Corporate Philanthropy

Giving to our communities.

NW Natural and its employees have a long history of helping local communities become better places to live, work and learn. Our company is not just a place where people work, but also a place where people come to care.

Community investment: why we give

We grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and we feel a responsibility to give back to the communities we serve. Through our philanthropy program, NW Natural seeks to empower organizations that address critical needs in our service area.

Every year, many families and individuals are healthier, happier and stronger because of support from NW Natural and its employees.

From our community partners

  • The American Red Cross Cascades Region named NW Natural "Corporate Philanthropist of the Year" for 2014 for our sponsorship of the Get Ready events, plus a new program called Get Ready Nonprofits, which will help community organizations prepare for a natural disaster.
  • INCIGHT named NW Natural its "Partner of the Year." INCIGHT's mission is to unlock the potential of people with disabilities.
  • The Rotary Club of Portland named NW Natural one of its four finalists for the Oregon Ethics in Business Award.

For the seventh time in 10 years, NW Natural customers have given the company the highest overall score in the West for customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest utilities. A large portion of this ranking is due to corporate citizenship.

What we support

While NW Natural continues to support core institutions throughout Western Oregon and Southwest Washington, a significant amount of our philanthropic giving is focused on helping kids and families at risk.

These are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. An investment in their well-being helps all of us.

What we don't support

As a general rule, NW Natural does not make philanthropic contributions to:

  • Individual schools
  • School projects that are not curriculum related
  • Umbrella agencies that represent numerous nonprofit organizations
  • Political organizations, campaigns for public office or organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
  • Religious organizations, when purely denominational or sectarian in purpose*
  • Contests, trips or tours
  • Organizations that practice discrimination*
  • Sports teams
  • Organizations outside NW Natural’s service territory
  • Capital requests

How to request a contribution

Contributions are considered throughout the year. Organizations may apply for financial or in-kind support from NW Natural. Occasionally, NW Natural will provide used office equipment and furniture to community organizations. To request a contribution, submit a proposal no more than two pages long describing the project and your organization’s activities and clients. Include:

  • A clear statement of what is being requested from NW Natural; and
  • How the contribution will be used.
  • A copy of your current w-9 tax form

We will attempt to respond to your request within 30 working days. Submit your request to:

NW Natural
Contributions Committee
220 NW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

Or Commaffairs@nwnatural.com

NW Natural respects and values diversity. Organizations seeking financial support from NW Natural are asked to verify that their programs, services and terms of employment are offered without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, regulation, or ordinance.