NW Natural Celebrates Local Arts and Culture With $55,500 in Grants

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November 8, 2017


NW Natural Celebrates Local Arts and Culture With $55,500 in Grants

PORTLAND, Ore. —NW Natural (NYSE: NWN) is giving a total of $55,500 to seven renowned organizations that are enriching the local arts community.

"The diversity of experiences that our grant recipients offer -- from music and theater to cultural gardens and science -- are part of the reason people love to live and work here," says Von Summers, community relations manager for NW Natural.

Each year, NW Natural donates nearly $1 million to Oregon nonprofit associations that benefit children and families, community's arts, education and environment. This effort is made possible by shareholders from the company's Corporate Philanthropy Fund.

The 2017 recipients of arts and culture grants from NW Natural shareholders include:

Portland Center Stage: $12,500
As the city's leading professional theater, Portland Center Stage enriches the local art community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways.

Literary Arts: $10,500
Literary Arts engages readers, supports writers and inspires the next generation with great literature. Its programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country's largest lecture series, and Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach creative writing workshops in Portland high schools.

Oregon Symphony Foundation: $10,000
Since the Oregon Symphony was established more than 100 years ago, it has been recognized for its internationally acclaimed music directors, skilled performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services in education and regional touring.

Lan Su Chinese Garden: $7,500
One of NW Natural's neighbors, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is much more than just a beautiful botanical garden. Lan Su is a creative wonder -- a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony.

Ethos Music Center: $5,000
Ethos Music Center believes that all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, deserve access to music education. Ethos provides music lessons, group classes, camps, multicultural performances and workshops to more than 7,000 students across Oregon each year.

Japanese Garden Society: $5,000
The Society strives to advance the education of the public in the conservation, cultivation and propagation of Japanese gardens through study, meetings, publications, lectures, shows, displays and visits to gardens.

OMSI: $5,000
OMSI's mission is to inspire curiosity through engaging science-learning experiences, foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action.

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 about 730,000 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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