, safe and healthy families, and arts and culture. Education grants are focused on engaging students through youth development and mentoring programs and helping to promote clear pathways to post-secondary education and careers along the cradle-to-career spectrum. Safe and healthy family grants help support programs and organizations that promote and provide access to basic needs and services. Arts education grants create a sense of place, challenge assumptions and change the way we view the world as well as promote community engagement.
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About the PGE Foundation
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 $18 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, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 885,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 2,900 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.
Source: Portland General Electric Company
For more information contact: Nicole Mertens, PGE, 503-464-8717, Nicole.Mertens@pgn.com
For more information contact: Rachel DeRosia, PGE, 503-464-8599, Rachel.DeRosia@pgn.com