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.

 

2019 Employee Giving Campaign

75%

employee participation

$5.1M

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

1,900

nonprofit organizations and schools supported

 

Total 2019 Giving

$6.5M

 

Employee Engagement

64

Days of Caring events

47

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 2019, we honored these four exceptional employee volunteers:

 

Brian Williams
Brian Williams
American Cancer Society,
Central Virginia Chapter

 

Marcy David
Marcy David
Women in Insurance and Financial Services

 

Jon Shervey
Jon Shervey
Big Brothers Big Sisters of
the Columbia Northwest

 

Amy Frazey
Amy Frazey
ALS Association of Oregon
and Southwest Washington

 

 

Photo of people cleaning up a beach

Community Engagement Report

See how we believe in giving back to our communities.

The Standard Charitable Foundation 2019 Grant Highlights

 

My Sisters’ Place
$10,000 was awarded to My Sisters’ Place, which provides shelter and other services for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking. The grant will fill gaps in shelter funding and enable the organization to continue to provide vital services for the most vulnerable families in Westchester County, New York.

 

New Avenues for Youth
$15,000 was awarded to New Avenues for Youth for the Youth Opportunity Center. Located in East Multnomah County, Oregon, the center provides drop-in services, education, job training and employment services, housing referrals and outreach to younger youth that are geographically isolated, unstably housed and connected to a school.

 

p:ear
$10,000 was awarded to p:ear, which builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art, recreation and employment. This grant supported staffing for the p:ear Works job training program that provides youth hands-on, paid internships as well as employment opportunities and assistance with career goals and placement for transitioning into independent living.

 

QUAD, Inc.
$15,000 was awarded to QUAD, Inc., which fosters personal independence by providing affordable, barrier-free housing for people with severe physical disabilities. The grant supported the purchase of a resident lift system benefitting adults with disabilities living at four QUAD apartment buildings.

 

Tualatin Hills Park Foundation
$15,000 was awarded to Tualatin Hills Park Foundation for the Access for All Collaborative Investment Initiative, which is a three-year program that aims to expand social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. The Initiative is designed to support the engagement of diverse disability organizations for children, youth and adults living in the Portland metro area.

 

The foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of The Standard. Since 2007, The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard and its employees and retirees have contributed more than $35 million in grants and social investments.

Award Highlights

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