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Northwestern Mutual announces Days of Sharing grant winners
Employee-nominated nonprofits will receive $100,000

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is awarding 25 grants totaling $100,000 to local nonprofits on behalf of winners in Northwestern Mutual's Days of Sharing campaign. The annual program encourages employees to nominate local nonprofits they care deeply about to receive grant funds in their name.


*** Watch us surprise this year's Days of Sharing winners in this YouTube video ***

"Northwestern Mutual employees have a long history of giving back to the community," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation.  "This is a unique way for us to recognize and honor the passion that employees have for strengthening the places where we live and work."

More than 770 Northwestern Mutual employees nominated their favorite local nonprofit as part of the Days of Sharing program this year. The 25 winning employees and nonprofits were chosen at random throughout the month of November and range in amount from $1,000 to $10,000.

2012 Days of Sharing Winners

Nonprofit Organization

Northwestern Mutual Employee

Nonprofit Organization

Northwestern Mutual Employee

Hartland Arrowhead School - Broadway Company

Thomas Krajewski

Vital Voices for Mental Health

Diep Graham

Milwaukee Gay Arts Center

James McFarland

Wisconsin Parkinson's Association

Susan Rognsvoog

Running Rebels Community Organization

Avery Harris

Alzheimer's Association

Cindi Vasquez

Shorewood Intermediate School

Parvati Pillai

Bay View Community Center

Alexander Nepple

Tosa Cares

Kim Nelson

Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Julie Knox

Cynthia's Breast Cancer Giving Circle (CBCGC) Inc.

Shanita Rowsey

Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund)

Elizabeth Whitcomb

Family Promise of Washington County

Allyson Bubb

Woodland Pattern Book Center

Lisa Corona

My Good Mourning Place

Joseph Marshall

LeRoy Butler Breast Cancer Foundation

Suzanne Balistreri

Ozaukee Family Services

Daniel Switalski

Lutheran Social Services - Birth to Three Program

Rebecca Mitchell

St. Matthew's School - Oak Creek

Kelly Koronkowski

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Wisconsin Chapter

Rochelle Thomas

Howard Avenue Montessori School

Amanda Moore

Next Door Foundation Inc.

Erica Kieffer

Milwaukee Chinese Community Center

Xiaohe Wang

VSA Wisconsin

Matt Vobejda

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Rebecca Reynolds

Additionally, more than 1,000 Northwestern Mutual employees donate a collective 21,000 hours each year to community volunteer efforts, including mentoring, serving on nonprofit boards and participating in charity drives.

In the program's five-year history, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in grants on behalf of its employees.

Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate foundation in the state of Wisconsin – is to build strong, vibrant communities that serve as a legacy to future generations. The Foundation's giving is designed to create an impact on the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. In fiscal year 2013, the Foundation will contribute $16.9 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.  Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability 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; and Russell Investments.

SOURCE Northwestern Mutual

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