Community Involvement

Giving back to the community is imperative and an obligation for my family and me.  When our communities are strong, thriving and prospering, we are all better served and our lives are richer as a result.

Being engaged in the community is more than another step on the corporate ladder, it is a necessity.  There is no greater feeling than paying forward and giving back.  I have spent much of my adult life living by these principles and encourage others to do the same.  It’s not always about writing a check.

Sometimes it’s equally rewarding when you take the time to volunteer in a food-line for the homeless or shop with an impoverished child for new clothes for the school year.  And when you do, you are able to give something much greater than dollars alone and touch hearts.

There is no greater pain than hunger or a worse state of mind than that of hopelessness. “From the moment that I became engaged with Broward Partnership for the Homeless, I was convinced that this organization was making a difference and providing opportunities for the homeless to turn their lives around, something that I have witnessed first-hand as a volunteer and while attending events in support of this great cause," said Ed McCluskey.

The leadership and staff of Broward Partnership work tirelessly to change this dynamic, not only by feeding and housing these individuals, but placing them on a course of independence through counseling and the teaching of life skills so that they can become productive contributors to our society and restore their self-esteem.  A first-class organization with a sterling reputation, Broward Partnership can say with conviction that nearly 90 cents on every dollar raised benefits those in need, a testimony to their accountability and a remarkable achievement for a not-for-profit organization.

For Ed McCluskey, being involved in Broward Partnership is what it feels like to give someone hope for a better future.

Did you know?  Kristi House rescues the forgotten victims of sexual abuse.  Also, Kristi House is dedicated to protecting, respecting and healing the children.

Kristi House, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization in Miami, Florida, dedicated to healing and eradicating child sexual abuse. Kristi House operates the Orlowitz-Lee Children’s Advocacy Center responsible for sexual abuse cases in all of Miami-Dade County, population 2.5 million.

The Center is comprised of seven partner agencies involved in meeting the legal, medical and emotional needs of child victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, and holding the perpetrators responsible.

Motivated to helping our society’s most vulnerable – our children, Ed McCluskey is a donor to Kristi House and supports the organization’s annual hallmark fundraiser:  The Touch of Heart Dinner & Auction. 

Giving back.  It is simple concept, but one not grasped often enough.  One person who fully understands what it means to give back, however is Jason Taylor, ESPN Analyst, legendary Miami Dolphins Defensive End and 2007 NFL Man of the Year.  From his humble beginnings as a Pittsburgh youth serving as a missionary, to his endless hours of community involvement as an NFL superstar, Jason Taylor has always given something of himself to those less fortunate.

Choosing the Jason Taylor Foundation to support was an easy decision for Ed McCluskey and his family.  The Foundation’s goals and mission are clearly in keeping with Ed’s values and desire to give back.  The character of athlete should not always be judged on how they played the game, but rather, how they live their life off the field.  Jason Taylor is an exemplary role model for doing the right thing by building a better future for kids.  Being a donor to a cause is more than being a sponsor to event.  It requires being in engaged in the organization and embracing its purpose.  Ed saw that in the Jason Taylor Foundation and has chosen to be advocate for the charity, both personally and financially.

Being a company guy is nothing new for Ed McCluskey.  When Northwestern Mutual adopted childhood cancer as a cause that they wanted to find more effective treatments and, ultimately, cures for, Ed wanted to do more.

The vision and mission of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation are clear:  1) Help ensure the health and happiness of children everywhere and 2) To raise funds and awareness for Miami Children's Hospital.

In short, Miami Children’s HospitalFoundation supports the Hospital by providing the opportunity for members of the local and global community to invest in our children’s future. Our contributions help provide children with the doctors, facilities and innovations that give them the best chance to heal.

Eager to make a difference, Ed and some of his Northwestern Mutual colleagues pooled their financial resources in support of Miami Children’s Hospital.  They have supported numerous Foundation Signature events including, Wine, Women and Shoes which raised over $450,000 and the Diamond Ball, a hallmark event for the Foundation.  In April, they also took to the “greens” and played in the flagship annual Corporate Golf Invitational and attended the Inaugural Gentlemen’s Night Out, both hosted by the iconic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.  Their foursome was paired with All-Pro Miami Dolphin Dick Anderson and on this day they were FORE, placing second in a full field of players.

L-R Matt Olsen, Ed McCluskey, Dick Anderson, Kenny Stiles and MCH Major Gifts Officer Harold Robaina.

There are many forms of giving back and community involvement also includes support of professional organizations.  Ed and his colleague Matt Olsen are long-time supporters of the Construction Association of South Florida.  Their involvement includes participation as “Presenting Sponsors” at annual Bowling and Golf tournaments, monthly breakfasts and membership appreciation events.

CASF is a non-profit organization whose members are from all aspects of the construction industry.  Our members include general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, design professionals and other professionals, such as attorneys, accountants and financial professionals - each with a vested interest in the building industry.

The Urban Land Institute is a professional organization with deep roots in the community.  Ed and his colleague Matt Olsen have been involved with ULI for over five years.  Together, they have sponsored many of the organization’s events, including: the annual Economic Outlook meeting where Northwestern Mutual’s Real Estate professionals had a seat at the table during a forum/panel segment of the event.  They are also a sponsor of the ULI annual Vision Awards.

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.



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