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.

 

2018 Employee Giving Campaign

70%

employee participation

$4.7 M

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

1,800

nonprofit organizations and schools supported

 

Total 2018 Giving

$6 M

 

Employee Engagement

30

Day of Caring events

51

senior leaders serving on nonprofit and civic boards

 

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 2018, we honored these four exceptional employee volunteers:

 

Jenny Vu
Jenny Vu
Blanchet House

 

Clark Hays
Clark Hays
Meals on Wheels

 

Brent Snyder
Brent Snyder
Foundation for
Prader-Willi Research

 

Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
Portland Youth Builders

 

 

Photo of people cleaning up a beach

Community Engagement Report

See how we believe in giving back to our communities.

The Standard Charitable Foundation 2018 Grant Highlights

 

Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers families who experience homelessness to get back into housing and stay there long term. The Standard Charitable Foundation granted $25,000 to help purchase a building and adjacent apartments in the Lents neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, to expand their services and be closer to the families they serve.

 

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
The Standard Charitable Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp to help special-needs children and their families attend summer camp. The Family Camp program is a way for children with developmental and physical disabilities — including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy — to experience the outdoors in a safe environment with parents and trained staff.

 

Transition Projects, Inc.
Transition Projects, Inc., received $25,000 to expand its outreach and service navigation to people sleeping unsheltered in downtown Portland. Its Mobile Engagement team provides street-level support through engagement and building relationships to connect people to shelter, health and wellness services and housing.

 

Dougy Center for Grieving Children
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children is a national nonprofit where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. The foundation awarded $10,000 for the Dougy Center to print and distribute copies of a Teen Grief Journal and an After a Death activity book for children ages 5–12.

 

Additionally, The Standard Charitable Foundation supported:

Portland State University
Portland Youth Builders
Financial Beginnings Oregon
Shadow Project
United Way of Jackson County

Award Highlights

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