Environmental Partners

Helping key environmental partners achieve their goals.

NW Natural shareholders give money to environmental causes as part of our corporate philanthropy program. And we give our time through a number of volunteer programs and support for individual employee efforts.

Signature Program

The Freshwater Trust is NW Natural’s Signature Program. As such, the trust receives an annual grant of $75,000 for three years from NW Natural shareholders, beginning in 2011.

The Freshwater Trust is a statewide not-for-profit organization headquartered in Portland, with satellite offices in Bend and Corvallis. The trust has an integrated, innovative approach to improving freshwater ecosystems - from restoring a river's architecture to working with landowners to keep more water in stream. It also educates children about the importance of water conservation.

Visit thefreshwatertrust.org for more information about this important program.

Contributing in other ways

In 2012, we donated $25,000 to environmental organizations on behalf of customers who have chosen the paperless billing option. We asked those customers to advise us how to divide the sum. The recipients included Oregon Wild, NW Earth Institute, Friends of Ridgefield Natural Wildlife Refuge, Focus the Nation.

In addition, in 2010, NW Natural has provided over $44,000 in program support grants to organizations ranging from the Audubon Society of Portland to Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

Earth Share of Oregon is one of four umbrella organizations that benefit from our annual Employee Charitable Giving Campaign. NW Natural matches employee contributions to Earth Share of Oregon during the campaign. The total for employee contributions and the NW Natural match in 2009 was $50,000.

Employees give, too

Through its Dollars for Doers program, the company directs funds to dozens of environmental programs supported by employees – such as Audubon Society of Portland and Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

In addition, NW Natural employees donate their time to the land in Oregon and Washington – in activities such as planting trees, grooming trails and restoring river banks.