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Northwestern Mutual Donates $10,000 to Junior Achievement on behalf of employee

Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is recognized local area nonprofits with grants totaling $225,000 through its Days of Sharing program. Now in its seventh year, the Days of Sharing program provides employees with the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit organization in the Milwaukee area to receive funding from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.


"Our Days of Sharing program allows our employees to recognize local nonprofits that enrich and improve our communities," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "Employees at Northwestern Mutual have a shared passion of giving back, this program is a way for us to spotlight their dedication and volunteer service."


More than 700 employees nominated their preferred local nonprofit. 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.


Junior Achievement was honored to be the charity of choice by JA volunteer, Heena Ruparel, receiving a $10,000 gift from Northwestern Mutual! It is an honor to be recognized and to be able to provide financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education to Wisconsin youth. Thank you for your generosity and dedication to volunteerism, Heena! 


Watch employee winners being surprised:



JA Volunteer Spotlight: Heena Ruparel

Employer: Northwestern Mutual


We took a moment to share more about Heena and why she voluneers for JA! 


1. Describe what you do in your day job: I am a support manager for the Annuities area at Northwestern Mutual.


2. What you volunteer with JA:  I primarily volunteer with grade schools


3. What is the funniest or most memorable thing that has happened to you while volunteering for JA?  It’s always funny to hear kindergartners get excited about their new shoes and adventures but the most memorable times are when a past student sees me in the hallways and says hello!


5. Tell us about the Northwestern Mutual initiative that allowed you to give us such a generous gift to help JA students:  Days of Sharing provides grants to charities nominated by employees. This is a great way for employees to get a donation for their favorite nonprofit.



6. Why did you choose JA to receive this gift from Northwestern Mutual?  I have volunteered with JA for 7 years and I love seeing the faces of young kids when they are learning new things.  It is important for me to give back to something that is important to me.


7. Please share your advice for other professionals in the community thinking about volunteering for Junior Achievement: I would encourage everybody to teach a class, if you are already a volunteer, bring somebody with you so they can observe how fun it is.

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