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This document is dated April 3, 2014. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Group Supports Arts Accessibility And Education In Philadelphia
$413,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

Philadelphia, April 3, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Group is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Philadelphia residents through $150,000 in grants to 13 local nonprofit organizations, as well as $263,000 in multi-year payments to 10 current grantees. These grants are a portion of more than $2.1 million in charitable funds Lincoln Financial has allocated for Philadelphia in 2014.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will receive $20,000 to build capacity within Philadelphia's cultural sector. The Alliance is committed to strengthening the sector through professional development and networking opportunities, audience and community engagement initiatives, research publications, advocacy, and "Chamber"-style membership benefits. The beneficiary of these activities will be the region's cultural sector, including the Alliance's 408 member organizations. The Alliance convenes and challenges the sector through learning and networking opportunities on topics such as building and engaging diverse audiences, capitalization strategies, and understanding and expanding audiences. It also will lead the sector in advocacy, responsiveness and adaptability to ensure that civic leaders continue to view culture as a strategic competitive advantage. It will advocate for fair representation of the arts and cultural sector in both city and state budgets. Funding also will support the Alliance's newest initiative, Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP), which provides free passes to more than a dozen cultural institutions for Philadelphia students, ages 14-19.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $15,000 to Art-Reach to provide access to arts programs for underserved audiences, including individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, at-risk youth and the elderly in need.
  • $15,000 to Astral Artistic Services for its Community Classics program providing unique classical music experiences to senior citizens and disabled adults at Inglis House, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, Center in the Park at Germantown and Philadelphia Senior Center.
  • $15,000 to Clay Studio for its Claymobile outreach program that provides off-site ceramics classes to K-12 students from minority and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.
  • $15,000 to Scribe Video Center for its youth media education programs consisting of a documentary history project for youth, youth media workshops, the Precious Places history project and special youth initiatives.
  • $15,000 to Singing City for its education and outreach programs, featuring Singing City Children's Choir for students in grades 3 through 8.
  • $12,500 to BuildaBridge International for Artology, a summer program for at-risk students integrating arts, biology and environmental science, using Philadelphia's parks and museums as interactive classrooms.
  • $10,000 to Philadelphia Dance Company for its instruction and training program, providing access to ballet, modern, jazz and other styles taught by internationally renowned instructors to underserved local audiences, ages 8-23.
  • $10,000 to Play On, Philly! for its intensive after-school and summer orchestral program at Freire Charter School, which supports 80 students with music instruction and academic focus and success.
  • $7,500 to VSA Arts of Pennsylvania for audio equipment upgrades for area theaters to use with their audiences.
  • $5,000 to 1812 Productions for 1812 Outreach, a unique, in-school theater education program using comedy to serve at-risk students at the South Philadelphia High School and Widener Memorial School for Children with Disabilities.
  • $5,000 to Al-Buston Seed of Culture for its Arab Arts after-school programs at John Moffet Elementary School.
  • $5,000 to InterAct Theatre for InterAction Residency at De LaSalle In Towne offering at-risk boys, ages 14-17, a 50-day intensive drama residency to help them become more engaged and self-expressive.

Multi-year arts payments include:

  • $68,000 to Philadelphia Museum of Art for its teen programs and Corporate Partners program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $30,000 to Musicopia to support its Bridge to Music program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $30,000 to Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates for its signature arts education program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $30,000 to Philadelphia Theatre Company to support its Drama Contact program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $25,000 to Philadelphia Young Playwrights for its In-class Playwriting Education program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $20,000 to Arden Theatre Company to support the Arden for All education outreach program in Philadelphia. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $20,000 to the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial for its Community Partnerships in the Arts program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $15,000 to the Rock School for Dance Education for its Rock Reach program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $15,000 to Walnut Street Theatre Corp. to support the Adopt-a-School program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $10,000 to Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra to support the Orchestrating Leadership program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $18.4 million to Philadelphia nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $207 billion as of December 31, 2013. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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