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BCA 10 Spotlight: The Standard (Portland, OR)

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BCA 10 Spotlight: The Standard (Portland, OR)

Americans for the Arts is excited to honor The Standard at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.

 

“Fostering an appreciation for the arts helps build a foundation for a lifetime of curiosity and learning. The Standard invests in the arts because a vibrant community of arts and artists brings energy to the larger community. The arts can attract the innovators and creative thinkers we need in the public and private sectors now more than ever.”

– Greg Ness, Chairman, President and CEO, The Standard

 

 

The Standard, an insurance company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, supports the arts because it believes arts and cultural organizations play a vital role in creating vibrant communities. Since its founding in 1906, the company has understood that the arts provide space for communities to come together to build understanding, appreciation, and empathy for others.

 

 The Standard and its employees donated more than $700,000 to arts and cultural organizations last year, which included $200,000 in direct corporate contributions and $167,000 in donations made by employees of The Standard during its annual employee giving campaign. The company matches all employee contributions 2:1 during the campaign, which resulted in an additional $330,000 in company arts contributions.  Additionally, The Standard gives paid time off for staff to volunteer in the community, as well as trains and places employees on arts and other nonprofit boards. Currently, 16 of The Standard’s senior executives serve on arts boards.  

 

A pop-up gallery in The Standard’s offices showcases employees’ visual and textile art, jewelry, and fashion pieces. The show was designed to break down barriers among departments, foster better relationships among co-workers, and encourage innovation in the workplace. As a part of long-term partnerships with a variety of arts organizations, The Standard offers employees tickets to local arts experiences which can be used for team building, entertaining customers, or family outings.

 

The Standard is an early funder of the Creating Connection initiative, a national movement that seeks to make arts and culture a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life. To raise awareness of the value of the arts, they also sponsored Everybody Reads, a city-wide shared reading experience, during which free copies of a featured novel are available at local libraries and Portlanders are invited to attend books discussions and community events.

 

The company has been a supporter of the Portland Opera for more than 50 years, and partners with its Opera-to-go program, which serves more than 14,000 students each year. In doing so, they provide access to high-quality performances for children across the region, regardless of geographic or economic barriers. In addition, The Standard also recently made a major in-kind donation of technology services and assessment to Portland Opera to improve its technology infrastructure and digital presence.

 

PCM Outdoor Adventure Opening, courtesy The Standard

 

In recognition of their support, The Standard has received numerous past awards including Top Corporate Donor the Arts and Philanthropic Leader in the Arts. Greg Ness, The Standard CEO, has been awarded The John C. Hampton Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts.

 

Nominated by Portland Opera

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Announcing the 2018 BCA 10 Honorees

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Announcing the 2018 BCA 10 Honorees
The Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) of Americans for the Arts is proud to present the BCA 10 awards on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.
 
The awards honor 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.
 
We are excited to announce this year's winners:
 

Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY)

Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati, OH)

Fosun (New York, NY)

Phillips 66 (Houston, TX)

The Standard (Portland, OR)

Tierney (Philadelphia, PA)

UMB Financial Corporation (Kansas City, MO)

VF Corporation (Greensboro, NC)

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (West Bend, WI)

Zions Bank (Salt Lake City, UT)

 

In addition, Chandrika Tandon, chairman of Tandon Capital Associates and Soul Chants Music in New York City and Grammy-nominated musician, will be honored with the BCA Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals for their extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts and for encouraging other businesses to follow their lead.

 

Square and Cheyenne River Youth Project of San Francisco, CA and Eagle Butte, SD, respectively, will receive the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award. This award recognizes a company and arts organization (or artist) for an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two.

 

"We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities – truly setting a standard for other businesses to follow."
 
Join us in celebrating these companies and their exceptional partnership with the arts by purchasing tickets, placing an ad in the BCA 10 journal, or sponsoring the gala celebration.
 

 

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Arts and Business Spotlight: Portland General Electric BCA10 2010 Awardee

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Arts and Business Spotlight: Portland General Electric BCA10 2010 Awardee

Portland General Electric (PGE), Oregon’s largest electric utility, believes the arts have the power to educate, heal, and create a vibrant economy. When the PGE Foundation was permanently endowed in 1997, one of the three focus areas selected for grantmaking was arts and culture. The first arts grant the Foundation awarded, a $1.5 million grant to the Portland Art Museum, remains the largest single grant ever awarded by PGE. Since 1999, PGE and the PGE Foundation have contributed nearly $5 million to arts and culture.

 

PGE has demonstrated a dedication to incorporating the arts into its corporate culture, while also encouraging other area businesses to follow suit. PGE underwrote the creation of “Creative Differences,” a workplace diversity program the company co-developed with a local arts nonprofit.  What began as a program to teach PGE employees about cultural diversity was then marketed by the company to other area businesses, providing earned income to the nonprofit.

 

Other ways PGE has integrated the arts into its business strategy:  creating school plays with an arts nonprofit that teach children about electrical safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  These plays are performed free of charge to 20,000 students each year.  “Arts Contemplates Industry” brings local artists into historic PGE hydroelectric plants to make art which is then exhibited at PGE’s headquarters.  PGE underwrote the development of nonprofit board training for its employees by Business for Culture and the Arts (Portland).  Other businesses now use the program which is a source of revenue for BCA.

 

PGE is known as an early adopter and corporate leader on arts initiatives in Oregon.  The company helped the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) develop the Work for Art workplace giving campaign in 2004.  Every year since, Work for Art has grown at PGE, with the most recent campaign yielding a 38% increase over the year before. 

 

Through board leadership, testimony at public hearings and op-ed pieces in the local media, PGE advocates for the on-going sustainability of Oregon’s arts community.  The company was one of the first private funders of the Creative Advocacy Network that is developing a public funding mechanism for regional arts organizations.  The PGE Foundation also was the first private funder to support The Right Brain Initiative, a program of Young Audiences and RACC that is returning integrated arts education to the region’s public schools.

 

PGE spreads its funding from the largest performing arts companies to small arts education groups.  One year BCA recognized PGE for giving to 77 arts organizations – more than any other company in the region.  PGE’s arts funding has brought playwriting to at-risk youth; writing workshops to the homeless, mentally ill and elderly; visual arts and music to sick children in hospitals and African drumming to developmentally disabled children.

 

Photo: Photo of children painting giant butterflies at the Portland Children’s Museum, which is sponsored by Portland General Electric

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