Cradling New Life awarded MDRT Grant

“This grant will go far in helping Cradling New Life achieve its goals of increasing assistance…and the number of families we are able to help.”

-Cradling New Life President Mindy Nelson

The MDRT Foundation has awarded a USD $5,000 grant to Cradling New Life, a Des Moines-based charity that provides assistance to families with babies in Iowa hospitals’ Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). “This grant will go far in helping Cradling New Life achieve its goals of increasing the amount of assistance we are able to provide to each family as well as doubling the number of families we are able to help at Mercy One in Des Moines, Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, and Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City,” said Cradling New Life’s President, Mindy Nelson.

Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1.6 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to over 300 charitable organizations worldwide. Layne Brown of Pleasant Hill’s Copper Creek Financial Group has been an active member of MDRT since 2006 and nominated the Des Moines-based charity for a 2022 grant. “The MDRT Foundation is a great resource that supports its members in giving back to our local communities and those in need all around the world,” he said.

Layne Brown of Copper Creek Financial Group, left, and Carrie McCuen, Cradling New Life’s Financial Secretary.
Mindy Nelson, Board of Directors President for Cradling New Life, left, and Carrie McCuen, Cradling New Life’s Financial Secretary.

About Cradling New Life:

When babies are born prematurely or with health issues, families are unexpectedly thrown into difficult situations—emotionally and financially. Cradling New Life is privileged to help the families who have little ones in an Iowa hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when it feels like their worlds are crumbling. Typically, parents take time off of work to be with their baby in the hospital. In doing so, their incomes come to a halt, but their bills do not. And it’s nearly impossible to focus on bills when a newborn child is faced with such uncertainty and unimaginable obstacles. Cradling New Life seeks to support families in their time of great need by providing monetary assistance with mortgages and rent, utilities, insurance premiums, car payments, grocery bills, and gasoline expenses. For more information, visit and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @CradlingNewLife.

About the MDRT Foundation:

The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $38 million in more than 72 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit  

About MDRT:

Founded in 1927, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 86,000 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information, please visit and follow them on Twitter @MDRtweet

About Copper Creek Financial Group:

Pleasant Hill-based Copper Creek Financial Group is a team of independent financial advisors. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Layne Brown specializes in helping families, individuals, and small business owners implement and effectively manage “financial game plans.” Layne was born and raised on a farm near Hampton, Iowa, and is a graduate of Iowa State University. For more about CCFG, visit and follow them on Facebook @coppercreekfg.