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This document is dated April 21, 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 Now Accepting Applications From Education-Focused Nonprofits For 2014 Lincoln's Legacy Award
Deadline to Apply for $50,000 Award Connected to Company's "Lincoln's Legacy" Initiative is June 6, 2014

Radnor, PA, April 21, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced today that it is now accepting applications for its 2014 Lincoln's Legacy Award from education-focused nonprofits. The award recognizes an organization that exemplifies President Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom, opportunity and equality, and whose programs impact increased high school graduation rates and college readiness.

The Lincoln's Legacy Award is part of "Lincoln's Legacy," the company's three-year initiative that began in 2013 with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and culminates in 2015, the year that marks the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. One $50,000 Lincoln's Legacy Award is being presented during each year of the initiative. Last year's inaugural winner was Brigade Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, N.C.

"Our company has a rich history of supporting education in the community, and the Lincoln's Legacy initiative presents another unique opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment," said Nancy Rogers, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility and president of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group. "Through the Lincoln's Legacy Awards, we are proud to recognize organizations whose mission, vision and programs create the level of access and opportunity that our namesake, Abraham Lincoln, envisioned for this nation."

Applications for this year's award are being accepted now through June 6, 2014.

"Diversity and Inclusion are values entwined throughout the fabric of our organization," said Allison Green, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for Lincoln Financial Group. "Lincoln's Legacy and the Lincoln's Legacy Awards enable us to spotlight those groups who are dedicated to our country's children, to sharing their important stories, and to playing a role in shaping successful futures."

All applications meeting the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by Lincoln Financial's Internal Selection Panel, which will select ten finalists. The company's social media community will then vote for their favorite finalist to help choose the winner of this year's Lincoln's Legacy Award. Click here for the application form and other details.

About Lincoln Financial Group
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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For more information:

Holly Fair
E-mail: Holly.Fair@LFG.com

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