Community Involvement

We're Making a Difference

In our West Los Angeles office, our mission is to inspire people to realize their financial security dreams. This mission is backed by the strength of Northwestern Mutual, a financial institution that is over 160 years old. Consistent with our mission, we value philanthropy as a way to make a significant impact in our local community. 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 in which we are putting our collective energy, which aligns directly with the goals of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and our partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, as well as Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles' partnership with  Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

We're Leading by Example

In addition to Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles' commitment to fighting childhood cancer, our team members donate 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.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Event
Alex's Lemonade Stand Event

We're Recognized for Our Dedication

Northwestern Mutual - Downtown Los Angeles and its affiliated districts have 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 and the Starlight Children's 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 want to have an immediate impact on families in Southern California facing childhood cancer and other debilitating illnesses. Some of our philanthropic highlights include the following:

Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Rose Parade Float Raises Awareness for the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

As the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rose Bowl Game, Northwestern Mutual used the 129th Rose Parade to raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. The theme of the Northwestern Mutual float, “Letting Kids Be Kids,” featured childhood cancer patients who rediscovered their happiness through camp experiences and some of the champions who made those experiences possible. Scott Cohen, an associate wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual — West Los Angeles, rode on the float in recognition of 10 years volunteering with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Northwestern Mutual is proud to give hope to the children and families affected by the life-altering diagnosis of childhood cancer.

Learn more about the positive impact of camp for patients battling cancer by watching this video.

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.








Northwestern Mutual Supports Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles (through its Foundation) presented Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times®, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, with a $30,000 grant on behalf of our Associate Wealth Management Advisor, Scott Cohen, a Most Exceptional recipient of our company’s Community Service Award. This honor and corresponding grant are awarded to the company’s financial professionals for extraordinary volunteer work. The grant was presented at the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® Annual Walk for Kids. Our Network Office also raised $12,000 to support the cause.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California is dedicated to creating a positive, lasting impact on children with cancer and their families through year-round camp programs. Scott Cohen, Associate Wealth Management Advisor in our West Los Angeles office, has volunteered with the organization’s Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times for 10 years, serving most prominently as a cabin counselor and member of the camp interview committee. Each year, Northwestern Mutual honors 16 financial professionals throughout the country who have demonstrated remarkable dedication to volunteer organizations within their communities. A total of $295,000 has been donated through this year’s program.

Watch Scott’s story on YouTube to learn how his grant will be used to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.  

View the press release featured in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

Read the article featured in Brentwood News.

Northwestern Mutual Supports Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles (via Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation) presented two doctors at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles with checks for research grants to fund their work in the fight against pediatric cancer. Dr. Sunhye Lee received a $150,000 check from Wealth Management Advisor Keith Wagner and Dr. Shahab Asgharzadeh received a $50,000 check from Northwestern Mutual - Los Angeles.







View more photos from the CHLA check presentation ceremony.

Northwestern Mutual Funds 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 their parents all year long.







Northwestern Mutual Funds Remodeling of New Teen Lounge

Our Southern California and Nevada offices funded the remodeling of a new teen lounge to improve the life and health of patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The new, warmer design resembles a coffee shop or lounge, with the intention of easing stress and supporting the overall health and well-being of teen patients. The newly remodeled space includes a large flat-screen HDTV, egg-shaped reading chairs, and an air hockey and pool table.

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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 for families battling childhood cancer. The gala celebrated the courageous children and their 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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Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles Hosts "Great Escape" at World Challenge Golf Tournament

Our West Los Angeles office hosted 40 Starlight Children's Foundation family members to a "Great Escape" at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club. Starlight families experienced putting games, enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse, and watched top golfers like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Bubba Watson take on the course. Twenty Northwestern Mutual volunteers joined the Starlight families for a day of fun, friendship, and golf.

Learn how Great Escapes helps families is impacted by childhood cancer.

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