The Partners Group Celebrates a Successful Year by Giving Back through a Company-Wide Volunteering Program

Portland, Ore, December 30, 2013 — Despite the fourth quarter being the busiest time of year at The Partners Group, they are celebrating two months of holiday giving this year with a formal company-wide volunteer program December through January, in lieu of a company party. This growing company is allowing all 100 of its employees to volunteer in the community on paid company time.

The Partners Group holiday volunteering program started five years ago when the economy burst and has continued to evolve into a bigger and more formalized program every year. According to Doreen Barnhouse, VP of Operations, “When The Partners Group started this program, we realized how fortunate we were after experiencing our friends, family and clients lose their jobs, homes and businesses. Although our business sustained some losses we were still operating profitably with no loss of jobs, and we wanted to give back as a company”. The Partners Group decided that instead of having a big holiday party with elaborate gifts at each of its offices, they would give back to their communities by allowing each employee to volunteer a day during the holiday season. Everyone volunteers at The Partners Group, including President and CEO Rod Cruickshank, all of the company’s founding partners, CFO Jake Shafer, and Barnhouse.

According to Shelley Sharp, Marketing Coordinator and a newly added employee, “After working for this company for a couple months, I’ve been very impressed with how the employees are treated and valued, and how we are actually paid to spend time volunteering.” This year The Partners Group selected multiple charities, and then teams of employees are volunteering together for a good portion of a day. TPG also is giving monetary donations to each the selected organizations. In 2013-14 five charitable organizations in Portland alone have been chosen including:

  1. Store to Door (  Volunteers shop for homebound seniors at a local Fred Meyer.
  2. Portland Rescue Mission (   Volunteers served coffee, washed windows, and performed other miscellaneous duties.
  3. Salvation Army ( ):  Volunteers sorted toys at the distribution center and helped people select free toys to give to their children as Christmas gifts.
  4. Habitat for Humanity ( ):  Volunteers will be helping with the building of homes for low-income families.
  5. Oregon Dog Rescue (  Various duties will be performed.

Rod Cruickshank, President and CEO, says “This is a time for us to enjoy working as a team as we give back, and we have fun in the process.  It is also a beneficial process for helping employees to work together with other departments, further building our team atmosphere.”  Additionally The Partners Group employees are encouraged to volunteer during the year on paid company time as part of the company’s wellness program, which encourages personal, family, community and environmental activities for employees.

About The Partners Group

The Partners Group, with offices in Portland and Bend, Ore., and Bellevue, Wash., is a locally owned, independent financial services, risk management, commercial insurance and employee benefit consulting firm. Driven by an unswerving commitment to its clients, it develops partnerships that ensure extraordinary solutions. The Partners Group is a founding member of Collaboration Centric Solutions (C2), the nation’s 5th largest privately held insurance firm serving over 1 million households in the U.S. For more information, visit

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Employee Benefits

The Employee Benefits Division of The Partners Group serves the employee benefit needs of over 500 West Coast employers, with offices in Portland, Lake Oswego, and Bend, OR; Bellevue, WA; and Bozeman MT. Our benefits consulting team specializes in providing a highly-consultative approach coupled with problem-solving wellness analytics, to help employers reduce healthcare costs, improve employee health, and create long-term health plan stability.

Business Consulting

The Business Consulting Division of The Partners Group is dedicated to consulting with healthcare systems and jumbo employers to manage the health and well being of their employees, families, and communities. Our focus is to provide an innovative, solution-oriented service that capitalizes on data to pinpoint potential problems. Whether it be uncovering potential sources of escalating healthcare costs, or other anomalies in data, this service provides endless, problem-solving advantages to a variety of industries.

Commercial Insurance

The Partners Group Commercial Insurance Division manages the business risks for hundreds of employers. We provide an unmatched depth and breadth in commercial insurance and risk management services combined with extraordinary people who possess an unusual ability to connect on a personal level. We work hard to understand the unique risks and exposures of your business, and identify the solutions to provide the right coverage for the right price. As an independent company The Partners Group can tailor solutions to work specifically for you, even creating new policies and programs, if that’s what you need.

Private Client Services

The Partners Group Private Client Services Division advises business owners and high income shareholder groups comprising just over 3,200 successful individuals, families and medical professionals on investment services, retirement planning, and personal insurance. We’ve been in business for over 30 years as a privately held company based in the Northwest, and we’re here to stay. Additionally, we are not tied to products and plans. We provide various platforms and a multitude of options to fit your needs, which can change over time as your life changes. When you work with TPG Private Client Services, you’re dealing with the shareholders of this firm, and we are honored to play a role your life, your family’s lives, and your next generation’s lives.