FARGO, ND — A Fargo man has been recognized by Northwestern Mutual.

Jeff Dehne, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual-Fargo, is a recipient of the company’s Community Service Award for going “above and beyond” in his community. As such, the company said in a news release on Wednesday, June 24, he will receive a $15,000 grant for Legacy Children’s Foundation, an organization in which he is involved.

Jeff Dehne, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual-Fargo, delivers flowers to a resident in Fargo, N.D.
Jeff Dehne, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual-Fargo, delivers flowers to a resident in Fargo, N.D.Image: Courtesy of Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual recognizes financial advisors every year who go above and beyond in giving back to local communities through its Community Service Awards program. Through its Foundation earlier this year the company announced a donation of more than $310,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the 2020 recipients.

“Our Community Service Awards program honors advisors who go above and beyond in an effort to lift up their communities nationwide through action,” Eric Christophersen, president of Northwestern Mutual Foundation, said in the prepared statement. “Fueled by passion and commitment to service, these advisors continue to better the lives of others through volunteerism.”

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As part of the award, 16 company financial advisors are each recognized with a grant to benefit a nonprofit in which he or she is involved.

Legacy Children’s Foundation was created by Fargo teenagers in 2011 to bring hope and encouragement to youth as they work to complete high school. Through this organization, underserved students are provided with educational resources, tutoring, community service and leadership opportunities and more.

“My motivation to be involved with Legacy Children’s Foundation now, and in the future, is to help ensure low-income students will have access to the same opportunities I had as a kid,” Dehne said. “Thanks to the hard work of everyone on our team, we’ve helped to transform the future of more than 184 students since 2011.”

Beyond building awareness of and enrollment for the organization, Dehne’s involvement in Legacy Children’s Foundation includes delivering food alongside students to seniors and homeless neighbors, providing students with rides, chaperoning trips and more. To support families impacted by the pandemic, Dehne and eight volunteer families have helped deliver over four tons of food to 247 Legacy youth since spring break, and have continued these deliveries while students have been unable to attend school

“Our resources for our youth have not stopped because of COVID-19,” said the foundation’s Executive Director Mary Dehne. “Along with delivering food, we moved our academic coaching and literacy programs to online Zoom meetings, which are run by college students employed to provide this support. These are just a few ways we have continued serving our students and their families. Legacy doesn't quit on kids – we pivot our approach.”