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Annual Giving Campaign Unleashes NW Natural Employees' Superhero Giving Power - 01/16/17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) employees proved to be a mighty force in raising more than $288,000 through their 2016 Give Like a Superhero -- Spirit of Giving campaign.

Current employees and retirees pledged approximately $144,000, while NW Natural's shareholder Corporate Philanthropy Fund donated $144,000, sending the total sum over one-quarter million dollars.

The employee donations will be directed to a variety of groups including Black United Fund of Oregon, CASA, Children's Trust Fund, Earth Share Oregon, OHSU, Oregon Food Bank, Red Cross Cascades Region, Work for Art and United Way.

"Caring is a core value at NW Natural. Our employees never cease to amaze us with generosity and enthusiasm for giving to local nonprofits. Their donations provide essential needs and aid in building more resilient communities," said Von Summers, NW Natural's community affairs manager.

NW Natural employees also participate in volunteer work through the employee matching program, Dollars for Doers. A total of $23,470 went to local nonprofits on behalf of employees who are regular helpers for those organizations.

"NW Natural employees display heroic efforts every day for people in need," added Summers. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to carry out these acts of kindness."

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 nwnatural.com.

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