NW Natural Employees Give like Stars Through Annual Spirit of Giving Campaign

Media Contact: Melissa Moore, NW Natural melissa.moore@nwnatural.com, 503-818-9845 (pager)


January 14, 2016


NW Natural Employees Give like Stars Through Annual Spirit of Giving Campaign

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural’s (NYSE:NWN) employee-driven 2015 Spirit of Giving campaign, themed Give like a Star, raised more than $294,000 for local charities.

Current employees and retirees pledged approximately $145,500, while NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund donated $148,700, driving the total donations over a quarter million dollars.

Through their pledges, employees directed donations to United Way ($86,200), OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Challenge ($13,500), EarthShare ($20,000), Work for Art ($17,000) and Black United Fund of Oregon ($8,000). These charities will route the donations to the nonprofits they serve. Another $800 went to the Melody Teppola Fund for NW Natural employees.

"Year after year, NW Natural employees make a difference in the communities we serve by supporting local nonprofits,” said Von Summers, NW Natural’s community affairs manager. "Besides being generous with their donations, they are equally generous with their time as volunteers."

Through the Dollars for Doers program, NW Natural donated a total of $19,275 to nonprofits on behalf of employees who are regular volunteers for those organizations.

“Caring is a core value at NW Natural,” added Summers. “The annual Spirit of Giving campaign allows NW Natural employees to offer a helping hand to children and families experiencing difficult times.”

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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