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Corporate Giving

$1 million annually to local nonprofits

Our shareholder-funded Corporate Philanthropy Fund provides critical support to customers and communities.

 
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Programs of Focus

 

NW Natural’s Programs of Focus commits ongoing support to a select group of nonprofits.

Recipients receive $35,000 per year for three years from our Corporate Philanthropy Fund, plus in-kind resources and volunteer support from NW Natural employees. Organizations are chosen through a review process that considers mission, service area, effectiveness, impact of sustained funding, volunteer opportunities and more.

The primary focus is on organizations serving children and families at risk, with an additional grant reserved for a nonprofit focused on environmental stewardship.

 
 
 
 
 

2017-2019 Programs

 
 
 
New Meadows at the Dorothy Lemelson House in north Portland celebrated its grand opening in 2018.

New Meadows at the Dorothy Lemelson House in north Portland celebrated its grand opening in 2018.

Bridge Meadows

Bridge Meadows develops and sustains multi-generational housing communities. Former foster youth, adoptive families and low-income elders live side-by-side in these affordable housing developments building place, permanence and purpose one community at a time.

Its newest location focuses on young people aging out of the foster care system, sharing life skills, support and connections to other Bridge Meadows residents as they enter adulthood.

Volunteer CASAs support children at risk with advocacy and connections to key services.

Volunteer CASAs support children at risk with advocacy and connections to key services.

CASA for Children

When an abused or neglected child is going through the trauma of the foster care system, a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, works to guide them through safely, quickly and effectively.

CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington & Columbia Counties recruits, trains and supports citizen volunteers to provide quality advocacy for as many children as possible.

Janus’ Hope Partnership helps young men like Noah Schultz successfully transition back into the community after being incarcerated.

Janus’ Hope Partnership helps young men like Noah Schultz successfully transition back into the community after being incarcerated.

Janus Youth Programs

Janus Youth Programs serve 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.

These services include providing shelter for 200 youth each night and working with 400 young people every day. Janus operates dozens of programs, many in conjunction with other agencies and nonprofits.

 
 
 
Each year SOLVE volunteers pitch in to keep Oregon’s beaches and riverfronts clear of garbage and debris.

Each year SOLVE volunteers pitch in to keep Oregon’s beaches and riverfronts clear of garbage and debris.

SOLVE

SOLVE is a statewide nonprofit organization that takes action every day to keep Oregon clean and green. It mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes nearly 750 cleanup and restoration projects each year. When Oregonians – and NW Natural employees – volunteer with SOLVE they become hands-on stewards, removing litter from beaches, planting trees and removing invasive plants.

In 2018 NW Natural once again teamed up with the Red Cross and emergency responders to help the public “Get Ready” for natural disasters and other emergencies.

In 2018 NW Natural once again teamed up with the Red Cross and emergency responders to help the public “Get Ready” for natural disasters and other emergencies.

American Red Cross–Cascades Region

The American Red Cross Cascades Region covers Oregon and Southwest Washington. Some 2,500 volunteers provide response, relief and recovery services; save lives through health and safety training; provide assistance to active military members, their families and local veterans; and ensure a safe and stable blood supply for patients in need.

 
 

$35,000

Annual commitment
for three years

 

$2.5M

in donations since 2003
to our nonprofit
programs of focus

 
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Harbor of Hope

Creating safe harbors and a bridge to stability for Oregon’s homeless

NW Natural has joined local business leaders in committing $75,000 over the next three years to fund the new Oregon Harbor of Hope navigation center and temporary shelter, as a means to help meet the needs of the region’s growing homeless population.

The company’s donation will be used for operational support of mobile shower and laundry units, medical care, and the development of a new 24/7 transitional facility for those experiencing homelessness in downtown.

 
 
 

“As longtime business residents of Portland’s downtown corridor, every day we witness the homelessness crisis. We’re glad to join Oregon Harbor of Hope in support of its vision and work to transition people to the next step of care.”

– VON SUMMERS, COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER, NW NATURAL

 
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Focus of Our Support

 

Our philanthropic contributions focus first on the needs of children and families at risk, with additional support for arts and culture, education and health, and other community causes.

 
The Start Making a Reader Today has helped kids read and succeed, connecting them with volunteers like NW Natural’s Randy Friedman.

The Start Making a Reader Today has helped kids read and succeed, connecting them with volunteers like NW Natural’s Randy Friedman.

Education

Grants totaling more than $171,000 to organizations delivering education resources in the Pacific Northwest, including:

All Hands Raised
Cascadia Tech Academy
Community Transitional School
Junior Achievement
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Oregon Zoo Foundation
Portland Community College foundation
Portland State University Foundation
Schoolhouse Supplies
Stand for Children
Start making a reader today
The Library Foundation
Wind & Oar Boat School

NW Natural employees dig in to neighborhood plantings with Friends of Trees.

NW Natural employees dig in to neighborhood plantings with Friends of Trees.

Environmental Stewardship

Grants totaling $126,000 to organizations focused on stewardship of urban and natural environments, including:

Columbia Springs
Forest Park Conservancy
Friends of Trees
Northwest Earth Institute
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Portland Parks Foundation
The Freshwater Trust
The Nature Conservancy

Support for p:ear helps this local nonprofit deliver programs like the p:ear barista school coffee window (338 N.W. Sixth Ave., Portland), which serves up great coffee alongside job-skills training for at-risk youth.

Support for p:ear helps this local nonprofit deliver programs like the p:ear barista school coffee window (338 N.W. Sixth Ave., Portland), which serves up great coffee alongside job-skills training for at-risk youth.

Health & Human Services

Grants totaling more than $400,000 to local organizations whose efforts improve community health and well-being, including:

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PORTLAND METRO
casa
CENTRAL CITY CONCERN
CHILDREN’S CENTER
DOUGY CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN
GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND, INC.
IMPACT NW
KIDS CENTER
MEDICAL TEAMS INTERNATIONAL
OREGON FOOD BANK
P:EAR
transition project
VIRGINIA GARCIA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Support for the Oregon Symphony helps deliver programs such as live performances of popular movie scores.

Support for the Oregon Symphony helps deliver programs such as live performances of popular movie scores.

Arts & Culture

Grants totaling more than $146,000 to organizations that showcase creativity and diversity in our Northwest communities, including:

Basic Rights Oregon
Community Cycling Center
Ethos Music Center
Japanese Garden Society
Literary Arts
Oregon Symphony
Portland Art Museum
Portland Center Stage
Urban League of Portland