Community Involvement

Dax Foundation

The Waite Financial Group is proud to support the Dax Foundation, a local charity that raises awareness and funds to help families and children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Dax Foundation was started by Julie Locke after she experienced the care and medical attention at St.Jude for her son Dax as he battled cancer as a toddler. Dax sadly lost his battle, but Julie fights on to support St. Jude children and families. To learn more visit

We partner with the Dax Foundation in the following ways to support local children and families battling cancer:

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  • In 2016 I agreed to serve as Chairman of the Board for the Dax Foundation.
  • In Spring, the Dax Foundation hosts a fundraiser called Cheers for Dax. We have participated in this fun wine auction event for several years, most recently as a sponsor. This year the event raised $46,000!
  • As an office, we raise money to send kids with cancer and their siblings to a medically staffed summer camp called Camp Hope. We were proud to sponsor campers again this year and send several team members to volunteer at the camp!
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In 2019, I was chosen to be 1 of 16 financial advisors to receive a $20,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual to benefit a local non-profit of our choice. For us, we chose the DAX Foundation. It is very close to our hearts here at Northwestern Mutual Greater Peoria.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

In July of 2012, Northwestern Mutual launched its signature philanthropic program to accelerate the search for a cure to childhood cancers and help families battling this disease. As a business, we help people secure their futures and reach for their dreams. We want the same for children fighting cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front-yard lemonade stand of four-year-old cancer patient Alexandra Scott (1996-2004). It is now a national fundraising movement that has raised more than $120 million. You can learn more about ALSF by watching the video below and at

Every summer our office hosts our own lemonade stand and raise awareness and money for ALSF. Our summer interns plan and promote the stand as part of our award-winning internship program highlighting the impact this career has in our client's lives and in the community we serve. In 2015 we raised $1,136. Our lemonade stand this year will be at our office at 410 Fayette Street on July 8 10am-3pm. Join us! Or to learn more and help us beat last year's goal:

On September 10 my kids Ben (age 7) and Ava (age 5) hosted a lemonade stand at our house on the day of our neighborhood garage sale. Through all the hard work of spending time with their Grandpa Jeff building the stand, walking the entire neighborhood putting the yellow flyers in everyone’s mailboxes, and sitting in the sun for 5 hours on a beautiful Saturday, they raised $1,003! Northwestern Mutual Foundation matched 100% of the donations, helping Ben and Ava raise $2,000 to help fund research for childhood cancer.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Over the last 13 years I have served on the board of the Greater Peoria FCA. I am proud to continue to support the Greater Peoria FCA and the impact they have on local teens. I am passionate about personal growth and my involvement with FCA has challenged and inspired me.

You can learn more about FCA here:

Peoria Christian School Board Member

Joshua T Waite, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®
Wealth Management Advisor

Waite Financial Group


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