Northwestern Mutual: Dedicates more than $300,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide

Company awards grants in recognition of advisors’ dedication to volunteerism

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Each year, Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial services company, recognizes the leadership of its financial advisors who are making a difference in their own communities through exemplary volunteerism. As part of these efforts, the company, through its Foundation, is awarding $310,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide through its 2022 Community Service Awards.

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“Making a positive impact in the community is what our advisors do every day while they serve their clients. Their passion for giving back is demonstrated by their dedication to incredible causes that are making a real difference in their own backyards,” said Steve Radke, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “At Northwestern Mutual, we’re proud to have a network of advisors who are committed to bettering the lives of those around them.”

Spotlight: 2022 Most Exceptional Community Service Award Winners
As part of this year’s program, 17 of the company’s financial advisors have been recognized with a grant to benefit a nonprofit he or she is involved with, while three of these winners will also receive an additional $5,000 for their work in supporting organizations with a connection to the company’s national philanthropic cause, childhood cancer. Out of these 17 individuals, four have been named as Most Exceptional for going above and beyond in supporting their local communities, receiving a $25,000 grant in honor of this recognition.  

  • Ralph Barringer, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, Heuser Hearing and Language Academy, Louisville, Ky.: As a member of the board of directors for Heuser Hearing and Language Academy, Barringer is committed to giving families in his community a strong foundation to build a successful future for their child regardless of their abilities. Barringer also received an additional $5,000 grant for his work in supporting Heuser Hearing and Language Academy and its work with children with cancer, for a total of $30,000 in grants.
  • Chad Harlan, CFP®, CLU®, Julie’s Dream, Atlanta, Ga.: Harlan co-founded Julie’s Dream after losing his wife to cancer in April 2017. Long before his wife’s diagnosis, she had a dream to create a faith-based organization that created outdoor adventures for underserved children in Atlanta. Harlan has dedicated his time bringing Julie’s vision to life and addressing the systemic barriers that inhibit youth in low-income communities from experiencing the transformative power of the outdoors.
  • Roy Jordan, CLU®, CFP®, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.: Serving eight years on the YMCA Foundation board and two years on the YMCA Middle Tennessee Association board, Jordan is passionate about ensuring all individuals have access to crucial services, including free youth development and after-school and special-needs programs. Through Jordan’s leadership and fundraising, he has touched the lives of more than 250,000 individuals.
  • Allen Snyder, CLU®, ChFC®, Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition, Boston, Mass.: Now a five-time Community Service Award winner, Snyder is being recognized for his more than 20-year involvement with the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition. Snyder, who now serves as chairman of the organization, lost his best man to prostate cancer, making his passion for supporting individuals affected by the disease even more personal.

Thirteen of this year’s winners have been named as Outstanding Winners, receiving a $15,000 grant to benefit their corresponding nonprofit. The 2022 winners will present their local grants to their nonprofits this spring.

The company has donated more than $6.6 million to nonprofits nationwide through the Community Service Awards program since the program’s inception in 1995.

NameOrganizationOffice Location
Outstanding Winners ($15,000 grant)
Steve Braun, CLU®Cures Within ReachChicago, Ill.
William “Billy” Cooper, CLU®, ChFC®Mountain Amateur Athletic ClubAsheville, N.C.
Lesley Day, RICP®, CFP®, CLU®The Diabetes Family ConnectionRaleigh, N.C.
David Feldman, CLU®, ChFC®Dr. Ted Chamberlain Interfaith InitiativeBoston, Mass.
Nate Fikse, ChFC®, CLU®, CLF®UCLA Health Operation MendCastle Rock, Colo.
Joseph Funderburk, CFP®Greenville County Foster Parent AssociationGreenville, S.C.
John GianacaciChristine’s Hope for Kids FoundationBoca Raton, Fla.
Dallas Hempstead, CLU®, CASL®, ChFC®, RICP® CFP®Ducks UnlimitedJacksonville, Fla.
Ryan Hungershafer, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®Folds of Honor New YorkAlbany, N.Y.
Eric Johnson*Pinky Swear FoundationMendota Heights, Minn.
Mike Jones*Alex’s Lemonade Stand FoundationLakewood, Colo.
Fred O’Connor, CAP®, CFP®, AEP®, RICP®, CLU®, MSFS, ChFC®Big Shoulders FundDeerfield, Ill.
Debra Smith, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®PAVEBeaver Dam, Wis.
*Received additional $5,000 grant for connection to the company’s national philanthropic cause, childhood cancer.