The Standard Charitable Foundation grants $30,000 to two nonprofits

Grants support teens and individuals with disabilities

The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company’s corporate foundation, today announced two grants totaling $30,000 to nonprofits in Portland, Oregon, and Valhalla, New York.

$10,000 was awarded to CAREERS for People with Disabilities in Valhalla, N.Y., to support a workforce readiness, placement and training program. The program works directly with disabled clients to provide workforce readiness skills, job placement, on-the-job training and ongoing support services.  The program will impact more than 350 people and place 120 individuals in new jobs this year.

$20,000 was awarded to Lines for Life in Portland, Ore., to expand operations of the YouthLine program. The program offers free and confidential peer-to-peer crisis counseling for teens dealing with issues of bullying, depression, anxiety, pregnancy, self-harm or substance abuse.

“These two nonprofit partners embody The Standard’s commitment to building healthy communities, helping people overcome hardships and empowering success,” said Bob Speltz, executive director of The Standard Charitable Foundation. “It is an honor to partner with passionate nonprofits like CAREERS and Lines for Life to create opportunities so that teens and people with disabilities can thrive in their communities.”

The Foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of The Standard.  Since 2006, The Standard, its employees, retirees and The Standard Charitable Foundation have contributed more than $12 million in grants and social investments. To learn more about The Standard Charitable Foundation, please visit http://www.standard.com/foundation.

About The Standard Charitable Foundation
The Standard Charitable Foundation, the corporate foundation of The Standard, was 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 2006, The Standard, its employees and The Standard Charitable Foundation have contributed more than $12 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, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visitwww.standard.com.

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.

Nike Employee Grant Fund Deadline Approaching - December 1st

Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Announces Latest Funding Cycle
Deadline is December 1, 2013 for nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area nonprofits to apply for grants totaling $250,000

Nike, Inc. has announced that the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation’s latest awards cycle is open, with $250,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington).  Applications are due December 1, 2013, and are available online at www.oregoncf.org/nike.

Grants are one-year awards totaling between $5,000 and $20,000 each.  80% of grant awards support organizations and projects that are creating a world where physical activity, play and sports are highly valued, and 20% support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community—based solutions.

The Nike Employee Grant Fund, which was established in 2010 and is administered in a unique partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) supports projects that encourage physical activity in meaningful ways, especially those that create early positive experiences for children through physical education, sports and play.  Since its launch, NEGF has provided 170 grants to organizations and schools that contribute to making Oregon and Southwest Washington great places to live and work.

The Summer 2013 award recipients feature a wide variety of organizations in greater Portland, including 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance, a local nonprofit that works to bridge the gap between first and fourth world children by bringing them together on the soccer field, and Northwest Dance Project, to support the dance troupe’s interactive dance education activities with underserved youth.

Are you looking for a way to talk to your colleagues about giving?

#Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to help charities raise money online during the holiday shopping season. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. Click here for Q&A with #GivingTuesday and to learn how it made a difference in it’s first year.

Want to learn more?  There is a video on how to spread the word about funding overhead costs this giving season!

And read The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s article: Nonprofits Aim to Build on Success From the 1st Giving Tuesday.

The Zidell Companies donated $150,000 to Oregon Food Bank

The Zidell Companies donated $150,000 to Oregon Food Bank, which will help fight childhood hunger.  “This contribution, on behalf of employees at Zidell Marine, Zidell Yards and Tube Forgings of America, Inc., commemorates the centenary of the arrival in Oregon of Sam Zidell, our founder and my grandfather,” said Charlene Zidell, director of corporate relations and communications, Zidell Companies.

Meyer Memorial Trust’s Two-Way Street Tour

Meyer Memorial Trust’s Two-Way Street Tour (TWST) is a useful way for MMT to hear about the needs of local nonprofits and communities and share advice about MMT’s grant programs.  The tours were designed as a way for MMT to connect to communities throughout Oregon. Visit their Blog Posts to learn more about their experiences

The Funders’ Network Announces Local Sustainability Matching Fund grants and 2014 PLACES Fellows.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Rose Navarro, Natural Areas Grant Coordinator, Metro Portland (OR) and Lauren Johnson, Director of Community Impact, Social Venture Partners Portland (OR) as part of the 2014 PLACES Fellows Class.

The PLACES Fellowship challenges assumptions and exposes Fellows to new ways of thinking about the role of philanthropy in lifting up historically underserved and low-income communities.  Click here to see the full list.

Round 3 of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund Announces $446,500 in Awards to Nine Community Partnerships (September 2013). Nine communities were awarded $446,500 by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and it’s partner, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Click here to learn more.

The Press Release was posted September 5, 2013. The Local Sustainability Matching Fund also welcomes three new funders, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The JPB Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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