The Standard’s Employee Giving Campaign Raises a Record $4.7 Million for Nonprofits and Schools

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During the 2018 Employee Giving Campaign, current and retired employees at Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) pledged $1.7 million benefiting more than 1,800 schools and nonprofit organizations. After a dollar-for-dollar match by The Standard and a second match by parent organization Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, total contributions from the 2018 campaign will exceed $4.7 million. These results broke all previous giving records for the campaign.

“I am incredibly proud of how generous our employees are,” said Greg Ness, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Standard. “Each year during the Employee Giving Campaign I’m reminded that this now 113 year-old company has compassion and community service in its DNA.”

More than 2,100 employees pledged support during the campaign through various programs. These contributions, which are in addition to The Standard’s corporate and foundation giving, will be distributed to nonprofit organizations during 2019.

One unique tradition is The Standard’s Jeans Days program. It provides employees an added incentive by encouraging them to give $100 in exchange for wearing jeans to work on Thursdays and Fridays. Once again, The Standard and Meiji Yasuda matched these donations dollar-for-dollar. This year’s beneficiaries of the program were four Habitat for Humanity chapters located in Altavista, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; White Plains, New York; and Portland, Oregon. Additionally, the Otter River Resource Center and Brighton Center were Jeans Days partners. Overall, this one program raised more than $464,000 for six nonprofit organizations.

The following are among the many organizations receiving support from the Giving Campaign:

Habitat for Humanity Portland / Metro East       $370,000
Oregon Food Bank       $120,000
Central City Concern       $70,000
Oregon Humane Society       $65,000
Oregon Public Broadcasting       $54,000
Otter River Resource Center       $50,000
Mercy Corps       $47,000
Regional Arts & Culture Council       $46,000
Vnam Children’s Foundation       $45,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington       $40,000

For more information about community involvement at The Standard, visit

About The Standard

The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping you 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.

About Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company

Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company is headquartered in Tokyo and is the oldest and one of the largest life insurance companies in Japan. It provides a variety of group and individual life insurance products, bancassurance and group annuity products in Japan. It also has insurance operations in the U.S., Poland, China, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2016, Meiji Yasuda acquired StanCorp Financial Group, the holding company for The Standard. Additional information about Meiji Yasuda can be found at


Bob Speltz, Senior Director, Public Affairs