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The Standard Charitable Foundation Announces Five Grants to Nonprofits
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The Standard Charitable Foundation Announces Five Grants to Nonprofits

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company’s charitable foundation, announced five grants totaling $65,000.

“The Standard Charitable Foundation has a special focus on supporting our neighbors who need a hand,” said Greg Ness, president of The Standard Charitable Foundation and chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. “These grants will help families fleeing domestic violence, build a pathway to employment and stable housing and enrich the lives of individuals experiencing a disability.”

The recipients are:

My Sisters’ Place: $10,000 was awarded to My Sisters’ Place, which provides shelter and other services for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking. The grant will fill gaps in shelter funding and enable the organization to continue to provide vital services for the most vulnerable families in Westchester County, New York.

New Avenues for Youth: $15,000 was awarded to New Avenues for Youth for the Youth Opportunity Center. Located in East Multnomah County, Oregon, the center provides drop-in services, education, job training and employment services, housing referrals and outreach to younger youth that are geographically isolated, unstably housed and connected to a school.

p:ear: $10,000 was awarded to p:ear, which builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art, recreation and employment. This grant supported staffing for the p:ear Works job training program that provides youth hands-on, paid internships as well as employment opportunities and assistance with career goals and placement for transitioning into independent living.

QUAD, Inc.: $15,000 was awarded to QUAD, Inc., which fosters personal independence by providing affordable, barrier-free housing for people with severe physical disabilities. The grant supported the purchase of a resident lift system benefitting adults with disabilities living at four QUAD apartment buildings.

Tualatin Hills Park Foundation: $15,000 was awarded to Tualatin Hills Park Foundation for the Access for All Collaborative Investment Initiative, which is a three-year program that aims to expand social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. The Initiative is designed to support the engagement of diverse disability organizations for children, youth and adults living in the Portland metro area.

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 $35 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 $35 million in grants and social investments.

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, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


Bob Speltz, Senior Director, Community Relations


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