Community Involvement

A community is like a family; it must be supported and nurtured to experience healthy, sustainable growth. We believe that our community requires a solid foundation upon which to build a future, so we are committed to making a difference by caring for its members and fostering a sense of continued civic responsibility.

Northwestern Mutual-The Columns Resource Group receives Childhood Cancer Impact Award for local fundraising efforts

Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource Group was recently recognized for their fundraising efforts during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month last 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 are honored to have received the Childhood Cancer Impact Award and $50,000 to be 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 in September, 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 is 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.

Starlight Fun Centersare mobile entertainment units that easily roll up to a hospital bed so children can play video games and watch movies. Starlight Tabletsare enhanced iPads that link to Starbright World, Starlight’s social network where children can connect on chat rooms, post on bulletin boards, watch movies, play games and more. Whether nervously awaiting surgery, enduring treatment or sitting in their hospital room, Fun Centersand Tabletshelp children cope by providing endless hours of fun and entertainment.

On September 20th, Northwestern Mutual donated the Fun Centersand Tabletsto 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, its Foundation and its Childhood Cancer Program visit


Special Olympics Minnesota
The Columns Resource Group is proud be a part of the Special Olympics of Minnesota.  The Special Olympics is an organization devoted to providing sports competition opportunities for athletes with intellectual Disabilities.

Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota
The Columns Resource Group is proud to be a partner in the growth and expansion of one of their community’s biggest campuses and one of the nation’s top business schools. Their $125,000 sponsorship of the Carlson School of Management – University of MN helps to deepen the impact they are already making with many alumni participating in volunteer mentoring and educational opportunities.

They have also created The Columns Resource Group Undergraduate Scholarship, which will be awarded every year to an incoming freshman. The promising recipient of this scholarship must have demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as needing financial assistance to pursue their academic ambitions.

Chip for Charity
Over the past ten years, Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource Group has raised close to $400,000 for LLS. Last year with the help of sponsors and golfers, we were able to donate over $80,000!  We exceeded our goal and could not be more thankful for the support!  This year, Northwestern Mutual is welcoming two more organizations to benefit: The United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota (UCP) and Birdies for Brains.

Our 2014 goal is to contribute more than $100,000 to our three benefactors. We look forward to celebrating our Chip for Charity Event Presented by Northwestern Mutual, formerly known as the 11th Annual Northwestern Mutual Charity Golf Tournament.

Bed Race for Bridging
Bed Race for Bridging is held at Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minnesota. The Columns Resource Group has been involved with this event through their corporate sponsorship, teams of racers, pledges, and a team of volunteers to hand out s’mores to the participants. With almost 600 racers and many volunteers and spectators, this event has raised over $91,000 which can buy over 900 beds for kids and families who cannot afford them.

Courage Center
We are a proud sponsor of Minneapolis-based Courage Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center, which has a legacy of advancing the lives of people experiencing barriers to health and independence.


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