Our Nonprofit Partnerships

A few ways we help strengthen Pacific Northwest communities

      

The Gas Assistance Program

For 37 years, NW Natural’s Gas Assistance Program (GAP) has helped thousands of people in need pay their heating bills. GAP is a low-income energy assistance program that is all about neighbors helping each other. We encourage our customers and local companies to make donations, and our shareholders donate and pay all administrative fees. GAP has raised more than $6.3 million over time to help people stay warm during the winter. The funds are dispersed to customers in need through Community Action Networks.

Make a tax deductible donation today, by donating online through United Way or by mailing a check to:
Gas Assistance Program
619 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97205-2646

Nonprofit Programs of Focus

NW Natural’s Nonprofit Programs of Focus provide ongoing support to a select group of nonprofits. Organizations are selected through a review process that considers mission, service area, effectiveness, impact of sustained funding, volunteer opportunities and more. Priority is given to nonprofits serving children and families at risk. Additionally at least one nonprofit partner will be focused on environmental stewardship. Recipients receive $35,000 per year for three years from NW Natural shareholders' Corporate Philanthropy Fund, plus in-kind resources and volunteer support from NW Natural employees.

NW Natural’s Programs of Focus are selected through a review process that’s led by a diverse representation of the company’s employees – from IT and human resources to operations.

The recipients of NW Natural’s Programs of Focus for 2020-2022 include the following:


1. A Village for One
A Village for One empowers each member of the community, or village, to unite to heal the impact of commercial sexual exploitation on our youth and community. It provides a safe and healthy environment for our impacted youth to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. As part of its efforts to heal youth and our community, it also provides training, outreach, and advocacy.

2. Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s “Clean Energy. Bright Futures”
Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s “Clean Energy. Bright Futures” program is focused on supporting educator leadership, illuminating energy career pipelines, eliminating opportunity gaps and inequitable access to these careers, and bringing energy education to life in classrooms.

3. Community Warehouse
Community Warehouse is the only furniture bank serving the greater Portland area. Its mission is to provide essential household furnishings to neighbors in need, creating stronger homes and brighter futures for all. Organized in the mid-1990s to support refugees from the former Soviet Union, it has grown dramatically over 18 years.

4. Janus Youth Programs
Janus Youth Programs serves more than 6,000 at-risk children, youth and families each year, providing a second chance to kids who have few resources and no place to turn for help. Since 1972, Janus has grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest, operating more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington.

5. Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. It envisions a community where no family experiences homelessness and where every family receives the support and compassion necessary to thrive.