The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard, and its employees and retirees together contributed more than $2.4 million across the nation last year to nonprofits. Giving focused on nonprofit organizations that share the company's emphasis on education, disability and empowerment, cultural development and healthy communities.
Through the company's matching gift program, employees and retirees donated to nearly 1,000 nonprofits in communities where employees and customers of The Standard live and work. The Standard's employees also volunteered thousands of hours in their communities on company-donated time.
"In 2012, employees of The Standard donated their time, expertise and money to nonprofit organizations that help children learn and grow, feed and house those who face barriers to success, improve our environment and support the arts," said Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard.
The Standard's 2012 Report to the Community outlines the company's philanthropic giving and highlights The Standard's employee volunteer and sustainability efforts. Below are a few highlights from the report:
- The Standard's Volunteer Expo, held annually in Portland and Cincinnati, connects regional nonprofit organizations with employees and other members of the community, helping them find volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests.
- The Standard supported Junior Achievement's Finance Park, a mobile, mini-city with 16 "businesses" created to provide a relevant, high-impact personal financial literacy program for middle and high school students. Charitable support from The Standard ensures this resource travels across Oregon and Southwest Washington giving young people the opportunity to learn about protecting their income with insurance and other tools.
- A 2009 fire destroyed Dougy Center, a national nonprofit organization that provides help for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death. A $25,000 grant from The Standard helped the Center to rebuild and reopen.
View the 2012 Report to the Community. Since 2006, The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard and its employees and retirees have contributed nearly $15 million in grants and social investments. See additional information about corporate community involvement.