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.

Learn more about our fight against childhood cancer.


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’s 2018 Rose Parade Float Raises Awareness for the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Northwestern Mutual is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rose Bowl Game. The company is using the opportunity to raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer through the 129th Rose Parade. The theme of the Northwestern Mutual float, “Letting Kids Be Kids,” will feature childhood cancer patients who rediscovered their happiness through camp experiences and some of the champions who made those experiences possible. Scott Cohen, an associate wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual — West Los Angeles, will be featured on the float in recognition of 10 years volunteering with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.

Learn more about the positive impact of camp for patients battling cancer by watching this video.


Northwestern Mutual Supports the American Cancer Society

Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles is a proud participant and sponsor 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.

Leading up to the walk, our office participated in weekly fundraisers to support the event. These fundraisers included a bake sale and a contest for wearing pink on Wednesdays. Because of these efforts and the leadership of our Director of Career Development, Michelle Lorenzi, we had a record-breaking year for fundraising for our office!


Northwestern Mutual Hosts "Spectacular Sounds of Autism" Benefit Concert

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.

We raised over $150,000 at the event, which benefitted the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Northwestern Mutual Supports Innovative Cancer Research

In affiliation with the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Alex's Lemonade Stand, Dr. Steven Jonas was selected to receive the Young Investigator award, a grant of $150,000 over three years. The Young Investigator grant is given to the best and brightest early career scientists to encourage and steer promising researchers toward long-term careers in pediatric oncology investigation. Team members from our Downtown Los Angeles office and West Los Angeles office had the opportunity to take a tour of cancer research labs, participate in demos, and meet the researchers on Dr. Jonas' team after presenting the grant check in-person at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. Dr. Jonas expressed his gratitude for the program. "Your generosity enables our group to access critical resources that allow us to step up to the plate and drive new innovations for our patients not just at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital but patients everywhere."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 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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