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MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 17, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Piper Jaffray is pleased to announce its final round of grantmaking for 2005, which focused on strong youth organizations whose programs help disadvantaged youth in grades K-12 achieve academic success. The firm has awarded $235,850 in grants to 54 nonprofit organizations across its geographic regions.

"Piper Jaffray recognizes the need for programs helping disadvantaged youth," said Andrew Duff, chairman and chief executive officer of Piper Jaffray Companies. "We are proud to be able to support organizations that help students achieve academic success."

Piper Jaffray awarded grants to organizations that provide financial education, mentoring, literacy programs and enterprise-based learning. Other organizations received funding for their work with disadvantage youth and the involvement of parents to better equip them as agents of academic success for their children. Piper Jaffray supports well-established, effective programs that provide intensive tutoring and academic instruction.

The Piper Jaffray Corporate Community Involvement Council guides the overall involvement efforts and makes funding decisions in the Twin Cities. Local decision making resides with the firm's Regional Community Involvement Councils. In addition, Piper Jaffray is one of the founding members of the Minnesota Keystone Program, a voluntary program promoting corporate support for communities established in 1976. As a member of the Keystone Program, Piper Jaffray has made a commitment to contribute five percent of its pre-tax earnings to charity each year through a combination of cash contributions, in-kind contributions and volunteer hours.

For additional information and a complete list of the grants, visit http://www.piperjaffray.com/grants .

Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC) is a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Through its chief operating subsidiary, Piper Jaffray & Co., the firm has served corporations, government and non- profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 111 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at http://www.piperjaffray.com .

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