Northwestern Mutual Dedicates Nearly $2 Million Investment to Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Northwestern Mutual | August 18, 2020

More than one-fourth of Milwaukee's Black residents, regardless of household income, live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. Northwestern Mutual believes that collaboration with residents and local organizations is essential to understanding the challenges and opportunities facing not only its hometown, but communities nationwide. Through its Foundation, the company today announced a donation of nearly $2 million in grants to foster safe neighborhoods, healthy and thriving youth, strong families and quality education in Milwaukee.

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Billtrust | May 21, 2021

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Metrobank, Backbase | May 10, 2021

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