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Northwestern Mutual gifts $225,000 to Milwaukee-area nonprofits
Employees nominate local organizations during annual Days of Sharing program

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is recognizing organizations that improve the Milwaukee community by awarding $225,000 in grants to deserving nonprofits. Through its Days of Sharing program, 25 local organizations will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 on behalf of Northwestern Mutual employees. The annual campaign, which is now in its eighth year, awards grants based on employee nominations.

"Our Days of Sharing program is a very personal way of supporting our community," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "By encouraging employees to nominate organizations close to their hearts, we are aligning our employees' passions and helping to shape a stronger future."

The winning organizations were chosen throughout the month of November. This year, more than 500 employees nominated their nonprofits of choice. Employees were surprised by the announcement their nonprofits had won – watch their reactions here.

2015 Days of Sharing recipient organizations

Alverno College

Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals

Bayview Neighborhood Association

National Kidney Foundation

Center for Communication Hearing & Deafness

Next Door Foundation

Cynthia's Breast Cancer Giving Circle

Northwest Catholic School

Elmbrook Hockey Association

Philippine Cultural & Civic Center

Greendale Friends of Music

Racine Habitat for Humanity

Industries for the Blind

South Milwaukee Human Concerns

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Special Spaces Wisconsin

March of Dimes

United Community Center

Marguerite M. Pavlic-Gostomski Scholarship (UWM Foundation)

Washington County Humane Society

Milwaukee Irish Arts

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Wings of Angels (at Children's Hospital of WI)

Milwaukee Mustangs Track Club

As part of the program, employees were also encouraged to vote from a list of nonprofits that could receive grants totaling $125,000. This year, the company's five employee choice grants were awarded to Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Diverse & Resilient, Make a Wish Wisconsin and Best Buddies. Since 2007, the company has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants on behalf of its employees through Days of Sharing.

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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