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Northwestern Mutual Honors Outstanding Volunteers with Nearly $300,000 in Grants
Company donates to nonprofits nationwide through annual Community Service Award program

MILWAUKEE, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- To recognize community impact demonstrated through volunteerism by its financial advisors, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, announced today it is awarding nearly $300,000 in grants to support nonprofits nationwide through its 2018 Community Service Awards program.

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"Volunteerism takes drive, dedication and perseverance, which is why we created our Community Service Awards program," said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "We're proud to honor our financial advisors who tirelessly commit to causes and organizations that are meaningful to them and the communities they serve."

Since 1995, the Foundation has donated more than $5.4 million to nonprofits through its Community Service Awards program. This year's winners were recently announced at the company's regional meetings, with grants presented to nonprofits at local events across the country.

Twelve financial professionals have each been awarded a $15,000 grant to benefit a local nonprofit to which he or she has dedicated his or her time and support. An additional winner in each of the four regions of the country has been recognized as Most Exceptional, receiving $25,000 for their organization. Two of this year's Most Exceptional winners are each receiving an added $5,000 for volunteering with an organization focused on childhood cancer, the company's national philanthropic cause.

2018 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners

Most Exceptional Winners ($25,000 grant)



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Ronald Beshear, CLU®

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Cincinnati, OH

Kevin Bode

Knead Community Café

New Kensington, PA

David Silver, CFP®, CLU®, CLTC®

The Children's Cancer Center

Tampa, FL

Royce Zimmerman, CPA, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Bags of Fun, Gabby Krause Foundation

Denver, CO

Outstanding Winners ($15,000 grant)



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David Feldman, CLU®, ChFC®

Dr. Ted Chamberlain Interfaith Initiative at Eastern University

Boston, MA

Al Flanagan, CLU®, CFP®

Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation

Tyler, TX

Julie Hetland, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, CFP®

Jack's Basket

Minneapolis, MN

Steve Izuno

UCLA Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

Tara Martin

Behind the Smile

Gadsden, AL

Michael Mathews, CFP®, CLU®, CASL®, ChFC®

Servants at Work

Indianapolis, IN

Kate Michaels, CLF®

Dress for Success – Rochester

East Syracuse, NY

William Newman, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region

Albany, NY

Sean Pickett, CLU®

Near West Little League

Chicago, IL

Jason Robinson, CFP®, CLU®, CLTC®

Junior Achievement

Tucson, AZ

John Van Der Hyde

World Pediatric Project

Richmond, VA

Sharon Zimmerman, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Social Advocates for Youth

Santa Rosa, CA

To hear the stories of this year's Most Exceptional winners, visit YouTube: Ronald Beshear, Kevin Bode, David Silver, Royce Zimmerman.

About Northwestern Mutual Foundation
The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $320 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination. Visit Northwestern Mutual Foundation to learn more.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for more than 160 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach, we empower our clients to make the most of every single day and plan for important moments in their future. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience to help our clients navigate their financial lives every day. With $265.0 billion in assets, $28.1 billion in revenues, and more than $1.8 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.5 million people who rely on us for life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, brokerage and advisory services, trust services, and discretionary portfolio management solutions. The company manages more than $125 billion of client assets through its wealth management and investment services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 97 on the 2017 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2018.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).


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