PORTLAND, Oregon – June 29, 2016 – The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company’s charitable foundation, today announced four grants totaling $85,000 to nonprofits in Portland, Oregon. The recipients are: Open School East, Tucker Maxon School, Minds Matter and QUAD, Inc.
“The Standard is proud to support these four organizations and their work providing support, education and empowerment to the communities we serve,” said Greg Ness, president of The Standard Charitable Foundation and chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. “These grants will help individuals and families facing significant challenges enhance their self-sufficiency and education and employment opportunities.”
Open School East: $40,000 was awarded to support the construction of Open School East, a new 7-12th grade college-prep school educating young people for the modern workforce. Open School East helps students who have fallen furthest behind in their studies get back to benchmark and beyond. Open School East will open this fall in east Multnomah County and serve 270 students from six school districts by 2019. This is the Foundation’s second grant to Open School East, formerly known as Open Meadow.
Tucker Maxon School: $10,000 was awarded to Tucker Maxon School of Portland which provides education and specialized services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The grant will provide financial aid to families to ensure their children have access to the services they need to learn to listen and talk, then succeed.
Minds Matter: $10,000 was awarded to support this all-volunteer, weekly academic mentoring organization in the Portland metropolitan area. Minds Matter engages low-income, highly motivated high school students who aspire to a four-year college or university. The grant funds college summer programs for sophomores and juniors who attend a two-to-three week college summer program to help them assess college options and interact with high school students from all over the world.
QUAD, Inc.: $25,000 was awarded to support a capital project that expands capacity of QUAD to help low-income adults who have sustained a traumatic injury or disabling condition resulting in permanent reliance on a wheelchair. With an investment in new equipment, QUAD can expand from 85 to 129 units of housing designed to provide this underserved population a model environment for independent living.
The foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of The Standard. Since 2007, The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard and its employees and retirees have contributed more than $22 million in grants and social investments. To learn more about The Standard Charitable Foundation, please visit www.standard.com/foundation.
About The Standard Charitable Foundation
The Standard Charitable Foundation is the charitable foundation of The Standard. Founded in 2006, the foundation’s mission is to make a positive difference in communities by supporting community development, education, disability and health organizations. While the foundation has a broad goal of making a positive difference in communities, it places special emphasis on helping individuals and families who have experienced a loss or setback such as a major disability or the loss of a loved one. Since 2007, The Standard, its employees and retirees and The Standard Charitable Foundation have contributed more than $22 million in grants and social investments.
About The Standard
The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services and individual annuities. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.
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, Public Affairs