PORTLAND, Ore., May 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — For more than a century, Pendleton Woolen Mills has had a deep connection with the Native American community. Pendleton Woolen Mills is expanding on this connection with a new philanthropic initiative to support key community needs. Pendleton has committed to provide yearly grants to nonprofits that support Native American language preservation and help strengthen Native Americans in their journey to serve the community as healthcare professionals. These philanthropic partnerships will be supported by a portion of sales from products that incorporate the Chief Joseph pattern, with a commitment of at least $100,000 annually. The initial organizations that will be recipients of the donations are First Nations Development Institute's Native Language Immersion Initiative and the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at Oregon Health & Science University.
"Pendleton has had a relationship with the Native American community since our company's founding over 100 years ago. We are committed to connecting with the Native American community and supporting them to strengthen education, preservation and wellness," said John Bishop, Pendleton Woolen Mills president and chief executive officer. "First Nations Development Institute's Native Language Immersion Initiative and the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU are both doing wonderful work in the community, and we are pleased to support their efforts."