Local Schools and Higher Education Institutions Receive Nearly $52,000 in Grants from NW Natural

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June 16, 2015


Local Schools and Higher Education Institutions Receive Nearly $52,000 in Grants from NW Natural

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is giving $51,750 to support students and education this year. Grants are being awarded to five leading nonprofit associations working to improve our region’s education system.

“We recognize the challenges that many local schools and universities are up against when it comes to providing students the best education possible,” said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. “Our goal is that these grants will help make a difference in the lives of many students.”

From pre-K to higher education, the five local organizations receiving grants from NW Natural shareholders this year include:

  • $15,750 Grant Recipient: Portland State University Foundation
    Supporting Portland State University’s mission to be a leading public urban university, the PSU Foundation contributes to priorities such as student scholarships, the School of Business Administration and renovations of Viking Pavilion and Academic Center.
  • $11,000 Grant Recipient: Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities
    The Oregon Alliance of Independent College & Universities serves regionally accredited, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Oregon through programs such as scholarships for first generation students attending college.
  • $10,000 Grant Recipient: Portland Community College (PCC) Foundation
    With a vision of providing all students in the region with an excellent education regardless of their ability to pay, the PCC Foundation helps support student scholarships and educational programs at PCC.
  • $7,500 Grant Recipient: Schoolhouse Supplies
    Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.
  • $7,500 Grant Recipient: Stand for Children
    Through college scholarship programs and other initiatives, Stand for Children mobilizes the community around a common goal of creating vibrant Oregon schools that are great places in which to teach and learn.

These education grants, part of NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund, represent a total of $1 million in donations that shareholders donate to community causes each year. Other donations are made to nonprofit associations that support the environment, community, health and youth services, as well as arts and culture.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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