Local Education Services Receive a Boost of $89,000 From NW Natural

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July 17, 2017


Local Education Services Receive a Boost of $89,000 From NW Natural

PORTLAND, Ore. — Inspiring the next generation of leaders, NW Natural (NYSE: NWN) is awarding grants to 11 education organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. From early education fundamentals to higher education and technical training, NW Natural’s grants, totaling $77,000 this year, will impact learners of all ages and backgrounds.

The grants are awarded by NW Natural’s shareholders as part of its Corporate Philanthropy Fund. In fact, each year NW Natural gives nearly $1 million to local nonprofits supporting children and families, arts and education and the environment.

“One of the core principles of our philanthropic giving is to support kids and families at risk in our community,” says Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “We’re proud to recognize the tremendous work that this year’s grant recipients are doing to instill a love of learning.”

The 12 education service groups receiving grants from NW Natural include:

  • Portland State University Foundation: $15,750
    The Foundation’s mission is to advance Portland State University through relationships, community, connections, and philanthropy.
  • Oregon State University Foundation: $10,800
    The OSU Foundation partners with Oregon State University to engage its community, inspire investment, and steward resources to enhance the university’s excellence and impact.
  • Portland Community College Foundation: $10,000
    The PCC Foundation strives to be sure all students in our region have access to an excellent education at the college and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Friends of the Children: $10,000
    The mission of Friends of the Children is to provide the most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.
  • SMART: $8,000
    Each year, SMART reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support and books for those who need them most.
  • Junior Achievement: $5,400
    The Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.
  • All Hands Raised: $5,000
    Serving Portland and Multnomah County, All Hands Raised works to ensure the sustained success of every child from cradle to career. The organization brings together local community stakeholders to transform children into independent, educated adults.
  • Cascadia Tech Academy: $5,000
    Formerly known as the Clark County Skills Center, Cascadia Tech Academy serves more than 29 high schools, private schools and home schools to offer career and technical education where jobs are in high-demand and pay well.
  • Community Transitional School: $5,000
    Community Transitional School 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.
  • I Have a Dream” Foundation: “$5,000
    “I Have a Dream” Foundation Oregon provides long-term support to children and youth living in under-resourced communities to achieve their full potential by promoting — from an early age — the values of higher education and career success, with opportunity guaranteed through financial resources and other services.
  • The Library Foundation: $5,000
    The Library Foundation is committed to nurturing a lifelong relationship with learning and libraries for each person in our community.
  • Schoolhouse Supplies: $5,000
    Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.

Learn more about NW Natural’s corporate philanthropy efforts and the 2017-2019 Nonprofit Programs of Focus.  

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to more than 725,000 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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