NW Natural Local Education Grants to Exceed $100,000

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June 3, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. —  NW Natural, a subsidiary of Northwest Natural Holding Company (NYSE: NWN), will donate nearly $110,000 to more than 25 nonprofit organizations focused on education during the first half of 2019. 
“Caring for those most vulnerable among us is one of our top priorities,” says Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “The outstanding work from our grant recipients this year goes a long way in making sure that children in our community are set up for success.” 
The contributions come from NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund. Giving close to $1 million annually, it supports a variety of local nonprofit causes including arts and culture, children and families, education and the environment. 
“Education provides hope, empowers individuals and strengthens the fabric of our communities,” said Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “Our goal is to help all students – regardless of their circumstances – gain equal access to quality education.” 
NW Natural’s 2019 grant recipients include:
Portland Community College Foundation: $10,000

The PCC Foundation strives to be sure all students in the region have access to an excellent education at the college and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay..
Stand for Children: $10,000

The mission of Stand for Children is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.

SMART: $6,500
Each year, SMART reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support and books for those who need them most.

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.
Incight: $5,000

Incight serves individuals who are living with barriers or facing obstacles that are preventing them from reaching their full potential.
Junior Achievement: $5,000

The Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.
Oregon Ballet Theatre: $5,000

Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) endeavors to provide dance education that is both excellent and exciting. OBT’s Education & Outreach programs include field trips, teaching in schools and performance in schools.
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.
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.
Wind & Oar Boat School: $5,000

Wind & Oar Boat School is an Oregon nonprofit youth education organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring young people through the art, science, and craft of building wooden boats.

Find more information about NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund, as well as the company’s Non-profit Programs of Focus, at: Corporate Contributions.

About NW Natural

NW Natural provides natural gas service to approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 750,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. It consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. 
NW Natural is part of Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and owns NW Natural, NW Natural Water Company, and other business interests and activities. 
NW Natural has 19 Bcf of storage in Oregon with 3 Bcf supporting renewables. NW Natural Holdings’ subsidiaries own and operate 34 Bcf of underground gas storage capacity. 
NW Natural Water currently provides water distribution service to approximately 43,500 people through 17,400 connections. To date, NW Natural Water has acquired six water distribution utilities and a wastewater company with several additional acquisitions pending. Upon closing current outstanding transactions, cumulatively, NW Natural Water expects to have invested $70 million and serve nearly 45,000 people through approximately 18,000 connections in the Pacific Northwest.