Northwestern Mutual Recognizes Outstanding Company Volunteerism with Nearly $300,000 Donation


From connecting families with housing and food resources to providing valuable mentorship opportunities to local youth, Northwestern Mutual financial advisors are leading impactful change in their communities across the country. Through its Foundation, the company is recognizing these efforts through its 2019 Community Service Awards program by awarding nearly $300,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Community Service Awards program. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has donated nearly $6 million to nonprofits on behalf of program winners. This program highlights the exemplary volunteer service of 16 company volunteers who have demonstrated their work with local organizations.

Twelve of the company’s financial advisors have been recognized with a $15,000 grant to benefit a community nonprofit to which he or she has dedicated time and support. Two of this year’s winners will receive an additional $5,000 for volunteering with an organization involved in the fight against childhood cancer, the national philanthropic focus area of the Foundation. An additional winner from each of the four regions has been distinguished as Most Exceptional, and received $25,000 for their organization.

“Every year I’m amazed by the commitment our advisors have for nonprofit support in their communities,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Giving back is such an integral piece of our company culture, and our Community Service Award winners truly embody this through the meaningful work they’re accomplishing.”

The 2019 winners were announced at the company’s regional meetings earlier this year, with grants presented to nonprofits at local events throughout the country.

2019 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners

Most Exceptional Winners ($25,000 grant)
NameOrganizationOffice Location
Steven Braun, CLU®Cures Within ReachChicago, IL
Mike Campbell, MSFSBlue Angels FoundationAtlanta, GA
Sherry Finkel Murphy, CFP®, RICP®Wellspring (DVRC of Saratoga County)Albany, NY
Alex Rosenblatt, CLTC®San Francisco General Hospital FoundationSan Francisco, CA
Outstanding Winners ($15,000 grant)
NameOrganizationOffice Location
Ralph Barringer, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®Heuser Hearing and Language AcademyLouisville, KY
Garin Demirjian, CLTC®LA Family Housing CorporationLos Angeles, CA
Cullen Douglass, CFP®Family and Children’s ServicesNashville, TN
Dunn Perrault & AssociatesAtlas Preparatory School and Early Connections Learning CentersColorado Springs, CO
Nate Fikse, CLU®, CLF®, ChFC®UCLA Health Operation MendNewport Beach, CA
Meagan Isselhard, CFP®Christian Activity CenterFairview Heights, IL
Michael Matone, CLU®, ChFC®Butler HospitalEast Greenwich, RI
Hank MeyersHolocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and EducationPark Ridge, NJ
Peter Mortka, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital RegionAlbany, NY
Mark Rizzo, CLU®, ChFC®, ChSNC®, AEP®, CASL®Family Service Association of Greater Elgin AreaSchaumburg, IL
Kyle Smith, CFP®, CLU®, RICP®Chicago Community ToolBankSkokie, IL
Joshua Waite, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®Dax FoundationPeoria, IL