Portland, OR. The Standard Insurance Company’s charitable foundation announced five grants, totaling $65,000, to local nonprofits. The Dougy Center was awarded $10,000. It’s a national nonprofit that started in Portland where children, teens and young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. 

The grant will enable Dougy Center to print and distribute copies of a Teen Grief Journal and an After a Death activity book for children ages 5-12.

“These grants will help individuals and families facing challenges enhance their self-sufficiency, education and employment opportunities,” 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 challenges enhance their self-sufficiency, education and employment opportunities.”

BedMart’s Leah Breen and Transition Projects Staff Member.

$25,000 was awarded to Transition Projects to expand its outreach and service navigation to people sleeping unsheltered in Downtown Portland. A Mobile Engagement team provides street-level support through engagement and relationship building to successfully connect people to shelter, health and wellness services and housing.

Financial Beginnings Oregon: $10,000 was awarded to Financial Beginnings Oregon toward their three core educational programs for youth and adults, aimed at providing personal financial management skills.

Shadow Project: $10,000 was awarded to Portland, Oregon-based Shadow Project to build capacity allowing the organization to expand its reading coaching initiative for children with disabilities to nine public schools.

United Way of Jackson County: $10,000 was awarded to the United Way of Jackson County to purchase and renovate a permanent home in downtown Medford, Oregon. The space will be used for community groups to gather and collaborate on key social issues including education, homelessness, housing and addiction.

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 $35 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 $35 million in grants and social investments.

About The Standard:

The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping you 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 www.standard.com or follow us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.