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The Standard Employee Giving Campaign Contributes $5.5 Million to Nonprofits and Schools

January 22, 2024

PORTLAND, Ore. — During the 2023 Employee Giving Campaign, employees at Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) donated $1.8 million benefiting 2,562 schools and nonprofit organizations across the nation. After a double match by The Standard and parent organization Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, total donations from the campaign exceed $5.5 million.

Contributions from the 1,868 employees who participated along with the matching funds were distributed to nonprofit organizations and schools during 2023.

“I'm incredibly proud of how my fellow employees show up for both our customers and communities,” said Dan McMillan, president and CEO at The Standard. “Our nonprofit and school partners are a source of strength and resiliency for our communities during challenging times. I continue to be humbled by the generosity of our employees and retirees.”

During the Employee Giving Campaign, The Standard also celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Denim Impact Fund. The program, formerly named Jeans Days, provides employees incentives including the right to wear jeans and sneakers to work all year in exchange for a $100 donation to the Fund collectively helping a cause in their communities. The program name and purpose have evolved as The Standard adopted a flexibility first workplace. The 2023 DIF program — focused on youth behavioral health and crisis intervention — raised more than $358,000 for these nonprofit organizations: National Alliance on Mental Illness in Arlington, Virginia; Trillium Family Services in Portland, Oregon; Lines for Life in Portland, Oregon; Face to Face in St. Paul, Minnesota; Lighthouse Youth & Family Services in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mental Health Association of Westchester in White Plains, New York; and HumanKind in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The year-round giving program allows employees the flexibility to donate to nonprofit organizations and get the double match employee contributions up to $5,000 per employee. 

These are among the many organizations that received support in 2023 through The Standard's giving program:

Trillium Family Services$236,000
Oregon Food Bank$119,000
Oregon Humane Society$59,000
Lines for Life$58,000
National Alliance on Mental Illness$46,000
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette$37,000
ALS Northwest$34,000
Central City Concern$33,000
Habitat for Humanity Portland Region$32,000
Oregon Public Broadcasting$32,000

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 and paid family leave services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit or follow us on Facebook 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.


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