MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 26, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $285,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations nationwide through its 17th annual Community Service Award program. The annual competition, open to more than 11,500 Northwestern Mutual financial representatives and interns, recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.

Richard Worrell, CLU, CFP is Northwestern Mutual’s “Most Exceptional Volunteer” for his dedication to Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Inc. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is awarding a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit in his honor. A Charlotte resident, Worrell is a Northwestern Mutual managing director.

“Richard makes positive contributions for both clients and the community,” said Northwestern Mutual Foundation president Kimberley Goode. “This effort, along with many others supported by the Northwestern Mutual field force, helps us secure future generations, and we’re excited to see Easter Seals UCP and Richard continue their essential work in Charlotte.

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is also recognizing and honoring 25 “Outstanding Volunteers” for their achievements with a grant of $10,000 to each respective organization they represent (see list of winners below). Since the program’s inception, over $3 million dollars has been contributed to more than 300 nonprofit organizations nationwide.

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              Grant               Office
First Name     Organization       Amount       Office City       State
James (Richard) Worrell, Jr., CLU, CFP     Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia       $25,000       Charlotte       NC
Walter Zimmerman     The Sertoma Club of Mesa       $10,000       Phoenix       AZ
Ronald Crimins, CLU, CFP     Success Through Education, Inc.       $10,000       Woodland Hills       CA
Jeremy Dicker     Junior Achievement of Southern California, Inc.       $10,000       Los Angeles       CA
Larry Christenson, CLU, ChFC     Pacific Skyline Council, Boy Scouts of America       $10,000       San Francisco       CA
Herb Foedisch, CLU, CFP     St. Vincent DePaul Society, District Council of Marin       $10,000       San Francisco       CA
Scott Theodore, CLU, ChFC, CFP     Karl Mecklenburg's Reach Foundation       $10,000       Denver       CO
Jerry Nichols, CLU, ChFC     Hodges University       $10,000       Ft. Lauderdale       FL
Rita Loventhal     Greater Atlanta Hadassah       $10,000       Atlanta       GA
Carrie Dudley     Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa       $10,000       Davenport       IA
Thomas Canale, CLU, CFP     Envision Unlimited       $10,000       Chicago       IL
Brett Gilliland     Swing Fore Hope       $10,000       Glen Carbon       IL
Steven Braun, CLU     Partnership For Cures       $10,000       Northbrook       IL
Sean Ramsey     Lord’s Pantry at Anna’s House       $10,000       Oak Brook       IL
Mark Wise, CLU, ChFC     The Timmy Foundation       $10,000       Indianapolis       IN
Mitchell Barnes, CLU, ChFC     Dream Foundation       $10,000       Louisville       KY
Damian Calato     Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area       $10,000       Baton Rouge       LA
David Capo, CLU, ChFC     Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans       $10,000       Metairie       LA
Ronald Bullis     Ella Bullis Foundation       $10,000       Grand Rapids       MI
Donley DeGroot, CLU, ChFC     Traffic Squad Safety & Comm. Action Fund       $10,000       Grand Rapids       MI
Bruce Briney, CLU     Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation       $10,000       Portage       MI
Terry Foxworth     United Way of Henderson County       $10,000       Asheville       NC
Stanley Shearer, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CLTC     Reach Ministries International (DBS Reach Workcamps)       $10,000       Youngstown       OH
Troy Davis     Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation       $10,000       King of Prussia       PA
Rose Spang, CLU     Alverno College       $10,000       Milwaukee       WI
Carl Rickmeier, III     Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities       $10,000       Sheboygan       WI
                               

About the Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation 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 2011, the Foundation contributed more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual), the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 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.