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PacifiCorp Foundation

The PacifiCorp Foundation is one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The Foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.7 million customers as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, and as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California. The Foundation allocates grants that best serve community interests. Grants generally are less than $10,000 with most between $2,000 and $5,000.

The PacifiCorp Foundation, through its charitable investments, will support the growth and vitality of the communities where PacifiCorp and its businesses have operations, employees, or interests.

Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded more than 7,870 grants totaling approximately $47.8 million. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than 490 grants totaling more than $2 million.

The PacifiCorp Foundation operates as the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation and the Pacific Power Foundation.

The Conference Board identifies four major categories of beneficiaries for its analysis of corporate giving trends. Following The Conference Board's categorization, the Foundation classifies and reviews grant proposals according to the nature of recipient organizations (rather than according to the purpose of each grant).

Requests for funding from education organizations should be postmarked by March 15 -- this includes funding requests for K-12 and higher educational institutions, literacy organizations, scholarship funds through intermediary organizations (e.g., United Negro College Fund).

An applicant should submit only one proposal copy on unbound 8-1/2 by 11 inch paper, with each interior page numbered and identified, to the Foundation at 825 NE Multnomah, Suite 2000, Portland, Oregon 97232. Proposals sent by fax will not be accepted.

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BDPA Los Angeles chapter president John Malonson worked closely with the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) to complete a grant proposal to the PacifiCorp Foundation. We submitted our funding request to this western region foundation asking for $3,000 in funding to support the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Los Angeles.

Wish us luck!
Bad news. Our grant proposal to the Pacific Power Foundation has been turned down. Earlier this year we submitted the proposal seeking $3,000 grant to support the youth education programs put on by the BDPA Los Angeles chapter. PacifiCorp provides services to California and other states in the western part of the country ... however, we now know that they do not service Los Angeles.

The declination letter read as follows:
Dear Mr. Hicks,

Thank you for your request for support from the Pacific Power Foundation. The foundation provides grants in communities where PacifiCorp and its divisions and subsidiaries have operations, employees or interests.

PacifiCorp does not have operations in the Los Angeles, California area. Therefore, the foundation is unable to consider your request since the project does not meet the geographic guidelines.

We wish you success with the project.

Best regards,
Laurie Simmons
Grant Administrator

We will continue to see out funding for the outstanding programs, scholarships and services implemented by BDPA Los Angeles chapter president John Malonson and his team.

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