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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