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Northwestern Mutual Foundation

When we educate others – to multiply fractions, nurture children, enter the workplace, or appreciate the arts – we enrich the entire community by enriching its members. One generation teaches the next. And so it is with teaching money matters.  

To address the lack of personal money management skills among youth, the Foundation launched themint.org in 1997. The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), a leader in promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers, helped develop this site.

Developing themint.org is only one of the Foundation’s educational efforts, and it is a national initiative to help improve the financial literacy of the latest generation. We hope that families and educators will use the kid-friendly information on this site to talk about money. By keeping the conversation going, we can teach children about using money responsibly.

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Foundation goals

While education is the Foundation's focus, it embraces learning in its broadest sense. Accumulating knowledge also includes teaching/training among health and human services as well as offering opportunities to broaden people's experience through arts and culture.


The Foundation emphasizes giving to the Greater Milwaukee area, Northwestern Mutual's hometown. Over the past five years, the Foundation contributed $70 million to non-profit organizations, over half of which remained in the Greater Milwaukee area. Northwestern Mutual employees and financial representatives annually donate thousands of hours to local causes. These personal efforts amount to a sizeable commitment that multiplies the impact of the Foundation's grants.

Please note: The Northwestern Mutual Foundation does not have a national open-grants program. Information about the Foundation’s grants and a copy of the Foundation’s current Community Report can be found on Northwestern Mutual’s web site.