Highland Park resident receives fourth community service award

For the fourth time, Steve Braun, a Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor who lives in Highland Park, has been recognized by the company as the winner of the 2022 Community Service Award. Braun has served as a board member and active supporter of Cures Within Reach and, as part of the Community Service Award, donated $15,000 to the Chicago-based nonprofit. He previously received the award from Northwestern Mutual in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Cures Within Reach is catalyzing the testing of approved therapies for new indications in the United States and beyond. Locally, he works to improve health disparities by funding Chicago-based clinical trials for diseases that affect racial/ethnic minority communities.

“I truly believe that being an active, committed volunteer and supporting nonprofit organizations creates a more vibrant, healthier community and provides ongoing benefits for everyone involved,” said Steve Braun of Northwestern Mutual.

Each year, Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial services company, recognizes the leadership of its financial advisors who make a difference in their own communities through exemplary volunteerism. As part of these efforts, the company, through its Foundation, is awarding $310,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide through its 2022 Community Service Awards. Northwestern Mutual has donated more than $6.6 million to nonprofits nationwide through the Community Service Awards program since the program’s inception in 1995.

“Making a positive impact in the community is what our advisors do every day when serving their clients. Their passion for giving back is demonstrated by their dedication to incredible causes that make a real difference in their own backyards,” said said Steve Radke, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “At Northwestern Mutual, we pride ourselves on having a network of advisors who are committed to improving the lives of those around them.”

The company has donated more than $6.6 million to nonprofits nationwide through the Community Service Awards program since the program’s inception in 1995. The 2022 winners will present their grants to their nonprofits across the country this spring.

Learn more about Steve Braun and his volunteer efforts with Cure’s Within Reach here.

Jill E. Washington