The Standard’s Employee Giving Campaign Raises $2.2 Million for Nonprofits

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 19, 2016-- During the 2015 Employee Giving Campaign, Standard Insurance Company (“The Standard”) and its current and retired employees pledged more than $2.2 million to nonprofits across the nation. The annual Employee Giving Campaign will support 1,266 nonprofit organizations through contributions from company employees and dollar-for-dollar donation matching by The Standard.

Employee participation in the 2015 campaign was a record-breaking 70 percent, compared with 66 percent in 2014. The Standard will distribute the contributions, combined with its corporate giving, to a wide variety of nonprofit and academic organizations during 2016.

“The Standard’s annual Employee Giving Campaign continues to reflect the depth of both our employees’ and corporate commitment to supporting the communities where we work and live,” said Greg Ness, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Standard. “Our employees spent more than 10,000 hours volunteering for nonprofit organizations last year and more participated in the campaign than ever before. Through their generosity we are proud to support a diverse range of nonprofit organizations that strengthen our communities.”

The 2015 campaign included a variety of events and programs to encourage employee giving. One popular activity is the Jeans Days Program in which The Standard encourages employees to donate $100 to a nonprofit organization in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Thursdays and Fridays. The Jeans Days Program alone raised $300,000.

The following are among the many organizations receiving support (figures cited include pledges by employees and retirees and fundraisers, as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by The Standard):

Albertina Kerr Centers     $150,000
Junior Achievement     $81,000
Guiding Eyes for the Blind     $62,000
Oregon Health & Science University Foundation     $60,000
Oregon Food Bank     $56,000
Work for Art/Regional Arts & Culture Council     $53,000
Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati, Ohio     $47,000
Mercy Corps     $34,000
Oregon Humane Society     $27,000
University of Oregon Foundation     $24,000
Oregon Public Broadcasting     $23,000

For more information about community involvement at The Standard, visit

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.

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.

Source: The Standard

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