NW Natural Shareholders Give More Than $66,000 to Support Local Education

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April 27, 2016


NW Natural Shareholders Give More Than $66,000 to Support Local Education

PORTLAND,Ore.—NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) 2016 corporate giving is off to a strong start with more than $66,000 going toward educational programs.

"Each year, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million through the company's corporate philanthropy fund," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "We were pleased in the first part of the year to make several significant donations to organizations focused on different levels and aspects of education."

The educational organizations and donation amounts include the following:

All Hands Raised ($5,000) Serving Portland and Multnomah County to ensure the sustained success of every child from cradle to career. All Hands Raised brings together local community stakeholders to transform children into independent, educated adults.

Community Transitional School (CTS) ($5,000) CTS provides a stable, supportive environment that promotes both personal and academic growth for children whose families are homeless, in transition and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities ($12,000) The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon.

Portland Community College Foundation ($10,000) The PCC Foundation enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. All students in the region have access to an excellent education at PCC and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay.

Schoolhouse Supplies ($5,000) Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit, is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies. The program supports quality education by giving students and teachers in Portland free classroom supplies.

The PSU Foundation ($15,750) Created in 1963, the PSU Foundation raises philanthropic gifts, invests them responsibly, and stewards them in accordance with donors' wishes. The PSU Foundation is responsible for raising and managing private resources to support the mission and priorities of the university and contributes to institutional excellence.

The University of Oregon Foundation ($13,500) The Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving and administering the thousands of private gifts donated annually to the University of Oregon, and disbursing those funds to the university according to donor intent.

NW Natural's core values are Integrity, Service Ethic, Safety, Caring and Environmental Stewardship. Learn more about the causes we care about and contribute to in our 2015 Annual Community and Sustainability Report

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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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