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NIKE, Inc. awards grants to 27 local nonprofits and schools

Beaverton, Ore. (October 14, 2011) – NIKE, Inc. has announced grants totaling $300,000 to 27 local nonprofits and schools through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation for its Summer 2011 program.

Nike employees joined Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and grant recipients for an award presentation and celebration yesterday at the Nike Factory Store reception on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. A wide variety of award recipients include an organization that supports blind athletes and a program that provides coordinated help for families seeking emergency food. The Fund, which was established in 2010, supports local nonprofits and schools creating positive, sustainable social or environmental change.

“These 27 organizations and their programs embody the kind of community-building efforts that are vital for creating a strong, healthy Oregon,” said Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. “I am happy to recognize their efforts tonight, and I applaud Nike for championing these important programs. The Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation is remarkable not only for its financial support, but for the direct involvement through volunteering that Nike employees have with so many organizations.”

“Each of these award winners came to us with innovative programs that will have tremendous community impact,” said Kathy Webb, Nike Employee Marketplace Manager who chaired the Nike employee group overseeing the program’s selection process. “The Nike Employee Grant Fund is our backyard program, connecting Nike employees with their community not only through the grant making but through their continued involvement with the organizations to help them reach their goals.”

Nike also announced the next cycle of funding, which opens on October 15, 2011. Awards of $250,000 will be offered to nonprofits in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington) to support sport and sustainability programs. Applications are due December 1, 2011 and are available online at www.oregoncf.org/nike.

The Summer 2011 Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation awardees, who received grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, include:

The Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation was established in 2010 and seeks to benefit communities where Nike employees live, work, and play. Administered in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), it awards up to $600,000 per year to local nonprofit organizations or schools that wish to join Nike in creating positive social and/or sustainable environmental change.

The Fund has considerable Nike employee involvement: OCF presents Nike with the top 50 applications for each cycle, and then Nike employees serve on an advisory committee that develops grant recommendations. Nike employees continue their involvement by volunteering their time and professional experience to help the winning nonprofits achieve their overall objectives.

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The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) OCF, created in 1973, is the largest foundation in Oregon, with assets of nearly $1 billion. OCF's endowment comes from thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations that have created more than 1,600 funds from which grants are distributed to support the critical work that nonprofits are doing in Oregon. Grant and scholarship distributions in 2010 were $60 million. OCF is governed by a volunteer board of directors and relies on more than 1,600 volunteers around the state to provide local perspective on community needs.