The Standard's Employee Giving Campaign Raises a Record $5.9 Million for Nonprofits and Schools

PORTLAND, Ore. — During the 2020 Employee Giving Campaign, current and retired employees at Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) pledged $2 million benefiting more than 2,200 schools and nonprofit organizations. After a two-for-one match by The Standard and parent organization Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, total contributions from the 2020 campaign will exceed $5.9 million. These results broke all previous giving records for the campaign.

“This has been a tough year. The pandemic, economic shutdowns and examples of racial injustice in our country have left a lot of people hurting,” said Greg Ness, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Standard. “This campaign couldn’t have come at a more important time. I’m so proud of our employees’ generosity. The Standard is delighted to add a double match to each and every gift an employee made to a school or nonprofit they’re passionate about at a time when they really need it.”

More than 2,000 employees pledged support during the campaign. These contributions, which are in addition to The Standard’s corporate and foundation giving, will be distributed to nonprofit organizations during 2021.

Another unique tradition at The Standard is the Jeans Days program. It provides employees an added incentive by encouraging them to make a targeted $100 charitable contribution in exchange for wearing jeans and sneakers to work five days a week for a year. Once again, The Standard matched these donations. This year, the Jeans Days program partners are all Black-led organizations focused on racial justice, education and economic empowerment. The Jeans Days program alone raised more than $500,000 for five nonprofit organizations: Self Enhancement, Inc., in Portland, Oregon; Envision Children in Cincinnati, Ohio; Urban League of Westchester County, New York; Jubilee Family Development Center in Lynchburg, Virginia; and National Urban League in New York, New York.

The following are among the many organizations receiving support from the giving campaign:


Self Enhancement, Inc. $315,000
Oregon Food Bank $214,000
Transition Projects $97,000
National Urban League $88,000
Oregon Humane Society $75,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington $60,000
American National Red Cross $56,000
Oregon Public Broadcasting $48,000
Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East $47,000
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette $46,000


For more information about community involvement at The Standard, visit

About The Standard

The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial protection products and services for employers and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Mortgage Investors, Inc., StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., StanCorp Real Estate, LLC, and StanCorp Equities, Inc.



Bob Speltz, Senior Director, Community Relations
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