Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Edie Turnbull
John Kordsmeier
John Kordsmeier


Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
720 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Since 1992, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation have set out to improve the lives of children and families nationally and throughout southeastern Wisconsin through financial support, volunteerism, leadership and collaboration.

The company regularly supports forward-thinking programs that have a lasting impact on the communities it serves.

Since 1992, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has donated $290 million to nonprofits across the country.

The company supports causes its employees believe in. Each winter, Northwestern Mutual hosts a Days of Sharing Program, in which it awards $225,000 in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations nominated by its employees.

In 2014, Northwestern Mutual employees logged more than 25,000 volunteer hours valued at more than $550,000, and more than 125 employees serve on various boards of directors throughout the community.

Northwestern Mutual’s Volunteer Support Program honors any employee who has donated at least 40 hours of service with a $500 grant to a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. More than 350 employees participated in the program last year.

Additionally, the company’s Community Service Awards reward financial representatives who have served their communities by donating $15,000 grants to nonprofit organizations of their choice.

Nationally, Northwestern Mutual is focused on supporting the fight against childhood cancer. In 2012, the company launched the Childhood Cancer Program.

Northwestern Mutual and its network have raised more than $8 million for the cause, which has funded more than 53,000 hours of treatment research.

Locally, the company is focused on education and programs that build fundamental literacy skills among students from preschool to third grade.

According to a Milwaukee Succeeds report from 2014, more than 84 percent of third graders in Milwaukee were not proficient in reading.

This year alone, Northwestern Mutual contributed $1.7 million in grants to educational programs from organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth & Family Centers and Penfield Children’s Center.

The company also supports collaborative education efforts financially and by partnering with organizations such as Milwaukee Succeeds, Milwaukee Public Schools, Teach for America, Schools that Can Milwaukee and City Year.

Improving the quality of life for Milwaukee residents of all ages encourages positive change throughout the community. Its commitment stems from the company’s desire to make its hometown an attractive place to live, work and play.

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