Community Involvement

Casual Friday's to support United Heroes League

March Madness at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

MARCH 2018 - Northwestern Mutual - Woodbury sponsored a March Madness viewing party at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital for patients, their families and staff.  This year, in addition to watching the game, we hosted a free throw contest in the Kyle Rudoph End Zone, where we sponsored the buildout of the basketball court.

Northwestern Mutual-The Columns Resource Group receives Childhood Cancer Impact Award for local fundraising efforts

JANUARY, 2014 - Northwestern Mutual-The Columns Resource Group was recently awarded the Childhood Cancer Impact Award and a $50,000 donation that will be given to Childhood Cancer on their behalf.  This award recognized Northwestern Mutual-The Columns Resource Group's outstanding dedication to the company’s Childhood Cancer Program and highlighted the volunteers and fundraising activities they completed last September.  For more information on this award, visit our Community Involvement page, here.

Northwestern Mutual-The Columns Resource Group receives Childhood Cancer Impact Award for local fundraising efforts

Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource Group was recently recognized for their fundraising efforts during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month last September.  Following an exciting month of raising over $30,000, we were able to donate four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ and three Starlight Tablets to hospitals across Minneapolis. Due to these great efforts, we are honored to have received the Childhood Cancer Impact Award and $50,000 to be donated on our behalf to Childhood Cancer.  Here is a picture of our office accepting the award!

Northwestern Mutual Donates $30,000 During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Starlight Fun Centers and Tablets Bring Entertainment to Children Battling Cancer

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Northwestern Mutual donated nearly $30,000 to hospitals across Minneapolis in the form of four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centersand three Starlight Tablets.  This donation is part of the ongoing efforts of the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program, a multi-year commitment to accelerate a cure for childhood cancer and support families dealing with the disease.

See videos of our dedication ceremonies by clicking this link.

Starlight Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that easily roll up to a hospital bed so children can play video games and watch movies. Starlight Tablets are enhanced iPads that link to Starbright World, Starlight’s social network where children can connect on chat rooms, post on bulletin boards, watch movies, play games and more. Whether nervously awaiting surgery, enduring treatment or sitting in their hospital room, Fun Centers and Tablets help children cope by providing endless hours of fun and entertainment.


On September 20th, Northwestern Mutual donated the Fun Centers and Tablets to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, St. Paul Children’s Hospital, Centracare Hospital in St. Cloud and Essentia Hospital in Duluth. 

For more information about Northwestern Mutual, its Foundation and its Childhood Cancer Program visit


Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota

The Columns Resource Group is proud to be a partner in the growth and expansion of one of its community’s biggest campuses and one of the nation’s top business schools. Their $125,000 sponsorship of the Carlson School of Management - University of Minnesota helps to deepen the impact they are already making with many alumni participating in volunteer mentoring and educational opportunities.

The Columns Resource Group Undergraduate Scholarship has also been created, which will be awarded every year to an incoming freshman. The promising recipient of this scholarship must have demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a need for financial assistance to pursue their academic ambitions. The Columns Resource Group is excited to have the opportunity to help deserving young people with the chance at a world class business education.

Birdies for Brains

Brian Eder, a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource Group is preparing to take on the 6th Annual Birdies for Brains, an event Eder created in 2012 to benefit The MN Brain Injury Alliance.  The event takes place on June 21st, the summer solstice and longest day of the year.  Brian and seven other golfers will tee off at 4:30 a.m. and golf until they can no longer see the ball.  This will equate to roughly 20 hours and 100 holes of golf to raise money for The MN Brain Injury Alliance.

The White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson, WI has graciously donated the golf carts and greens fees, allowing Birdies for Brains to donate 100% of the proceeds.  If you are interested in learning more about this event please contact Brian directly at 651-714-6815.

For more information on The MN Brain Injury Alliance, please visit their website:

The Columns Resource Group Foundation donated to The Arc Minnesota

The Columns Resource Group Foundation donated $1,500 to The Arc Minnesota earlier this year. Molly Murphy a Financial Representative visited the organization and presented a check to The Arc of Minnesota's Steve Larson. Molly learned about The Arc from a close friend who works at the organization. After learning about the organization, she felt it would be a great fit for The Columns Resource Group Foundation and wanted to contribute. Molly said, "It reminds me of the [Columns Resource Group] foundation in that it started small and now has expanded into the great 'thing' that it is. The foundation is there to help others and do as much good as it can, and the Arc's mission is similar."

The mission of The Arc Minnesota is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Originally organized to serve children with intellectual disabilities, The Arc now serves people of all ages with many kinds of developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Arc is different from other organizations in that it is concerned with the total life of an individual, from birth to death, and with all services or needs an individual and his or her family may have.

The Columns Resource Group Foundation is planning to stay involved with The Arc Minnesota. For more information on the organization, please see The Arc Minnesota page.



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