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Gratitude for Local Arts and Culture with $63,000 in Grants from NW Natural - 11/08/18

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural is supporting nine local arts and culture organizations with donations totaling more than $63,000.

The donations are a part of NW Natural’s longstanding commitment to supporting communities. Each year, the company gives nearly $1 million to local nonprofits as part of its Corporate Philanthropy Fund, made possible by NW Natural shareholders. Grants are awarded to organizations that support the arts, environment, and with special focus children and families at risk.

“Art and cultural programs are such an important aspect of our community,” says Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “Which is why we’re proud to recognize the work of this year’s grant recipients, and share our gratitude for all that they do to enrich our region.”

The nine recipients of NW Natural’s 2018 arts and culture grants showcase the great wealth of talent and diversity in the Northwest. This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Literary Arts: $13,000 | 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.


  • Portland Center Stage: $12,000 | As the city’s leading professional theater, Portland Center Stage enriches the local art community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways.


  • Portland Art Museum: $7,500 | The mission of the Portland Art Museum is to engage diverse communities through art and film of enduring quality, and to collect, preserve, and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations.


  • Urban League of Portland: $6,000 | The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.


  • Basic Rights Oregon: $5,000 | The vision of Basic Rights Oregon is to ensure that all LGBTQ Oregonians live free from discrimination and be treated with dignity and respect in every community in our state.


  • Community Cycling Center: $5,000 | Community Cycling Center’s vision is to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected.


  • 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.


  • Oregon Symphony: $5,000 | 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.

Find more information about NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund, as well as the company’s signature philanthropic effort, Programs of Focus, at: https://www.nwnatural.com/AboutNWNatural/Community/CorporateContributions 

About NW Natural
NW Natural serves approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It has one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. A 159-year-old regulated utility, NW Natural is expanding its storage in Oregon to support renewables. More information is at nwnatural.com.

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