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Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Awards $300,000 to 26 Local Community-Focused Nonprofits & Schools

Beaverton, Ore. (October 17, 2013) – NIKE, Inc. has announced grants totaling $300,000 to 26 local nonprofits and schools through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (NEGF) for its Summer 2013 cycle.

The Nike Employee Grant Fund, which was established in 2010 and is administered in a unique partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), supports projects that encourage physical activity in meaningful ways, especially those that create early positive experiences for children through physical education, sports and play. Since its launch, NEGF has provided 170 grants to organizations and schools that contribute to making Oregon and Southwest Washington great places to live and work.

The Summer 2013 award recipients feature a wide variety of organizations in greater Portland, including 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance, a local nonprofit that works to bridge the gap between first and fourth world children by bringing them together on the soccer field, and Northwest Dance Project, to support the dance troupe’s interactive dance education activities with underserved youth.

“From grassroots nonprofits to neighborhood schools, these 26 award recipients are shining examples of groups with innovative programs that improve our community through physical activity opportunities for young people,” said Kathy Webb, Nike Community Impact Manager and administrator of this program.

“We are proud to support these local projects and connect Nike employees with our communities, not only through the grant making process but through their continued volunteerism efforts with these important organizations.” 

Nike employees are integrally involved with the Nike Employee Grant Fund grant-making process. With OCF oversight, a Nike employee advisory committee develops grant recommendations. Employees at Nike World Headquarters continue their involvement by volunteering their time and professional experience to help the winning nonprofits achieve their overall objectives.

“We are very excited about our grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund, which will allow us to expand our programming to help more immigrant and refugee youth participate in organized soccer,” said Mark Verna, President and Founder of 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance. “Opportunity does not come often or easily to these kids, and through soccer, they gain confidence in their skills and increased self worth. With Nike's generous support, 4 Worlds United will be able to help enhance the lives of more children, and bridge the gap between first and fourth world children by bringing them together on the soccer field.”

Next Funding Cycle Open Now

The next Nike awards cycle is now open, with $250,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington). Grants are one-year awards totaling between $5,000 and $20,000 each. 80 percent of grant awards support organizations and projects that are creating a world where physical activity, play and sports are highly valued, and 20 percent support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions. Applications are due December 1, 2013, and are available online at www.oregoncf.org/nike.

Summer 2013 Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Awardees

The following 26 organizations received Summer 2013 grants:

About NIKE, Inc.    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. Wholly-owned NIKE subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit www.nikeinc.com and follow @Nike.

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awarded more than $66 million in grants and scholarships in 2012. Information at oregoncf.org.

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