Northwestern Mutual grants $1.4 million to literacy and higher education initiatives

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently donated 26 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to 23 Wisconsin nonprofits that promote childhood literacy and increase access to higher education.

Eighteen of the grants are focused on strengthening K through 12 reading programs that build academic aptitude and help increase high school graduation rates. The remaining eight grants support higher education programs, including scholarship awards for first generation college students.
“Few things shape the stability of a child’s life and a community’s future like education, and it all begins with being able to read,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “By investing in effective literacy programs, more children will be able to reach their full potential and we’ll build a stronger community.”
Organizations receiving a Northwestern Mutual literacy or education grant include:

  • Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee
  • City Year Milwaukee
  • Dominican High School
  • Institute for the Transformation of Learning Milwaukee
  • Marquette University High School
  • Messmer High School
  • Milwaukee College Preparatory School
  • Milwaukee Public Library Foundation
  • Reading Challenge in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Next Door Foundation
  • Notre Dame Middle School
  • Partners Advancing Values in Education
  • Pearls for Teen Girls
  • SHARP Literacy
  • St. Joan Antida High School
  • Teach For America
  • The Parenting Network
  • Urban Day School

Higher Education Grants include:

  • Alverno College
  • Carroll University
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee School Of Engineering
  • Scholarship America
  • UWM Foundation

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