The Standard Charitable Foundation Grants $215,000 to 5 Nonprofits
The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company's charitable foundation, awarded a total of $215,000 in grants to five nonprofits in 2023. The recipients are:
Blanchet House of Hospitality: Blanchet House received $50,000 for the construction of its new dormitories at Blanchet Farm in Yamhill County, Oregon. This unique nine-month residential addiction recovery program gives clients a chance to learn from peer mentors and build life skills at a working farm. The grant from The Standard Charitable Foundation allows the nonprofit to expand services to 60 program participants.
PHAME Academy: PHAME Academy received $25,000 to remodel a fully accessible facility in Portland, Oregon. This grant will allow PHAME to expand its education programs, which empower more than 1,000 adults with developmental disabilities through participation in the arts.
Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington: Junior Achievement received $75,000 to expand and update its facilities in Portland, Oregon, and establish a new program site in Hillsboro, Oregon. With the addition of the Hillsboro site, BizTown and Finance Park - JA's signature programs focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship - will reach more than 25,000 students annually, inspiring and preparing them for future success.
Hillsboro Community Foundation: Hillsboro Community Foundation received $50,000 to support the inclusive elements of a playground adjacent to Hidden Creek Community Center in Hillsboro, Oregon. The project is a partnership of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, Hillsboro Community Foundation and Hillsboro School District and will be the city's first fully inclusive park and playground.
New Avenues for Youth: New Avenues for Youth in Portland, Oregon, received $15,000 to support its social enterprise programs including the Ben & Jerry's PartnerShops and the New Avenues INK screen-printing business. New Avenues works to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people experiencing or at risk o homelessness with the opportunities and resources to lead healthy, productive lives as well as gain work experience, develop job skills and earn wages.
"At The Standard, our commitment to making a positive difference in our communities is unwavering," said Dan McMillan, president and CEO of The Standard and president of The Standard Charitable Foundation. "The grants awarded to these deserving nonprofits focused on community development, education, disability and health embody our dedication to improving lives for people facing barriers to success."
Grants awarded through the foundation are separate from The Standard's corporate giving. Since 2007, The Standard Charitable Foundation along with The Standard and its employees and retirees have collectively contributed more than $65 million in grants and social investments nationally.
About The Standard Charitable Foundation
The Standard Charitable Foundation was founded in 2006 with the mission to make a positive difference by supporting community development, education, disability and health organizations. While that is the foundation's broad goal, it places special emphasis on helping people who have experienced a loss or setback such as a major disability or the loss of a loved one.
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, paid family leave and absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit standard.com 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.