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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 Foundation Supports Arts Accessibility And Education In Fort Wayne
$545,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

Fort Wayne, IN, April 3, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Fort Wayne residents through $265,200 in grants to 16 local nonprofit organizations, as well as a $280,000 multi-year payment to a current grantee. These grants are a portion of more than $2.5 million in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2014.

Fort Wayne Ballet will receive $20,000 to support its 2014-2015 Season Performances, including support for the youth company and outreach performances for underserved audiences. Fort Wayne Ballet's 2014-2015 Season will feature three main-stage performances. Also scheduled are: the Fables, Folk & Fairy Tales Family Series, featuring a children's story; Fort Wayne Ballet, Too, an innovative summer performance staged at a non-traditional community venue; and the newly added three-part Black Box series, which hope to inspire the younger generations to attend classical ballets. Fort Wayne Ballet strives to preserve the classic ballet masterworks as well as remaining relevant and current in today's professional dance culture. To enhance the experience, many performances are presented with other arts organization such as the Heartland Chamber Chorale, Fort Wayne Children's Choir, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $49,000 to Fort Wayne Philharmonic to sponsor one Masterworks Concert, the Ensembles in the Schools music education program, and the Youth Orchestra program.
  • $40,000 to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art to support the 2014 Summer of Glass, an exhibition showcasing the winners of the 42 nd International Glass Invitational and the works of Peter Bremers.
  • $17,500 to Fort Wayne Cinema Center to support programming that focuses on diversity as well as Lincoln Financial's employee attendance package.
  • $16,200 to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to sponsor the 2014-2015 Season, which includes four musicals, three plays and a featured production during the Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.
  • $15,000 to Fort Wayne Dance Collective to support a two-day guest residency by Dayton Contemporary Company from Dayton, Ohio, that includes a master class, lecture demonstration and public concert.
  • $13,500 to Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education for the Multicultural Visiting Artists Program for elementary students, teachers and their families.
  • $13,000 to Fort Wayne Children's Choir to fund music education programs for youth, ages 7 to 18, who participate in one of seven ensembles, workshops, retreats and the annual Choralfest camp.
  • $13,000 to Fort Wayne Youtheatre to support community outreach programs and the 2014-2015 Season of four theater productions.
  • $13,000 to Heartland Chamber Chorale for education outreach, including the Side by Side in Song program for high school students and the Everybody Sing program for elementary and middle school students.
  • $12,000 to Audiences Unlimited to support small ensemble performances provided by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to long-term care residents.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Park Foundation for support of the Foellinger Theatre summer concert series and the free family movie series.
  • $9,000 to Unity Performing Arts Foundation for its Voices of Unity Choir program.
  • $7,500 to ARCH to fund community education programs, including tours, workshops, classroom activities and lectures about the architecture of the community and historic preservation.
  • $7,500 to Artlink for the 35th Annual National Print Exhibition, which focuses on printmaking techniques, including etching, woodcuts, lithography, intaglio, mezzotint, wood engraving, metal engraving, serigraphs and combinations of techniques.
  • $7,000 to Embassy Theatre Foundation for the Learn it Live educational series, which will present performances of Black Violin to students and their families.

Multi-year arts payments include:

  • $280,000 to Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne for its annual fund drive and the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative (NAII). 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 $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2014. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $24.6 million to Fort Wayne 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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Byron Champlin
E-mail: Byron.Champlin@LFG.com

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