Community Involvement

We're Making a Difference

In our Irvine office, our mission is to inspire people to realize their financial security dreams, backed by the strength of Northwestern Mutual, a financial institution nearly 160 years old. Consistent with our mission, we value philanthropy as way to make a significant impact in our local community….because parallel to the professional work we do in financial services, we wholeheartedly believe that our community service work will also inspire children and families to realize their dreams. To that end, we have chosen childhood cancer as a cause which we are putting our collective energy into, aligning directly with the goals of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and our past and current partnerships with Starlight Children's Foundation and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

We're Leading by Example

In addition to Northwestern Mutual - Irvine's commitment to fighting childhood cancer, our team members donate both their time and talent as well as their financial support to charities and causes that matter to them and our community. They are rebuilding neighborhoods, helping students succeed, broadening perspective and opportunities for the disadvantaged, and improving the quality of life for people with life-altering illnesses.

We're Recognized for Our Dedication

Our Network Office has been awarded the Childhood Cancer Impact Award by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. As part of its efforts to fund childhood cancer research and support families battling the disease, Northwestern Mutual partners with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise funds and awareness. Due to the exceptional service efforts by the local office, Starlight Children's Foundation will receive a $50,000 grant on their behalf.

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Philanthropic Highlights

We are dedicated to supporting important causes in our community. Some of our philanthropic highlights include the following:

Northwestern Mutual and the 2019 JDRF Dream Gala: One Step Closer to #TypeNone

A cause near and dear to our hearts, the research for a cure to juvenile diabetes is the benefactor of the annual JDRF Dream Gala. As sponsors of the gala, we are committed to providing hope to families affected by an all-too-common and life-altering diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Those touched by T1D know that this is a diagnosis that requires constant attention and care. As such, Northwestern Mutual Irvine is committed to providing that same attention and care to finding a cure.








Calories for a Cause Benefits Starlight Children's Foundation

Northwestern Mutual has partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to fund a Starlight Site at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas. While healthy children often grow up enjoying spaces designed for play, learning, and discovery, children with serious illnesses must spend an inordinate amount of time in the sterile, medical environment of the hospital. A lively, vibrant room in the children’s hospital can help to create valuable childhood experiences that those children might otherwise miss.

We banned together across our network to host events, sell raffle tickets, and solicit donations to support this cause. We are so proud to have raised over $40,000 from Northwestern Mutual advisors, staff, friends, and family, a true testament to our network-wide philanthropic spirit.








Northwestern Mutual Sponsors Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund

Northwestern Mutual participated as a Burgundy-level sponsor of this year’s Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Charitable Fund’s Raise Your Glass Event. OCBA members and the Orange County legal community came together at the Newport Beach Country Club for a wine tasting and charity awards benefit in support of efforts to enhance the legal justice system and promote equality for all.









Northwestern Mutual Irvine Committed to a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

This year, Northwestern Mutual Irvine once again participated in the annual JDRF One Walk in honor of those close to our office affected by Type 1 Diabetes. NM Irvine and associated teams surpassed their fundraising goals and donated over $10,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this year. Juvenile diabetes is incredibly tough on affected families, and NM Irvine is committed to bringing those families hope. The money raised through this event supports life-changing scientific breakthroughs. JDRF and NM Irvine will continue working towards a cure for T1D!









Northwestern Mutual Irvine Shops for a Cure

Northwestern Mutual Irvine partnered with Kendra Scott to host a philanthropic shopping event benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Not only did Kendra Scott donate 20% of the proceeds from every purchase to the foundation, the company also gave a piece of jewelry to a woman with breast cancer for every piece purchased. Northwestern Mutual Irvine is proud to bring hope to women affected by the life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer.









Northwestern Mutual Hosts "Spectacular Sounds of Autism" Benefit Concert

Northwestern Mutual Los Angeles hosted The Spectacular Sounds of Autism, a fundraiser supporting autism awareness and services in higher education and employment through UCLA Semel Institute. All contributions towards the event helped to launch a pioneering program designed to prepare students with autism for success in academics and professional careers.

We raised over $150,000 at the event, which benefitted the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment.








Irvine Financial Advisor Supports Police and Vets in 10k Run

During Northwestern Mutual's 2017 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, our advisor Ernie Medina participated in the Roots and Wings 10k Run donned in full military gear to raise money for COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). These organizations benefit the families of fallen vets and police officers, and they are close to Ernie's heart as a US Naval Academy Graduate and Captain United States Marine Corps (Retired).

We are proud of Ernie's accomplishment and the dedication of Northwestern Mutual advisors to bettering their communities. Way to go, Ernie!









Northwestern Mutual Irvine a Proud Supporter of JDRF

Northwestern Mutual Irvine is proud to have sponsored the 2017 JDRF Dream Gala, which took place on March 18. The gala is held annually to raise funds for research aimed at eliminating Type 1 Diabetes. Northwestern Mutual Irvine continues to support JDRF and will be participating in Orange County's JDRF One Walk on November 5, 2017. We are helping turn Type One into Type None!









Northwestern Mutual Irvine Supports CHOC Children's

Northwestern Mutual Irvine was the VIP sponsor of the 2016 Annual CHOC Regatta event, benefitting the Children's Hospital of Orange County. In partnership with the Balboa Yacht Club and the Glass Slipper Guild, Northwestern Mutual Irvine participated in a two-day sailboat race in Newport Harbor with family activities and live music. In alignment with the Glass Slipper Guild, our mission is to acquaint the community with CHOC Children’s and to support the hospital’s greatest needs. The event took place on November 5-6, 2016 at the Balboa Yacht Club.







Northwestern Mutual Supports Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Our Southern California offices donated a check for $18,750 to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Along with our check donation, we had 15 volunteers prepare and distribute camper lunches, sing camp songs, and visit with campers, counselors, and parents. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times has helped thousands of children and their family members recapture hope, enthusiasm, and love of life in a medically and psychologically safe environment created especially for them. The Camp offers a variety of residential camping opportunities for cancer patients, their siblings and parents all year long.

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Northwestern Mutual Hosts “A Night to Fight Childhood Cancer” Gala and Silent Auction

Our Southern California and Nevada offices hosted "A Night to Fight Childhood Cancer," an inaugural gala and silent auction, to raise funds for research and support to families battling childhood cancer. The gala celebrated the courageous children and families who are fighting the daily battle against cancer and highlighted the impactful work of charities and hospitals that build hope and community awareness for the disease.

We raised over $250,000 through ticket sales and auction items, which benefitted three organizations - Alex's Lemonade Stand FoundationMattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and the GameChanger Charity.

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