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We believe in a vibrant and diverse Milwaukee

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. Over the past seven years, we have invested more than $26M to Milwaukee through our neighborhoods, education and volunteering efforts .


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REVITALIZING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Since 2013, we have worked to revitalize three Milwaukee neighborhoods. Each are communities far too familiar with racial and economic injustices. Our goal has been and continues to be building capacity in residents, leaders, and organizations so they can realize their community vision. We believe a long term, resident-led approach is critical to reversing the root causes of these challenges.

Together, with our valued partners, we are enhancing the following three communities with programs dedicated to safe neighborhoods, healthy and thriving youth, strong families and quality education. Each has developed a revitalization plan to guide their actions to sustainable change.

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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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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QUALITY EARLY
CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION

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K-12 PIPELINE
PARTNERS

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POST-SECONDARY
COMPLETION

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

Scholarships and comprehensive support for 1st generation college students.

Scholarships and comprehensive support for 1st generation college students.

Facilitating leadership programs to increase the number of high-performing schools

Facilitating leadership programs to increase the number of high-performing schools

Utilizing collective impact to increase the number of high-quality early childhood education centers.

Utilizing collective impact to increase the number of high-quality early childhood education centers.

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.

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

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

“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.

Providing in-home trauma informed care to children 6 and under.

Providing in-home trauma informed care to children 6 and under.

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 college access programming at partner K-12 schools

Supporting college access programming at partner K-12 schools

College prep and access programming via Sponsor-a-Scholar

College prep and access programming via Sponsor-a-Scholar

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

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.

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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