Despite the ongoing challenges of the past year, a recent study found that 85% of nonprofit organizations had an increase in volunteerism requests,more than double pre-pandemic levels. Northwestern Mutual’s financial advisors have been no exception, as they continue to serve their communities where support is needed most. To spotlight these efforts, the company, through its Foundation, is awarding nearly $300,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide as part of its 2021 Community Service Awards Program.

Sixteen financial advisors are recognized each year through this program for going above and beyond through volunteer service. As part of the award, each winner receives a grant to benefit a local nonprofit they support. West Winfield resident Dana DiNigro, a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual – New Hartford, has been chosen as a 2021 recipient of the award, receiving a $15,000 grant to CNY Quest for Mia’s Place.

“No matter the odds, our advisors have remained committed to helping others,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Their spirit and dedication is an inspiration and we’re proud to recognize the meaningful change they’ve  accomplished.”

After Dana’s daughter, Mia, was diagnosed with autism she became inspired to create an inclusive and interactive space where her daughter and others with neurodevelopmental disorders can learn and play alongside typical children. Dana turned to CNY Quest, a nonprofit that helps enrich the lives of people with developmental, intellectual and mental health disorders by providing them with comprehensive, state-of-the-art assessment services and connecting individuals and their families
to resources. With the support of Dr. Andy Lopez-Williams, neuropsychologist and founder of CNY Quest, Dana founded Mia’s Place. Mia’s Place is a multi-sensory recreational center for children with and without developmental disabilities and their families to play, learn and integrate.

“I wanted to give my daughter the opportunity to interact with all children in a setting tailored to her needs and Mia’s Place will help provide these experiences,” said Dana. “This grant will help us serve more families in the area and allow us to add special programming for families such as classes, therapy sessions and support groups.”


Since 1995, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has donated more than $6.3 million through its Community Service Awards Program. This year’s winners were recently announced at the company’s virtual regional meeting.


About Northwestern Mutual Foundation
The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $400 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company’s employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination. Visit Northwestern Mutual Foundation to learn more.


About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping people and businesses achieve financial security for more than 160 years. Through a holistic planning approach, Northwestern Mutual combines the expertise of its financial professionals with a personalized digital experience and industry-leading products to help its clients plan for what’s most important. With $308.8 billion in total assets, $31.1 billion in revenues, and $2 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.75 million people with life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, and brokerage and advisory services. The company manages more than $200 billion of investments owned by its clients and held or managed through its wealth management and investment services businesses. Northwestern Mutual ranks 102 on the 2020 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2021.


Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).

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