Northwestern Mutual and U.S. Cellular Honor the Season of Giving with Charity Programs

Northwestern Mutual is awarding grants to nonprofits through its annual Days of Sharing program, while U.S. Cellular’s The Future of Good program is pledging donations to youth-led organizations.

Even large corporations are getting into the spirit of Christmas. Through Northwestern Mutual’s Days of Sharing program, the company is recognizing nonprofits that improve the quality of life in Milwaukee. Similarly, U.S. Cellular’s 2016 The Future of Good program celebrates youth-led causes that positively impact the community.

After a nationwide search, U.S. Cellular selected six youths representing four causes. Ryan Graham, a 17-year-old from Milwaukee who serves as a leading teen and board member of Teens Grow Teens, and Lia Haile, a 13-year-old from Manitowoc who created the Hopeful Hearts Club, are two of the chosen youths. U.S. Cellular will feature each nonprofit in a documentary-style video and grant a combined sum of $45,000 to the causes. The wireless carrier is bringing the youths and their families to New York City on Dec. 22 to ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange and garner attention for their causes.

Northwestern Mutual’s Days of Sharing program is granting a total of $225,000 to 25 local nonprofit organizations on behalf of its employees. This year, these employee-nominated nonprofits include Cynthia’s Breast Cancer Giving Circle, First Stage, Huntington’s Disease Society of WI, Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals, SaintA and The Turkey Club.

“At Northwestern Mutual, giving back is a part of our culture so we are fortunate to have employees who are dedicated to strengthening their local communities,” said Northwestern Mutual Foundation president Eric Christophersen in a statement. “The Days of Sharing program is a way we recognize their volunteer service for the worthy organizations in which they are personally involved.”



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.