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Northwestern Mutual Gives more than $1 Million in Support of Milwaukee Neighborhoods
Funding provides access to programs and support systems in an effort to stimulate positive change

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Milwaukee residents within the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods are serving as catalysts to set priorities, bring development and change within their local communities. To show its commitment and support to these residents and the city, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is awarding more than $1 million to nonprofits serving these Milwaukee communities through the company's neighborhoods grants program.

Since 2013, Northwestern Mutual has invested in the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods where data demonstrated the most opportunity for improvement within Milwaukee. Financial and volunteer support has been given to nonprofit organizations advancing four outcomes in the neighborhoods: safe neighborhoods; healthy and thriving youth; strong families and quality education. 

"What we invest in today will shape our communities tomorrow; by empowering residents to achieve what they want for their children, families and neighborhoods, we are seeing measurable improvements that contribute to a stronger city," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "These grants support some of Milwaukee's most historic neighborhoods, ensuring safe, healthy and thriving communities for generations to come." 

As part of its neighborhood grants program, Northwestern Mutual collaborates with skilled partners to create both public and private partnerships in order to achieve collective impact resulting in systemic and sustainable change. The company uses funding, provides volunteers and convenes key stakeholders in order to have residents implement best practices in the community. Northwestern Mutual also is a part of the Community Development Alliance, which brings together other funders and organizations to attract additional resources to improve neighborhoods throughout the city.

2015 Neighborhood Grant Recipients


ACTS Community Development Corporation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

COA Youth & Family Centers

Dominican Center for Women, Inc.

Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin

Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center Inc.

Hunger Task Force

Journey House

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

Kiva Microfunds

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Milwaukee

Metcalfe Park Building Neighborhood Capacity Program

Milwaukee Christian Center, Inc.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater


The Parenting Network

Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation

Safe & Sound

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

Sojourner Family Peace Center

United Community Center

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee

Community Collaborations (in partnership with Zilber Family Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation )

Community Connections Small Grants

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Partners for Places

All grant recipients are required to show measureable impact and results of their programs.

In addition to its neighborhood grant program, Northwestern Mutual is committed to improving the lives of Milwaukee children and families in need through third grade reading proficiency efforts, its Childhood Cancer Program and making Milwaukee a great place to live and work.

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 $290 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.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With more than $230 billion in assets, $27 billion in revenues and more than $1.5 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.2 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, 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, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.


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