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We believe in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin

Now, more than ever, we believe it’s a great time to live and work here. That’s why we’re committed to improving education, revitalizing our neighborhoods and supporting prominent local destinations. Some of the ways we are making a difference:

Northwestern Mutual Youth Voice Project offers a mentorship to help local students excel.

Northwestern Mutual Youth Voice Project offers a mentorship to help local students excel.

Supporting collaborative partnerships in our community at the MANDI

Supporting collaborative partnerships in our community at the MANDI


IMPROVING EDUCATION

Access to a quality education lays the groundwork for a strong community, which is why supporting education for Milwaukee’s youth is one of our top priorities. We focus on three key areas to help bridge a child’s educational success:

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3RD GRADE
READING

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MENTORING

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HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION


Our education efforts have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to the following programs:

"Reading Foundations" provides evidence-based teacher coaching and tutoring for K4 through 2nd grade students.

Support for the teacher pipeline in multiple partner schools.

Support for the teacher pipeline in multiple partner schools.

Proud sponsors of the Clarke Street School City Year corps members.

Proud sponsors of the Clarke Street School City Year corps members.

Provide coaching for school leaders to improve school culture and increase academic success.

Provide coaching for school leaders to improve school culture and increase academic success.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood.

SPARK literacy program, which increases literacy scores in schools where clubs are located.

SPARK literacy program, which increases literacy scores in schools where clubs are located.

“Ready to Read” provides intensive literacy outreach to childcare centers as well as free family programming.

“Ready to Read” provides intensive literacy outreach to childcare centers as well as free family programming.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers in the Amani neighborhood.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers in the Amani neighborhood.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers in the Muskego Way neighborhood.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers in the Muskego Way neighborhood.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers from the Metcalfe Parke neighborhood.

Early childhood education support for preschoolers from the Metcalfe Parke neighborhood.

Building elementary school literacy skills through arts infused projects.

Building elementary school literacy skills through arts infused projects.

Support of eight-week “Literacy Plus” residencies which explore elements of theme and story sequencing.

Support of eight-week “Literacy Plus” residencies which explore elements of theme and story sequencing.

Providing early career teachers at Forest Home Avenue school with arts integrated tools that promote literacy.

Providing early career teachers at Forest Home Avenue school with arts integrated tools that promote literacy.

Providing early childhood education literacy support for Milwaukee students with special needs.

Providing early childhood education literacy support for Milwaukee students with special needs.

Summer school program prepares future teachers and combats summer learning loss in students.

Summer school program prepares future teachers and combats summer learning loss in students.

Proud to support their best-in-class mentor programming whether community-based, school-based or via Mentor 2.0.

Proud to support their best-in-class mentor programming whether community-based, school-based or via Mentor 2.0.

Scholar management program provides holistic support to students from as early as third grade through college completion.

Scholar management program provides holistic support to students from as early as third grade through college completion.

Supporting high school juniors in Milwaukee through programming that is increasing ACT scores by 17%

Supporting high school juniors in Milwaukee through programming that is increasing ACT scores by 17%

Supporting ACT prep for juniors in Milwaukee with participants seeing an average score increase of 17%.

Supporting ACT prep for juniors in Milwaukee with participants seeing an average score increase of 17%.


REVITALIZING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

We work closely with the residents and leaders of three distinct Milwaukee neighborhoods to help them identify opportunities to improve their communities. The neighborhoods and their lead anchor organizations are:

Muskego Way: Milwaukee Christian Center

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Amani Neighborhood: The Dominican Center

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Metcalfe Park: Metcalfe Park Community Bridges

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We are committed to our diverse and vibrant neighborhoods.

Improving the quality of life for Milwaukee residents of all ages creates a positive and lasting impact on our city. Together, with our valued partners, we are enhancing our communities with programs dedicated to safe neighborhoods, healthy and thriving youth, strong families and quality education.

PROMINENT DESTINATIONS

We are committed to helping our city flourish and make it a great destination to live. We support nine nonprofit organizations that provide cultural opportunities in the greater Milwaukee area. Several of our grant recipients include:

Northwestern Mutual Neighborhood Nights provides free access to the museum on the third Thursday of each month.

Northwestern Mutual Neighborhood Nights provides free access to the museum on the third Thursday of each month.

Proud sponsor of the educational and popular Crossroads of Civilization exhibit.

Proud sponsor of the educational and popular Crossroads of Civilization exhibit.

Proud to support the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm and the upcoming Adventure Africa.

Proud to support the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm and the upcoming Adventure Africa.

MAM After Dark opens the museum doors after hours to young professionals as well as the young at heart.

MAM After Dark opens the museum doors after hours to young professionals as well as the young at heart.

Providing additional STEM programming and access to students from the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods.

Providing additional STEM programming and access to students from the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods.

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The "Opening Our Doors" sponsorship includes family nights geared towards residents of Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way.

Make a Child Smile Day promotion collects books for children at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.

Make a Child Smile Day promotion collects books for children at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.

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Strong commitment to our hometown.

Thanks to the generosity of our employees, we’re among the largest corporate donors to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the United Performing Arts Fund.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Grants at this time are limited to programs and projects in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and are limited to two areas of focus: Third-Grade Reading and projects serving Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods.

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National funding is limited to programs and projects aligned with our Childhood Cancer Program.

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