We Believe In
The Power of Giving

Community

At The Standard, caring about people is a core value reflected in our commitment to the communities across the United States where our employees live and work. From donating millions of dollars annually to volunteering thousands of hours each year with schools, food banks and other organizations, The Standard and our employees make a real difference in the communities we call home.

 

2017 Employee Giving Campaign

68%

employee participation

$4.4

million raised from donations made by employees and retirees and matched by The Standard and Meiji Yasuda

1,700

nonprofit organizations and schools supported

 

Total 2017 Giving

$5.5

million

 

Employee Engagement

40

Day of Caring events

51

senior leaders serving on nonprofit and civic boards

200

employee volunteers participated in the Week of Caring

 

A Commitment to Community

Giving back is a part of our DNA. Learn how we partner with nonprofit organizations.

Philanthropy

Giving back is a part of our DNA. Learn how we partner with nonprofit organizations.

Our legacy of giving is grounded in a partnership between employees and the company to create opportunities and deliver results.

Employee Programs

Our legacy of giving is grounded in a partnership between employees and the company to create opportunities and deliver results.

Volunteer Expos in Portland and Cincinnati help connect employees and the public with local volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Expo

Volunteer Expos in Portland and Cincinnati help connect employees and the public with local volunteer opportunities.

Healthy environments create strong, vibrant communities — our sustainable practices hold fast to this vision.

Sustainability

Healthy environments create strong, vibrant communities — our sustainable practices hold fast to this vision.

Chairman, President and CEO of The Standard

At The Standard, we believe engaged employees and a culture of caring is a winning combination for our communities and our customers. And we also believe compassion and the desire to give back are what make us The Standard.

J. Greg Ness, Chairman, President and CEO

Celebrating Our Employees' Good Work

The Standard established the Leo Award program in honor of our founder, Leo Samuel. Each year, the company recognizes four employee volunteers — nominated by their peers and determined by popular vote — who exemplify Leo Samuel's community spirit. Winners receive a cash award for themselves and a donation to their nonprofit from The Standard. In 2017, we honored these four exceptional employee volunteers:

 

Rachel Baley
Rachel Baley
Pacific Pug Rescue

 

Delores Jolly
Delores Jolly
Services and Advocacy
for GLBT Elders

 

ben_venable
Ben Venable
Boy Scouts of America

 

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Barbara Brooks
Newberg Animal Shelter

 

 

We Believe in Giving Back

Community Engagement Report

See how we believe in giving back to our communities.

The Standard Charitable Foundation 2017 Grant Highlights

 

Financial Beginnings
The Standard Charitable Foundation provided a $20,000 grant in support of the organization’s core programs — Financial Foundations and Pathways to Postsecondary Success — and the launch of a new one-on-one financial coaching program focused on community college students.

 

MBA Opens Doors Foundation
The Mortgage Bankers Association Opens Doors Foundation provides mortgage and rental assistance payment grants to parents and guardians caring for a critically ill or injured child. The Standard Charitable Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to support this important mission.

 

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week encourages young people to explore business through hands-on experiential learning. The foundation granted $5,000 to expand the organization’s outreach into underserved rural communities in Oregon.

 

Freestore Foodbank
The Standard Charitable Foundation funded a $15,000 grant to Cincinnati COOKS!, a free culinary job training program for under- and unemployed individuals. Since 2001, more than 1,500 people have graduated and gone on to find employment at more than 200 local culinary institutions.

 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center provides primary health care with a special focus on migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The foundation provided a grant of $25,000 to support the construction of the new Beaverton Wellness Center, designed to meet the urgent need for access to affordable health care in the community.

 

Community Vision
A foundation grant of $10,000 is helping Community Vision centralize services for people with disabilities at the Seven Corners Collaborative Building. Its vision is to connect people with disabilities with resources and to help increase their independence and self-determination.

2017 Award Highlights

The Standard and our employees were honored to receive awards from our community partners in 2017. Some of the highlights include:

  • Lines for Life Champion of Hope Award — Lines for Life is a national organization focused on preventing substance abuse and suicide.
  • Portland Opera Philanthropic Leaders in the Arts Community Award — The Standard has provided philanthropic and other support to the Portland Opera for more than three decades.
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council Top Corporate Donor to the Arts Award — The Standard was the top corporate donor to arts and culture organizations in the Portland Metro area.
  • Serendipity Center Jeri Hamilton Extraordinary Service Award — Serendipity Center is a nonprofit therapeutic school serving at-risk students whose complex needs prevent success in other settings.
  • Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index — The Standard is proud to have received 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. HRC rates companies on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.