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Nike Employee Grant Fund Awards p:ear $10,000

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The p:ear recreation program received a significant and much-needed boost from the OCF Nike Employee Grant Fund. Nike employees awarded p:ear $10,000 to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for homeless youth to experience relaxation, personal growth, confidence and play beyond the limits of their urban context. Youth participate in monthly trips to Mt. Hood, the McKenzie River and other locations around the Portland region. Part of the OCF Nike Employee grant will grow the number of trip offerings.

Launched in spring 2010, the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), is granting up to $600,000 per year for three years to local nonprofit organizations or schools that wish to join Nike in creating positive social and environmental change.

The Oregon Community Foundation works with businesses such as Nike, as well as individuals and organizations, to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

Grant application materials are available online at www.oregoncf.org. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund at OCF may contact the Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205, 503.227.6846.