Community Involvement


Northwestern Mutual celebrated "Share More Love Day" with the young patients hospitalized at Essentia Health - St. Mary's Children's Hospital. Children and their families had the opportunity to decorate cupcakes (provided by Lyndsay Smitke of Snazzy Cakes) and make valentines day cards. Northwestern Mutual Duluth had the privilage of donating $4000 and 25 Chemo Duck bags to the Esentia Health Foundation to benefit pediatric oncology patients.


Northwestern Mutual Foundation Donates to the Northern Lights Foundation

August 2015 - On behalf of Northwestern Mutual, Bill Northwestern Mutual Duluth donates to Northern Lights Foundation Watson, Managing Director, presented a $2,000 donation to the Northern Lights Foundation. Accepting this check is Dr. Ken Larson, Founder and President of the foundation.

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Northern Lights Foundation is to grant wishes and distribute funds that address the needs and wishes of Northland children-and their families- with life-threatening illnesses. The grants given are typically used to pay for expenses associated with medical treatments.

"The Northern Lights Foundation has been a force for good in our community. They are a very nimble organization that makes a local, direct impact on families who face so many difficult things. Our office is very proud to help any way we can," said Bill Watson.

To learn more about the Northern Lights Foundation, or to apply for a grant, please visit their website: 


Northwestern Mutual Sponsors Teddy Bear Toss

DECEMBER 2014 - On December 5, 2014 Northwestern Mutual sponsored the 3rd Annual Arc Northland Teddy Bear Toss at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Leading up to the hockey game between the UMD Bulldogs and Colorado College, Teddy Bears were sold throughout the community and then audience memebers tossed them onto the ice between second and third quarter of the game. All of the collected Teddy Bears were donated to CHUM, CASDA, United Way of Carlton County and Arc Northland clients. Check out the video below to get a glimpse of Northwestern Mutual's community involvement!


Fighting Childhood Cancer with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

More than 12,500 children in the United States and over 200,000 children worldwide develop cancer every year. Northwestern Mutual is teaming up with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to fund cancer research and subsidize travel costs for families battling this vicious disease.

From May until the end of August, the Duluth office will be working diligently to host lemonade stands throughout the community and collect as many donations as possible!

Donations can be made online by visiting the Duluth Fundraising Website.






Northwestern Mutual-The Columns Resource Group Receives Childhood Cancer Impact Award for Local Fundraising Efforts

January 2014- Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource Group was recently recognized for their fundraising efforts during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month last September.  Following an exciting month of raising over $30,000, we were able to donate four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ and three Starlight Tablets to hospitals across Minneapolis. Due to these great efforts, we are honored to have received the Childhood Cancer Impact Award and $50,000 to be donated on our behalf to Childhood Cancer.


Northwestern Mutual Donates $30,000 During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Starlight Fun Centers and Tablets Bring Entertainment to Children Battling Cancer

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Northwestern Mutual donated nearly $30,000 to hospitals across Minneapolis in the form of four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centersand three Starlight Tablets.  This donation is part of the ongoing efforts of the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program, a multi-year commitment to accelerate a cure for childhood cancer and support families dealing with the disease.

Starlight Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that easily roll up to a hospital bed so children can play video games and watch movies. Starlight Tablets are enhanced iPads that link to Starbright World, Starlight’s social network where children can connect on chat rooms, post on bulletin boards, watch movies, play games and more. Whether nervously awaiting surgery, enduring treatment or sitting in their hospital room, Fun Centers and Tablets help children cope by providing endless hours of fun and entertainment.

On September 20th, Northwestern Mutual donated the Fun Centers and Tablets to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, St. Paul Children’s Hospital, Centracare Hospital in St. Cloud and Essentia Hospital in Duluth. 

For more information about Northwestern Mutual, its Foundation and its Childhood Cancer Program visit


Let's Fight Childhood Cancer

We're proud to fight childhood cancer as a participant in the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program. Together, we are working to accelerate the search for a cure and to provide support to kids and families facing the daily struggles of this disease.

Partnering with Starlight Children's Foundation, Northwestern Mutual - The Columns Resource Group is raising money to purchase up to three Fun Center mobile entertainment units for Essentia Health - St. Mary's Children's Hospital in Duluth, Minn. Whether hospitalized children are awaiting surgery or sitting restlessly during treatment, Fun Centers help them to cope by providing endless hours of fun and distraction.

Parents and medical professionals report that children often request less pain medication when using a Starlight Fun Center.

Please help make a difference in the lives of kids fighting childhood cancer and join our effort by making a contribution to help purchase the Fun Centers. Contributions can be made online through Starlight's secure, online fundraising site on Fundly. Thank you for your support!

The Columns Resource Group Foundation Donates to Arc Northland

On behalf of Northwestern Mutual Bill Watson, Managing Director, presented a $1,200 donation to Arc Northland. Accepting this check is Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative and Arc Northland Board Member, Kevin Hoene, Arc Northland Director of Development, Molly Watson, and Arc Northland Executive Director, Mike Ryan.

Arc Northland is unique in its mission to create equal opportunities for quality living and to enhance dignity and respect for people with disabilities and their families. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime.

Arc Northland is an organization that is very special to the representatives and staff of the Northwestern Mutual Duluth District Office. Previously in December of 2012, the Duluth District Office assisted in the coordination of the first ever Arc Northland Teddy Bear Toss at a UMD Men’s Hockey game.

Northwestern Mutual Recognized for Fundraising Efforts

We are very excited to announce that The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Minnesota has awarded our agency with their LLS Lifeblood Award for our outstanding fundraising efforts in 2012.  Last year, our Annual Charity Golf Tournament was the largest private fundraiser, which LLS does not organize, for the Minnesota Chapter of LLS.  The LLS Lifeblood Award celebrates the contributions of individuals, clinicians, companies and other groups and organizations who, through their dedicated voluntary efforts, have advanced the mission of LLS.  We are extremely proud to receive this award!


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