Community Involvement

A Passion for Service, and a Heart for Giving

 

       

As part of the local community since 1995, the Northbrook district office of Northwestern Mutual – Chicago is building on a legacy of service and a tradition of giving. Our mission is simple: to improve lives and make a lasting impact on our local communities. We do it in several ways.

It starts with our support of Northwestern Mutual’s national philanthropic program to fight childhood cancer.  The goals of our program are twofold:  to help accelerate a cure for childhood cancer and to support families affected by this devastating disease.

We’re Raising Awareness and Funding for Childhood Cancer Research

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States.  Yet financial support for childhood cancer research remains vastly underfunded.  We’re on a mission to change that. We’re partnering with the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and our non-profit partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise critical dollars for research.

We’re Fighting Childhood Cancer ‘One Cup at A Time’

We’re helping raise funds by hosting lemonade stands in our communities.  Each year we take to the tees and host a golf fundraiser and participate in the Lemon: Chicago culinary event.

We’re sponsoring casual days in our office and hosting office olympics. Our team members are participating in races as charity runners.  In 2016, the inaugural “Hoops for Hope” raised more than $2,800.

In all, Northwestern Mutual – Chicago raised more than $225,000 which will help fund 4,500 hours of research.  But we’re not stopping there.  The work continues with more lemonade stands and other creative ways our team is engaging in this effort.

 

 We’re Supporting Kids and their Families

We also want to have an immediate impact on families in Chicago facing childhood cancer and other life-altering illnesses. In 2015, we began a partnership with the Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. We regularly engage our associates with days of service providing meals for families staying at one of the five local houses. 

In February, we put together more than 75 care packages for kids at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. The gift bags were filled with books, games, arts and crafts, fuzzy socks, lip balms, movie tickets and more donated by our financial professionals.

In 2016, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation recognized our philanthropic efforts with the Childhood Cancer Impact Award.  As part of this recognition, Northwestern Mutual - Chicago presented a $25,000 grant to support local programming at the Ronald McDonald House.

Our vision is simple: the world without childhood cancer.  And, we won’t stop until we achieve it.

We’re Leading by Example

In addition to Northwestern Mutual – Chicago’s commitment to fighting childhood cancer, our team members donate their time and talent – as well as their financial support to charities and causes that matter to them and our community.  They are helping to rebuild lives, empowering people to overcome obstacles.

We’re Recognized for Our Dedication

Our efforts are being recognized.  Northwestern Mutual – Chicago has received 30 Community Service Awards from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation – more than any other of the Northwestern Mutual 300 plus network offices nationwide.

In 2017, Fred O'Connor, a Financial Advisor in our Northbrook office, was recognized as the Most Exceptional Volunteer and awarded a $25,000 grant for Big Shoulders Fund. Watch Fred's story and what drives his involvement with Big Shoulders Fund in this You Tube video.

We applaud him and our past award recipient: Hobie Murnane, a Wealth Management Advisor in our Northbrook district office. Since 1989 he has actively volunteered with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois on both the Governing and Advisory Boards working to further BHGB’s mission to help academically capable and motivated children who are at-risk and in-need to meet their full potential.

Since the Community Service Award program started in 1995, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has funded more than $400,000 in grants to 16 different organizations in Chicago.  Learn more about our collective efforts at Northwestern Mutual - Chicago Community Involvement

Simply put, #NMChiCares.  Follow us on Twitter to see how we are impacting the lives of our clients, our firm members, our communities.

 

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