Community Involvement

We're Making a Difference

In our Southern California and Nevada offices, our mission is to inspire people to realize their financial security dreams. Our mission is supported by the strength of Northwestern Mutual, a world-class financial institution that is over 160 years old. Consistent with our mission, we value philanthropy as way to make a significant impact in our local community. Parallel to the professional work we do in financial services, we wholeheartedly believe that our community service work will also inspire children and families to realize their dreams. To that end, we have chosen childhood cancer as a cause in which we are putting our collective energy, which aligns directly with the goals of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and our partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.


We're Raising Awareness and Funding for Childhood Cancer Research

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 years old, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, 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.

Every year, members of our organization impact the fight against childhood cancer by raising funds for life-saving research during the “Annual Race for Research” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since 2013, we have raised over $20,000 through this race. The donation, which was made to Alex's Lemonade Stand, has funded over 400 hours of research.


We're Leading by Example

In addition to Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles' 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 rebuilding neighborhoods, helping students succeed, broadening perspectives and opportunities for the disadvantaged, and improving the quality of life for people with life-altering illnesses.


We Support Kids with Special Needs

As part of a broader philanthropy effort to advance autism education and support services, we have developed an innovative internship program in partnership with local universities. In this program, we offer college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder a workplace experience so they can learn valuable job skills in a professional setting. Our program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual abilities but may face executive functioning and social challenges in an integrated environment. Our focus is on creating a paradigm shift in which we can apply the unique abilities of these individuals to our business needs. By providing mentorship, training, and a supportive culture, we enable these students to improve their quality of life in college and launch them into successful careers. 


We're Recognized for Our Dedication

Northwestern Mutual Downtown Los Angeles and its affiliated districts has been awarded the Childhood Cancer Impact Award by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. As part of its efforts to fund childhood cancer research and support families battling the disease, Northwestern Mutual partners with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise funds and awareness. Due to the exceptional service efforts by the local office, Starlight Children's Foundation will receive a $50,000 grant on their behalf.

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Philanthropic Highlights

We want to have an immediate impact on families in Southern California and Nevada facing childhood cancer and other debilitating illnesses. Some of our philanthropic highlights include the following:


Northwestern Mutual Hosted the Spectacular Sounds of Autism

Northwestern Mutual Los Angeles hosted The Spectacular Sounds of Autism, a fundraiser supporting autism awareness and services in higher education and employment through UCLA Semel Institute. All contributions towards the event helped to launch a pioneering program designed to prepare students with autism for success in academics and professional careers.


Northwestern Mutual Supports Alex's Lemonade Stand at Annual L.A. Love's Alex's Lemonade Event

Each year, Northwestern Mutual advisors and staff attend L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade, a fundraiser which benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand and their efforts to end childhood cancer. This year, the event raised over $1.3 million dollars from ticket sales, donations, and the live auction. Thank you to all who contributed to this important cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Northwestern Mutual Supports Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Northwestern Mutual – Los Angeles, through its Foundation, presented Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times®, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, with a $30,000 grant on behalf of our West Los Angeles office’s Associate Wealth Management Advisor, Scott Cohen, a Most Exceptional recipient of our company’s Community Service Award. The annual program honors the company’s financial professionals for extraordinary volunteer work. The grant was presented on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® Annual Walk for Kids. Our network office also raised $12,000 to support the cause.

Watch Scott’s story on YouTube to learn how his grant will be used to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.  

View the press release featured in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Northwestern Mutual Supports Advancing Autism Education and Services

As part of a broader philanthropy effort to advance autism education and support services, Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles has developed an innovative internship program in partnership with local universities, where we offer college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder a workplace experience so they can learn valuable job skills in a professional setting. Our program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual abilities, but may face executive functioning and social challenges in an integrated environment. Our focus is on creating a paradigm shift where we can apply the unique abilities of these individuals to our business needs. By providing mentorship, training, and a supportive culture, we enable these students to improve their quality of life in college, and launch them into successful careers.

In 2017, Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles partnered with Autism Works Now!, a non-profit organization focused on providing expressive movement therapy and workplace readiness skills for individuals with Autism and related disorders, on an afternoon of learning and fun.


Northwestern Mutual Supports Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles (via Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation) presented two doctors at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles with checks for research grants to fund their work in the fight against pediatric cancer. Dr. Sunhye Lee received a $150,000 check from Wealth Management Advisor Keith Wagner and Dr. Shahab Asgharzadeh received a $50,000 check from Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles.

View more photos from the CHLA check presentation ceremony.


Northwestern Mutual Supports the American Cancer Society

Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles is a proud sponsor and particpant of the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk." Our financial advisors, clients, and staff joined over 2,500 participants for a 3-mile walk at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles in support of breast cancer research, education, and patient services. Together, they raised over $185,000!

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Northwestern Mutual Supports the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA

Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles is a proud sponsor and particpant of the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA's 2016 Stair Climb for Los Angeles. At 1,005 feet, the US Bank Tower - just a few blocks from the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA - is home to the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. Our finacial advisors, clients, and staff raced up 1,664 steps (75 stories) in support of the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA. Our support, along with the support of others, has given children who attend the YMCA preschool in the Pico-Union District a safe and healthy place to learn and play.

