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Exemplary Volunteers Spotlighted Through $310,000 Donation by Northwestern Mutual
Nonprofits nationwide receive grants on behalf of Community Service Award recipients

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, Northwestern Mutual recognizes financial advisors who go above and beyond in giving back to local communities through its Community Service Awards program. Today, through its Foundation, the company announced a donation of more than $310,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the 2020 recipients.

"Our Community Service Awards program honors advisors who go above and beyond in an effort to lift up their communities nationwide through action," said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "Fueled by passion and commitment to service, these advisors continue to better the lives of others through volunteerism." 

As part of the award, each advisor is recognized with a grant to benefit a nonprofit he or she is involved with. Of the 16 winners, 12 have been recognized with a $15,000 grant. The remaining four winners have been honored as Most Exceptional across his or her region and each received a $25,000 grant. Six of this year's winners will also receive an additional $5,000 for supporting organizations with a connection to the company's Childhood Cancer Program.

Since 1995, the company has donated more than $6 million to nonprofits through the Community Service Awards program. The 2020 winners were announced at the company's regional meetings earlier this year, with grants to be presented to nonprofits at local events throughout the country.

2020 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners

Most Exceptional Winners ($25,000 grant)



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Jesse Bergland, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®, RICP®

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Deephaven, MN

Scott Cohen, CFP®, CLU®, CLTC®

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Los Angeles, CA

Marc Eisenshtat

Sunrise Day Camps

Farmingdale, NY

Chad Greer, CLU®

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

Nashville, TN

Outstanding Winners ($15,000 grant)

Jeff Dehne

Legacy Children's Foundation

Fargo, ND

Peter Derrenbacker, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

Samaritan Center

East Syracuse, NY

Brian Eder, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®



Lake Elmo, MN

Copley Gerdes, CLTC®

Love McKinley, Inc.

St. Petersburg, FL

Dan Grimm, CFP®, CLU® 


Evansville Rescue Mission

Evansville, IN

Mike Hendley, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

MUST Ministries

Atlanta, GA

Chau Le, CLU®, ChFC®,


UCLA Foundation – PEERS for Careers

Los Angeles, CA

Steve Owings, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, RICP®

Road Safe America, Inc.

Atlanta, GA

Wesley Richardson, CFP®, CLU®

The Backpack Project, Inc.

Charleston, WV

Cathy Suarez

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

San Antonio, TX

Eddie Terrell

Prisma Health Children's Hospital – Upstate

Greenville, SC

Richard Worrell, CFP®, CLU®

Veterans Bridge Home

Charlotte, NC

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 $370 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, personalized planning approach, Northwestern Mutual combines the expertise of its financial advisors with a digital experience to help its clients navigate their financial lives every day. With $272.2 billion in assets, $28.5 billion in revenues, and $1.8 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.5 million people with life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, and brokerage and advisory services. The company manages $128 billion of investments owned by its clients and held or managed through its wealth management and investment services businesses. Northwestern Mutual ranks 111 on the 2019 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2019.

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. 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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