Nonprofit status — In general, grants from the Foundation are limited to charitable nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that have obtained a determination letter from the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and are not classified as private foundations. Proof of the exemption must be submitted with each request for funding. Grants may sometimes be made for charitable purposes to government entities.
Eligible candidates — Organizations and activities eligible for Foundation support include:
- Educational and research institutions, both public and private, from early childhood through university level;
- Youth organizations;
- Cultural enrichment organizations dedicated to the performing arts, the visual arts, historic preservation, cross-cultural education and other such activities;
- Health and human services organizations including chemical dependency treatment and prevention programs, senior citizen centers, runaway youth services and domestic violence treatment and prevention programs; and
- Projects that have a bearing on communities that are served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power:
- Pacific Power — Oregon, Central/Southeastern Washington and Northern California.
- Rocky Mountain Power — Utah, Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho.
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Ineligible candidates — Organizations and activities not eligible for foundation support include:
- Religious groups for religious purposes;
- Political organizations, ballot measure campaigns or candidates for public office;
- Organizations that discriminate against individuals on the basis of creed, color, sex, age, national origin or veteran status;
- Contributions to or memberships in chambers of commerce, service clubs, taxpayer associations and other similar bodies;
- Any non-charitable purpose;
As a general rule, the Foundation also will not support
- Establishment or support of endowments;
- Coverage of operating deficits;
- Capital campaigns;
- Computers, software or related items;
- Marketing and advertising
- Maintenance of existing facilities;
- Conferences, conventions and events; and
- Projects that do not have a bearing on Pacific Power or Rocky Mountain Power's geographic service area.