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 -
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
CONTACT: Felicia Bogdanski of Northwestern Mutual, +1-800-323-7033,
Web site: http://www.northwesternmutual.com/