Northwestern Mutual is honoring the charitable work of a select group of network representatives by donating a total of $265,000 from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to 25 non-profit organizations around the country. These donations are part of the company's annual Community Service Award program, which is open to more than 9,000 network representatives of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Recognizing exemplary dedication to charitable organizations, twenty-five network representatives are honored with a grant to each organization they represent. One network representative is selected as the "Most Exceptional Volunteer" and receives a $25,000 grant to their designated non-profit, with the other twenty-four honorees receiving a $10,000 grant to their respective organizations.

"Giving back to the community is an important part of our company's culture," said Northwestern Mutual President and CEO Edward J. Zore. "The Community Service Award is a great way to recognize our representatives for their dedicated community service and promote our company's culture of charity and volunteerism."

Zore notes that since Northwestern Mutual started the award program in 1995, the company has donated more than $2 million dollars on its representatives' behalf to over 200 non-profit organizations across the country. "We're pleased to support their ongoing efforts and honor such remarkable accomplishments," Zore added.

Now in its 12th year, the Community Service Award program is open to any full-time network 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 $73 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), the nation's largest direct provider of individual life insurance, according to statistics compiled from A. M. Best data, has always received the best possible insurance financial strength ratings from Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings, A. M. Best and Moody's. The company has also been recognized as one of the "50 Best Companies to Sell For," by Selling Power magazine (2005).

The company, its subsidiaries and affiliates are also providers of annuities, mutual funds, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance and employee benefit services to the group employee and executive markets. These products and services are distributed through the representatives of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Among Northwestern Mutual's affiliated companies are those that comprise the Russell Investment Group, which provide investment management and advisory services; Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), a wholly-owned company of Northwestern Mutual, broker-dealer and member NASD and SIPC; and Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, a wholly-owned company of Northwestern Mutual, limited purpose federal savings bank and a registered investment adviser which provides financial planning, investment management and trust services. A subsidiary, Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, offers long-term care insurance.

Following are the 2006 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award winners:

         2006 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners


  Winner's Name           Organization Represented        City, State

  Lesley Day -
  (MOST
   EXCEPTIONAL            Camp Carolina Trails-American
   VOLUNTEER)               Diabetes Association          Raleigh, NC

  Lorne Adrain            National Neighborhood Day       Providence, RI

  Howard Arend            The School of Urban Studies     Sherwood, OH

  Kenneth Brown           Acorn Fund - Connecticut
                          Urban Education Fund            Branford, CT

  David Capo              Junior Achievement of
                          Greater New Orleans             New Orleans, LA

  Richard Durnwald        Junior Achievement of
                          Southwest Florida               Fort Meyers, FL

  James Ford              United Way of Roanoke Valley    Roanoke, VA

  Sandra Goodwin          ChildLaw Services               Princeton, WV

  Chad Greer              Nashville Safe Haven
                          Family Shelter                  Nashville, TN

  Thomas Herman           United Way of Williams County   Bryan, OH

  Jody Johnston III       Fellowship of Christian
                          Athletes                        Houston, TX

  Jay Kersey              Back2Back Ministries            Cincinnati, OH

  Bill Koch               Junior Achievement of
                          Florida's First Coast           Jacksonville, FL

  David Lively            Transplant Speakers
                          International                   Kingsport, TN

  Jeanne Lowrey           Arizona Blind & Deaf
                          Children's Foundation           Phoenix, AZ

  Corey McQuade           Near West Little League         Chicago, IL

  Becky McSwain           Young Life of Manatee County    Bradenton, FL

  Robert Muzikowski       Chicago Hope Academy            Chicago, IL

  Jim Olson               Children's Hospital & Health
                          Center                          San Diego, CA

  Phil Owen               Etowah County Cancer
                          Foundation                      Gadsen, AL

  Ken Wagar               Yakima Schools Foundation       Yakima, WA

  Thomas Walder           McGaw YMCA                      Chicago, IL

  Robert Waltos           Cystic Fibrosis Foundation      Anaheim, CA

  David Wilbanks          Junior Achievement of West
                          Central Florida                 Fort Meyers, FL

  Walter Zimmerman        Sertoma Club of Mesa            Mesa, AZ

SOURCE: Northwestern Mutual

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