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Christian Activity Center Awarded $15,000 Grant on Behalf of Northwestern Mutual Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Grant funds will be used to build recreational and community healing spaces
ST. LOUIS, MO / FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL — June 17, 2019 — From connecting families with housing and food resources to providing valuable mentorship opportunities to local youth, Northwestern Mutual financial advisors are leading impactful change in their communities across the country. Through its Foundation, the company is recognizing these efforts through its 2019 Community Service Awards program by awarding nearly $300,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide.
Each year, Northwestern Mutual selects 16 financial advisors nationwide to receive grants to benefit a nonprofit of their choice as part of the program. Local resident Meagan Isselhard, an associate wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual – Fairview Heights, has been chosen as a 2019 recipient of the award, receiving a $15,000 grant for Christian Activity Center.
Isselhard has been involved with the organization for over five years and currently serves as part of its advocacy board. She is also the lead organizer for the annual golf tournament; hosts the organization’s Adopt a Child for Christmas event, which provide gifts for families and children; and coordinates additional fundraising and awareness opportunities throughout the year.
“When I first began working with the children at Christian Activity Center, I saw how neglected, mistreated and scared they were,” said Isselhard. “The Center provides a safe haven for these kids, where they know they will be with people that care about them and are invested in their futures.”
Christian Activity Center seeks to prepare youth in East St. Louis for successful futures: spiritually, physically and academically. The organization will use the grant to support the development of 22 acres of recently-acquired land around the center. The space will include a baseball field, soccer field, splash pad, pavilion, gardens and more, offering a healing space for the community.
“Every year I’m amazed by the enthusiasm our advisors exhibit for nonprofit support in their communities,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Giving back is such an integral piece of our company culture, and our Community Service Award winners truly embody this through the meaningful work they’re accomplishing.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Community Service Awards program. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has donated nearly $6 million to nonprofits on behalf of program winners. The 2019 winners were announced at the company’s regional meetings earlier this year, with grants presented to nonprofits at local events throughout the country.
About Northwestern Mutual Foundation The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $353 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination. Visit Northwestern Mutual Foundation to learn more.
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