As Northwestern Mutual rings in its 150th year of business, the company's Sesquicentennial is highlighted by its national Community Service Award program, which donates $265,000 to 25 non-profit organizations across the U.S. served by the winning representatives. The annual competition, open to more than 9,000 representatives of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.

Twenty-four "Outstanding Volunteers," are recognized and honored for their achievements with a grant of $10,000 to each organization they represent. One "Most Exceptional Volunteer" is named and awarded a $25,000 grant for their designated non-profit.

"Our company has made it a priority to give back to the communities where our financial representatives serve," said Ed Zore, President & CEO of Northwestern Mutual. "Our Community Service Award program is designed to salute our representatives for their dedicated community service and to lend financial support to their respective organizations."

Zore noted that since Northwestern Mutual started the award program in 1995, the company has donated more than $2.2 million dollars on behalf of its representatives to over 200 non-profit organizations nationwide. "For 150 years we have encouraged our representatives to be active in their communities, and our company is honored to contribute to local groups that have a positive impact on people's lives," he added.

Now in its 13th year, the Community Service Award program is open to any full-time Financial Representative or Associate Financial Representative who is actively involved in a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Representatives may submit entries themselves or be nominated by another colleague. A panel of judges selects the winners based on their commitment, dedication and hands-on volunteer involvement.

The program is funded by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which has donated more than $70 million to national and Milwaukee-area nonprofit organizations in the past five years. For decades, the Company has been committed to improving the quality of life by concentrating its charitable contributions in the areas of education, health and human services, and the arts and culture.

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) has been serving the financial needs of its policyowners and clients for 150 years. The company, with over $1 trillion of life insurance protection in force, maintains the highest available ratings for insurance financial strength from all four major rating agencies: Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings, A. M. Best and Moody's.

For 24 years, a FORTUNE magazine survey has named Northwestern Mutual "America's Most Admired" company in the life/health insurance industry. Further information on Northwestern Mutual, its subsidiaries and affiliates can be found at: http:/www.nmfn.com.

Following are the 2007 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award winners:

                             2007 CSA Winners

   Winner's Name        Organization Represented           City, State

   Mitchell Barnes      The DREAM Foundation, Inc.         Louisville, KY

   Carol Boeckley       PregnancyCare of Cincinnati        West Chester, OH

   Regina Browning      Micah Ministry                     Kansas City, MO

                        Volunteers for Symphony, Quad City
   Brian Burke          Symphony Orchestra Association     Davenport, IA

                        Pacific Skyline Council, Boy
   Larry Christenson    Scouts of America                  Menlo Park, CA

                        The Traffic Squad Safety and
   Donley DeGroot       Community Action Fund, Inc.        Grand Rapids, MI

                        Junior Achievement of Southern
   Jeremy Dicker        California, Inc.                   Los Angeles, CA

                        Juvenile Diabetes Research
   Alysia Evans         Foundation                         Metairie, LA

   Joseph Fallon, Jr.   Child Guidance Clinic of Texoma    Sherman, TX

                        Partnership for People with
   Henry Fine           Disabilities                       Richmond, VA

                        Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer
   Calvin Finn          Foundation                         Hoisington, KS

   Jamie Garard         W.I.T.S. (Working in the Schools)  Chicago, IL

                        Helping Everyone at Risk Today
   Nancy Albert Kaufman Fund (H.E.A.R.T.)                  Dallas, TX

                        Berkley Williamson Koon Heart
                        Fund (St. Louis Childrens Hospital
   Christopher Koon     Foundation)                        St. Louis, MO

                        Big Brothers Big Sisters of
   Michael Leverty      Northwestern Wisconsin             Hudson, WI

   Frederick Longacre   Harbor Island Conservancy, Inc.    New York, NY

   Tara MacDougall      Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Nashville, TN

   William Moylan       Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa     Davenport, IA

   Jerry Nichols        International College, Inc.        Naples, FL

   Bruce Pope           Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Columbia, SC

   Robert Rice          Humphrey's Diabetes Center         Boise, ID

   Steven Saber         Kyle's Korner                      Brookfield, WI

   Dick Tash            Wildwood Christian Academy         Big Canoe, GA

   Stephen Thorpe       Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Waterloo, IA

   Roberto Weinstein    Easter Seals Southern California   San Diego, CA

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