The Standard Charitable Foundation Announces Three Grants to Local Nonprofits

Foundation surpasses $1.5 million in grants since its inception


"These nonprofits help families experiencing homelessness and low-income youth facing barriers to academic success, and they provide children with special needs access to nature and outdoor adventures."
May 21, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company’s charitable foundation, today announced three grants totaling $60,000 to nonprofits in Portland, Oregon. The recipients are: Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Portland Youth Builders and Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Inc.

“Each of these partners is addressing pressing needs in our community and we’re grateful to play a part in their success,” said Greg Ness, chairman of The Standard Charitable Foundation and chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. “These nonprofits help families experiencing homelessness and low-income youth facing barriers to academic success, and they provide children with special needs access to nature and outdoor adventures.”

Portland Homeless Family Solutions: $25,000 was awarded to help purchase a building and adjacent apartments in the Lents Neighborhood in order to expand their services and to be closer to the homeless families they serve. PHFS empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term.

Portland Youth Builders: $20,000 was awarded to help redevelop a 10,000 square foot school to accommodate low-income youth services in East Portland. The project will create more usable space for student counseling and increase access to academic and technology programming for youth who face barriers to success in school and their careers.

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Inc.: $15,000 was awarded to help families with special needs children afford to attend summer camp. The Family Camp program is a way for children with developmental and physical disabilities – including Autism, Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy – to experience the outdoors in a safe environment with parents and trained staff.

The foundation’s giving, which recently passed $1.5 million in grants, 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 $30 million in grants and social investments. To learn more about The Standard Charitable Foundation, please visit

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 $30 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

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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Bob Speltz, Senior Director, Public Affairs

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