Community Involvement

Making a Difference

In our Akron and Canton offices, our mission is to inspire people to realize their financial security dreams, backed by the strength of Northwestern Mutual.  Consistent with our mission, we value philanthropy as way to make a significant impact on the dreams of families in our local community.  We have chosen childhood cancer as a cause that we are putting our collective energy into, aligning directly with the goals of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and our partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

We dream of a day when children and their families won't face the fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis.  Together, with our partners, we're working to accelerate the search for cures for childhood cancer and provide support for families fighting the disease.  Since 2012, we've made great strides in raising awareness and funding for the cause through our nonprofit partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Raising Awareness and Funding for Childhood Cancer Research

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 years old, according to the National Cancer Institute.  Yet financial support for childhood cancer research remains vastly underfunded.  We are on a mission to change that.

Every year, members of our organization impact the fight against childhood cancer by raising funds for life-saving research during the annual "Race for Research” benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.  Since 2013, our offices in Northern Ohio have raised over $46,000 through this campaign that has funded over 920 hours of childhood cancer research!

Leading by Example

In addition to Northwestern Mutual - Akron/Canton's 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 perspectives and opportunities for the disadvantaged, and improving the quality of life for people with life-altering illnesses.

Philanthropic Highlights

DECEMBER 2016 | NM - Akron/Canton Delivers Blankets to Akron Children's Hospital Patients

2016 was our 4th annual blanket making service project. For one Friday afternoon in December, our office shuts down and we make fleece tie blankets. Northwestern Mutual - Akron/Canton collectively donated over 75 blankets to the children at Akron Children's Hospital. 


SEPTEMBER 2016 | Northwestern Mutual Makes Activity Bags for Local Children's Hospitals

To recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Northwestern Mutual - Northern Ohio Group collected items throughout the month to make activity bags for the local children's hospitals. Northwestern Mutual donated a total of 100 bags that went to pediatric cancer patients at the following hospitals: Akron Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Children's, ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital, and Rainbow Babies. Each bag was filled fun stuff such as, coloring books, games, and books to help pass the time when the children are in the hospital. 



AUGUST 2016 | Ice Cream Stand 2016

Who doesn't love ice cream, especially when it's on a hot summer afternoon in August!  Members of our executive Leadership team handed out ice cream (sponsored by Northwestern Mutual) at Akron Children's Childhood Cancer Celebration event. We went through over 300 ice cream sandwhiches in just a couple hours. 










JULY 2016 | Northwestern Mutual Raises $23,977 for Childhood Cancer Research

Summer isn't summer unless we are raising awareness for childhood cancer research in our community!  We host multiple fundraising events to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF funds some of the most promising childhood cancer research in our country.
Northwestern Mutual is committed to giving all kids the chance to live life to the fullest by accelerating the search for a cure to pediatric cancer while providing support to families battling the disease and survivors struggling with treatment side effects.

Through the hard work, dedication, and creativity of 65 Northwestern Mutual offices across the United States and the Northwestern Mutual home office, we raised over $775,000 for childhood cancer research. These fund will pay for Northwestern Mutual's newest cohort of Young Investigator researchers. 

DECEMBER 2015 | NM - Akron/Canton Donates Fleece Tie Blankets to Patients at Akron Children's Hospital

This year's blanket project resulted in 100 blankets made and donated to Akron Children's Hospital. In addition to a toy drive, the blankets were passed out to all the patients at the hospital on Christmas Eve. 



JULY 2015 | Northwestern Mutual Raises $19,277 for Childhood Cancer Research

For the second year in a row, our office participated in Northwestern Mutual’s “Race for Research” campaign.  In 49 days, our offices in Northern Ohio raised $19,277 through multiple fundraising activities like golf outings and lemonade stands.  This donation, raised by Northwestern Mutual representatives in Northeast Ohio, will directly fund more than 348 hours of childhood cancer research.

Multiple Northwestern Mutual offices nationwide also participated in the “Race for Research” campaign.  Together we raised $515,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in 49 days.  We are proud to say that these dollars will support 10,300 hours of childhood cancer research.

APRIL 2015 | Northwestern Mutual's Planning Makes a Difference Competition

The annual Planning Makes a Difference Competition is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and was created to give undergraduate students enrolled in degree programs registered with the CFP Board the opportunity to experience real-world financial planning.  Participants also reap a rich, experiential learning opportunity while enhancing resumes and potentially winning a scholarship.

Competition includes the examination of case study information about a young family.  Then, an analysis of the findings, including a budget, financial plan, recommendations and rationale is submitted.  The analysis will be judged and top contestants selected to move on in the competition.  Top contestants have the opportunity to learn from successful Northwestern Mutual financial representatives, working with sophisticated financial planning tools for case preparation and plan design. They’ll use their new knowledge to strengthen financial plans and recommendations and prepare for the final stage of competition.  The finalists move on to the next phase of the competition: presenting their recommendations to a mock client, in front of a panel of judges, peers and university faculty/staff, as well as an interested audience.

DECEMBER 2014 | Northwestern Mutual Makes Over 140 Blankets for Patients

In the spirit of giving, Northwestern Mutual advisors and staff members hand made over 140 fleece blankets for Akron Children's Hospital's oncology and blood disorder patients. Making fleece tie blankets has become a tradition for the office and something we look forward to doing every year.











JULY 2014 | Northwestern Mutual Raises $8,200 for Childhood Cancer Research

In July 2014, Northwestern Mutual and its associated district offices fundraised $8,200 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand as part of Northwestern Mutual’s “Race for Research” campaign.  This donation, raised by Northwestern Mutual representatives in Northeast Ohio, will directly fund more than 164 hours of childhood cancer research.

DECEMBER 2013 | Northwestern Mutual Makes Blankets for Akron Children's Hospital

As the Northwestern Mutual-Akron/Canton office's annual holiday service project, our financial representatives and staff made over 60 fleece blankets for the children at the Shower's Family Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at Akron Children's Hospital.



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