Milwaukee area nonprofits are vital to our region and enrich our community through their programs, outreach and support. To recognize some of these standout leaders, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is announcing grants totaling $100,000 to winners of its annual Days of Sharing program. St. Francis resident Sheena Priefer, in the disability income department of Northwestern Mutual, was chosen to receive a $4,000 grant that will go to the American Diabetes Association.
More than 800 employees nominated their favorite local nonprofit as part of the Days of Sharing program this year. The 25 winning grants were chosen at random each day for a week in November and range in size from $1,000 to $10,000.
“Keeping with the spirit of the season, these grants will help make a difference in the lives of people in our communities – our family, friends and neighbors,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “This program enables us to support employees like Sheena as they give of their special gifts to organizations close to their hearts.”
New to the program this year is the employee choice component. Employees ranked local pre-selected nonprofits to receive grants in amounts of $15,000 to $35,000. The five organizations winning this award include, ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight and Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center.Since 2007, the company has awarded more than $966,000 in grants on behalf of its employees through Days of Sharing.