Community Involvement

Northwestern Mutual Sponsors Rudy's Red Eye

FEBRUARY 2018 – In December, Northwestern Mutual donated volunteer hours and funds to help Kyle Rudolph bring the magic of the North Pole to life for patients and their families being treated at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Northwestern Mutual Basketball Court Unveiling

DECEMBER 2017 – On December 19th, the Kyle Rudolph End Zone was unveiled at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Northwestern Mutual – Minneapolis donated $150,000 to build out the basketball court in the therapuetic play space which will be enjoyed by patients and their families during their stay. Learn more about the space and see photos on the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital website.

Pictured from left to right: Jeff Manderfeld, Sue Heurung, Mark Heurung, Kyle Rudolph

Share More Love Day

FEBRUARY 2017 – February was truly the month of love for Northwestern Mutual – Minneapolis! On February 6th, the network office joined together over lunch to pack up over 80 Bags of Love which included Chemo Duck, Chemo Duck books and activities, and a handcrafted Valentine. The following week, volunteers from our offices delivered these Bags of Love to our hospital partners across Minnesota to provide comfort and a special Valentine to pediatric oncology patients along with a craft party and snacks for all patients and their families!

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 15 in the United States. That's why Northwestern Mutual is committed to helping accelerate the search for cures, spread awareness of this disease, and provide support for children and their families in the fight.

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Minnesota Viking, Rhett Ellison, and his wife Raina joined in on the fun at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis!

Northwestern Mutual Sponsors The Big Climb Mpls

JANUARY 2017 – The Minneapolis and Twin Cities network offices joined together to continue the fight against pediatric cancer through our support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota (LLS). Northwestern Mutual was the premier sponsor of the Big Climb Mpls that was held in our office building, the Capella Tower, on February 4, 2017.

The Big Climb Mpls is LLS's annual chip-timed stair climb to the top of one of the Upper Midwest's tallest skyscrapers, challenging the community to join in the battle against blood cancers. Last year's event raised $176,000 in revenue to contribute to advancing life-saving therapies, family support groups, educational programs, and research dollars to the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota. To learn more visit our team's page!

Teams Big Climb

Josh and the Edina team participate in the LLS Big Cilmb MPLS 2017.

AUGUST 2016 – Another great fundraising season has concluded and we want to thank everyone that sponsored, donated, volunteered and came out to support us in our efforts to fund pediatric cancer research and local support. We are proud to announce that between the St. Cloud and Minneapolis events we will be donating over $145,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – MN Chapter, Tanner’s Team Foundation and our local hospital partners! Photos from the Minneapolis event can be viewed at If you would like to participate in next year’s event contact Alyssa Frank.

A special thank you to our Minneapolis Gold Sponsor, State Farm – Brandon Walter Agency, and our St. Cloud Platinum Sponsors, Remax Realty and Bandai Foundation!

Northwestern Mutual Foundation Sponsors Advancing Pediatric Cancer Care in Minnesota

OCTOBER, 2015 – Northwestern Mutual Foundation sponsored the childhood cancer research symposium: Advancing Pediatric Cancer Care in Minnesota. This was the first symposium of its kind to take place in Minneapolis and offered an exciting overview of the cutting edge research on pediatric cancer currently underway in Minnesota as well as a great lineup of speakers from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, and more.

Translational topics of solid tumors and brain tumors were discussed as well as practical approaches to complications. The afternoon session concentrated on promoting quality of life during and after treatment for childhood cancer. A poster session gave conference participants an opportunity to highlight their own work in the company of their peers. Read more about the day and dicussion in Children's blog.

Northwestern Mutual is committed to helping accelerate the search for cures for childhood cancers and to support the children and families who battle this disease. Northwestern Mutual launched its Childhood Cancer Program in 2012. Together, financial representatives, employees, and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation have raised more than $8 million for the cause and funded 63,000 hours of research through its nonprofit partner Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Recognizes Northwestern Mutual for its Support of Childhood Cancer Research

It’s with heartfelt gratitude that we say thank you to Northwestern Mutual for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Together, Northwestern Mutual offices raised more than $515,000 through its Race for Research. These dollars will support 10,300 hours of childhood cancer research. Thank you Northwestern Mutual for joining us in the fight. You are making a difference!

Liz and Jay Scott
Co-executive directors, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Northwestern Mutual and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Present $100,000 Grant Toward Childhood Cancer Research

MAY, 2014 The Northwestern Mutual Minneapolis, Edina, Eden Prairie, Woodbury, St. Cloud, and Duluth offices joined forces with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to present a $100,000 grant to Dr. Brenda Weigel with the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. The grant supported childhood cancer and infrastructure funding that will allow cancer patients to undergo new research trials. This specific contribution was made as part of Northwestern Mutual’s inaugural Childhood Cancer Impact Award, which recognizes the exceptional contributions of its financial representatives with a $50,000 grant. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation matched this award, for a total of $100,000 given to the local hospital.

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Northwestern Mutual Receives Childhood Cancer Impact Award for Local Fundraising Efforts

JANUARY 2014 – Northwestern Mutual was recognized for their fundraising efforts during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Following an exciting month of raising over $30,000, we were able to donate four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ and three Starlight Tablets to hospitals across Minneapolis. Due to these great efforts, we were honored to have received the Childhood Cancer Impact Award and $50,000 donated on our behalf to Childhood Cancer. Here is a picture of our office accepting the award!

Northwestern Mutual Donates $30,000 During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Starlight Fun Centers and Tablets Bring Entertainment to Children Battling Cancer.

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Mutual donated nearly $30,000 to hospitals across Minneapolis in the form of four Starlight Children's Foundation Fun Centers and three Starlight Tablets. This donation was part of the ongoing efforts of the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program – a multi-year commitment to accelerate a cure for childhood cancer and support families dealing with the disease.

On September 20th, Northwestern Mutual donated these Fun Centers and Tablets to the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, St. Paul Children’s Hospital, Centracare Hospital in St. Cloud, and Essentia Hospital in Duluth.

For more information about Northwestern Mutual's Foundation and Childhood Cancer Program, visit


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