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Northwestern Mutual Supports Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Our Southern California offices donated a check for $18,750 to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Along with our check donation, we had 15 volunteers prepare and distribute camper lunches, sing camp songs, and visit with campers, counselors, and parents. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times has helped thousands of children and their family members recapture hope, enthusiasm, and love of life in a medically and psychologically safe environment created especially for them. The Camp offers a variety of residential camping opportunities for cancer patients, their siblings and parents all year long.

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Northwestern Mutual Funds Remodeling of New Teen Lounge

Our Southern California and Nevada offices funded the remodeling of a new teen lounge to improve the life and health of patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The new, warm design resembles a coffee shop or lounge with the intention of easing stress and supporting the overall health and well-being of teen patients. The newly remodeled space includes a large flat-screen HDTV, egg-shaped reading chairs and an air hockey and pool table.

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Northwestern Mutual Hosts “A Night to Fight Childhood Cancer” Gala and Silent Auction

Our Southern California and Nevada offices hosted "A Night to Fight Childhood Cancer," an inaugural gala and silent auction that raises funds for research and support to families battling childhood cancer. The gala both celebrated the courageous children and their families who are fighting the daily battle against cancer, as well as highlighted the impactful work of the charities and hospitals that build hope and community awareness for the disease.

We raised over $250,000 through ticket sales and auction items, which benefitted three organizations: Alex's Lemonade Stand FoundationMattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and the GameChanger Charity.

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Northwestern Mutual Las Vegas Joins Forces with for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation to Host “A Day at the Park”

Our Las Vegas office joined forces with Candlighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada to host “A Day at the Park” at Sunset Park. This event treated 15 children affected by pediatric cancer and their families to a day of fun. Families feasted on BBQ and enjoyed games, a bouncy castle, face painting, and a balloon artist. Over 20 generous sponsors from Northwestern Mutual “adopted” the participating children. Each adopted child was provided with $100 worth of school essentials, including backpacks, supplies, and clothing. As an added bonus, children and their families were given season passes to the Cowabunga Bay water park!

With the support of Born and Raised (BAR), our Las Vegas office also hosted a fundraiser for this event. BAR generously donated all tips from the fundraiser to support Candlelighters’ ongoing fight against pediatric cancer.

   


Northwestern Mutual West Los Angeles Hosts “Great Escape” at World Challenge Golf Tournament

Our West Los Angeles office hosted 40 Starlight Children's Foundation family members to a “Great Escape” at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club. Starlight families experienced putting games, enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse, and watched top golfers like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Bubba Watson take on the course. Twenty Northwestern Mutual volunteers joined the Starlight families for a day of fun, friendship, and golf.

Learn how Great Escapes help families impacted by childhood cancer.

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Northwestern Mutual Las Vegas Hosts Ice Skating Great Escape

Our Las Vegas office joined forces with Candlighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada to host a "Great Escape" at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Children affected by pediatric cancer and their families enjoyed ice skating, sipping on hot chocolate, making s'mores and created lasting memories at the Cosmopolitan Ice Rink.

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Northwestern Mutual Las Vegas Hosts Holiday Great Escape At High Roller Ferris Wheel

Our Las Vegas office joined Candlighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada to host a holiday Great Escape at the High Roller Ferris Wheel. Eight families impacted by pediatric cancer enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa while taking in the stellar views from the High Roller, the world's tallest Ferris wheel. Families were treated to presents from each child's wish list in a truly memorable event.

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Northwestern Mutual West Los Angeles Donates “Fun Center” and iPads to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Our West Los Angeles office donated a mobile-entertainment “Fun Center” and two iPads to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. The “Fun Center” and iPads aim to provide entertainment and needed distraction for children receiving treatment for pediatric cancer. At the dedication ceremony, Northwestern Mutual and Starlight Children's Foundation representatives were joined by young celebrities Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Aramis Knight (Ender’s Game).

Learn more about Northwestern Mutual’s fight against childhood cancer.

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Northwestern Mutual Irvine Hosts “Great Escape” for Starlight Children's Foundation

Our Irvine office treated 50 Starlight Children's Foundation family members to a day at the ballpark. The Starlight families, joined by 25 Northwestern Mutual volunteers, cheered on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as they defeated the Houston Astros in a thrilling game. Starlight families enjoyed lunch and face-painting before the game.

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Northwestern Mutual Las Vegas Hosts “Great Escape” for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Our Las Vegas office hosted a “Great Escape” at the Mirage Hotel. This event treated 50 Starlight family members to a day at the world-famous Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Families enjoyed lunch, balloon animals, and exploring the exhibit. Over 20 volunteers from Northwestern Mutual joined the families for a day of fun and friendship.

Read about this Great Escape in the Las Vegas Sun.

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Northwestern Mutual Downtown Los Angeles Donates “Fun Centers” To Ventura County Medical Center

Our Downtown Los Angeles office donated two mobile-entertainment “Fun Centers” to Ventura County Medical Center. The “Fun Centers,” which feature a Wii video game system, aim to provide entertainment and needed distraction for children receiving treatment for pediatric cancer.

Find out more about our donation in the Ventura County Star.

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Northwestern Mutual Downtown Los Angeles Hosts Fitness Fundraiser

Our Downtown Los Angeles office hosted a Fitness Fundraiser - a family-oriented, fitness-themed event which raised funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation. Partnering with Starlight, 50 Northwestern Mutual representatives came together to raise over $15,000 to provide services to individual families fighting childhood cancer.

Learn more about Northwestern Mutual's fight against childhood cancer.

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