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We strive to enrich quality of life for Oregonians while helping resolve many of the immediate needs of the people and communities across our state.
The PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation is the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric. It was founded in 1997 with an endowment designed to last in perpetuity to improve the quality of life for Oregonians.

Since its inception, The PGE Foundation has granted awards totaling more than $18 million across the state. We award grants to organizations that support what we consider pillars of a vibrant society — education, arts and culture and healthy families.

Community 101
The Foundation is best known for its award-winning student grantmaking program, Community 101. With the generous support of Portland General Electric employees, numerous foundations, businesses, individual donors, schools and nonprofits, Community 101 introduces young people to issues in Oregon’s communities and shows them how to take responsibility for being part of the solution.

Since the PGE Foundation created this program in 1997 as a way to leverage philanthropic outreach, Community 101 has impacted over 8,300 high school students across the state who have awarded more than $1.88 million to Oregon nonprofits and schools.

In 2011, the PGE Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation entered into a second three year Memorandum of Understanding to expand Community 101 to approximately 100 schools by the 2013 – 2014 school year. The first three years of the Memo of Understanding were very successful — growing the program from 57 to 75 schools participating in the program. The Oregon Community Foundation continues to administer the Community 101 program, while the PGE Foundation remains the largest provider of grantmaking funds to Community 101 students.

Historical Highlights
2014: Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter

2011: Ranked No. 1 among business donors to Portland area arts and culture organizations, over the last ten years

2010: Business Committee for the Arts — Named to the BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

2008: Portland Business Journal — Innovation in Philanthropy award for Community 101 partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation

2006: Ten Year Anniversary, surpassed $10 million in grant awards and ranked No. 4 in corporate foundation philanthropy in Oregon

2003: Employee Giving Campaign of Portland General Electric included the PGE Foundation as recipient of employee contributions and corporate matching funds

2002: Association of Fundraising Professional’s Youth in Philanthropy award

1997: Foundation founded with an endowment of $25 million; Community 101 program is launched

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Our Board Members and Officers
The PGE Foundation’s board of directors is comprised of current and former officers, staff and directors of Portland General Electric. Board members meet quarterly to review grant applications and participate in annual planning meetings to assess emerging community needs and refine the Foundation’s strategic direction.

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Kimberly Howard
Program Officer
Email: kimberly.howard@pgn.com
Tel: 503-464-7349
Fax: 503-464-2929

Yashica Palshikar
Grants Administrator
Email: pgefoundation@pgn.com
Tel: 503-464-8818
Fax: 503-464-2929

Mailing Address
PGE Foundation
One World Trade Center, 3rd Floor
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204