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 almost $20 million across the state. We award grants to organizations that support what we consider pillars of a vibrant society — education, arts and culture, and safe & stable families.
The PGE Foundation is proud to be the originator of the 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 9,000 high school students across the state who have awarded more than $2.1 million to Oregon nonprofits and schools.
In 2011, The Oregon Community Foundation became the administrator of the Community 101 program. The PGE Foundation remains the largest provider of grantmaking funds to Community 101 students.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.