Local financial adviser wins community-support grant

For the fourth year, Nate Fikse is recognized for his volunteer work

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/20/21

Nate Fikse, a financial adviser at Northwestern Mutual in Castle Rock, continues to do his part and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. For the fourth consecutive year, Fikse won a company contest …

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Local financial adviser wins community-support grant

For the fourth year, Nate Fikse is recognized for his volunteer work

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Nate Fikse, a financial adviser at Northwestern Mutual in Castle Rock, continues to do his part and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. For the fourth consecutive year, Fikse won a company contest where Northwest Mutual’s top volunteers nationwide receive a $25,000 grant to give to a nonprofit of their choosing.

Northwestern Mutual’s financial advisers, through the company’s foundation, have awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide as part of the 2021 Community Service Awards Program.

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

Sixteen financial advisors, including Fiske, 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.

“It is flattering and a cool feeling to have (Northwestern Mutual) give back to so many communities,” Fiske said. “I am honored to be in the same category as 16 individuals who won, but also for all those across the country who took the time to apply. If we are not doing this, who is?”

Fiske said he is honored to receive the recognition for the fourth time. In previous years, Fiske has given the grant money to organizations such as the Starlight Foundation, Boys Town and his alma mater, UCLA Health Operation Mend. This year, Fiske said the $25,000 will go to LEAD OC, an organization where community leaders provide resources and programs for military families and children.

“I am continuously moved by the stories of those that LEAD OC’s work is positively making an impact on,” said Fikse. “This grant will support the organization’s mission to help military families, especially those struggling with mental health, and go toward marketing and event efforts for the charities LEAD OC supports.”

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.

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