Our culture of caring begins with our employees. They pave the way for us to affect communities around the country, lead our charitable giving and connect in ways that enrich each other’s lives.
Employee Giving — By the Numbers
Our annual campaign is a companywide effort celebrating our culture of giving back. With employee-hosted picnics, games, bake sales and an online auction, our team raises millions of dollars. Those funds are double matched by The Standard and our parent organization Meiji Yasuda to create a major financial impact for the organizations we support.
Employee donations and company matches
Nonprofit organizations and schools supported
Casual and Committed
Make an Impact: Your Way, Our Time
Empowering People for a Better World
Each September, The Standard hosts a Volunteer Expo in Portland. Oregon's largest expo connects employees of The Standard and members of the public with local volunteer opportunities that match their interests and expertise. Typically, more than 100 nonprofits participate. The event annually attracts thousands of attendees as well as employees of The Standard.
Our Day of Caring volunteer events focus on working together to support local community partners.
Since 1985, this program has awarded up to 20 employees a year with $1,000 to the organizations where they volunteer.
Congratulations to the 2022 Dollars for Doers award recipients:
Katie Banks, Playworks Pacific Northwest
Lauren Chapman, Catholic Medical Foundation
Darlene Gallinger-Long, Sherwood High School Athletic Club
Cary Geist, Let 'Em Play Foundation
Ellen Harrison, Hygiene4All
Sophia Horsman, Boys and Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties
Katie Maase, Markham Elementary School PTA
Frank Medeiros, Tigard Blast Fastpitch
Holly Nelson, Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Inc.
Holly Schultz, Union High School Track Team
Haley Sween, Operation Underground Railroad
Kisha Turner, Oregon Donkey Sanctuary Northwest
Jenny Vu, Make-a-Wish Oregon
Ben Werner, REACH Community Development
Jace Wheatley, The Human Rights Campaign
Sumner Williams, The Portland Bridge Swim
Steve Zeiden, Jewish Family Service
All officers at The Standard commit to serving on at least one school, civic or nonprofit board of directors. Interested employees can also participate in board training to help prepare themselves for the unique challenges and opportunities of serving on a nonprofit board. Sometimes, business expertise is the most valuable donation a community partner can receive.
The Greg Ness Award
Employee Resource Groups
Independent, voluntary groups of employees meet and support one another by sharing interests, issues and common experiences. These employee resource groups are an open forum to help build our culture and our community one human connection at a time.
Black Employee Network
BEN supports the recruitment, retention and advancement for employees of The Standard who are members of the African/Black diaspora and supporters through networking, mentoring and professional and leadership development opportunities.
Celebrating Racial and Ethnic Diversity
CRED is a passionate group of leaders who focus on diversity and inclusion, while serving as a support system for employees and a force for good in the community.
The Green Team promotes practices and actions focused on sustainability within our company, community and environment.
Money$mart helps employees achieve personal financial fitness with education, tools and alternative ways to contribute to their communities.
Parents Working Together
PWT is the virtual home of working parents, where they can collaborate, share resources, celebrate milestones and navigate challenges.
Partners in Mind
Partners in Mind offers employees information and resources to help improve mental health.
StandOUT leads awareness, opportunities, event participation and activities for our internal LGBTQ+ community and allies.
The Standard Employees Recognizing Veterans
SERV brings together military veterans within our ranks for networking, recruitment, professional development, outreach, education and engagement.
Women's Career Network
WCN offers dynamic opportunities for personal and professional growth through networking events, educational seminars and community volunteering.