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Northwestern Mutual Backs Milwaukee Neighborhoods With More Than $1 Million in Grants
Donations fund community programs that contribute to safe, healthy neighborhoods

MILWAUKEE, July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, today announced more than $1 million in grants to 25 nonprofits through the company's neighborhood grants program. The grants will support initiatives dedicated to affecting change in the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods in Milwaukee. 

Northwestern Mutual. (PRNewsFoto/Northwestern Mutual)

Since 2013, Northwestern Mutual has invested in these neighborhoods, supporting nonprofits focused on fostering safe neighborhoods, healthy and thriving youth, strong families and quality education. More than 70,000 residents living in these areas benefit from the programming these organizations offer.

"The strength of our community is shown by the residents spearheading efforts in these neighborhoods, which will create a lasting impact," said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "With the support of local programs and organizations, they're influencing positive changes that will continue to drive Milwaukee toward a better tomorrow."

Teens Grow Greens Spotlight
One of this year's grant recipients is Teens Grow Greens, an organization that instills teenagers with valuable life skills through a nine-month paid internship. Over the duration of the internship, these teens plant, tend and harvest fresh produce at gardens in Milwaukee and then mentor elementary students on these skills. The grant will support the expansion of the program to the Amani neighborhood.

"Experiential learning in nature can have an incredible impact on helping children develop a sense of purpose," said Charlie Uihlein, executive director, Teens Grow Greens. "We're very thankful to be partnering with Northwestern Mutual to bring our program to the Amani neighborhood and help local youth discover their potential for growth."

Graduates of Teens Grow Greens complete their internships with resumes of work experience and supportive references. In fact, 93 percent of all graduates were able to obtain employment or attend pre-college programs during the summer of 2017, and all graduates have graduated or are on track to graduate high school.

2017 Neighborhood Grant Recipients:


ACTS Community Development Corporation

Artists Working in Education

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

COA Youth & Family Centers

Data You Can Use

Dominican Center for Women

Feeding America

Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion

Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center

Journey House

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Metcalfe Park Neighborhood Association

Milwaukee Christian Center

Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Neighborhood News Service


PEARLS for Teen Girls

Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation

Safe & Sound

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Sojourner Family Peace Center

Teens Grow Greens

The Parenting Network

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

Locally, Northwestern Mutual also collaborates with partners to improve education and make Milwaukee a great place to live, work and play. Nationally, the company supports research to find a cure for childhood cancer.

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 $300 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 160 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach including both insurance and investments, we empower people to be financially confident so they can live life differently. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience to help our clients navigate their financial lives every day. With $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 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 holds more than $100 billion of client assets as a part of its wealth management company 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 2017.

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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