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This document is dated January 12, 2009. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Foundation Funds Educational Opportunities in Hartford

More Than $400,000 Awarded in Education and Workforce Development Grants

HARTFORD, CONN., January 12, 2009 — Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded $435,000 in grants aimed at strengthening educational opportunities for Greater Hartford's public school children and adults. The grants target 21 nonprofit organizations that provide critical academic support in the city.

The Boys & Girls Club of Hartford received a $100,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation to fund SMART Moves, a program to teach the skills, knowledge, and positive self-esteem needed to resist drugs, alcohol, and sexual promiscuity. Using small-group activities, SMART Moves teaches young people to recognize and resist media influences and peer pressures that encourage these behaviors.

A $67,000 grant was awarded to The Bushnell to support the Lincoln Financial Center for the Arts in the Community, including reduced-cost access to the Belding Theater for arts groups and the Teen Talent Development Program and Showcase, a new initiative targeting middle and high school students.

Teach For America received $50,000 to help more than double the size of the Teach For America corps in Hartford public schools to approximately 70, reaching more than 6,000 of the city's neediest children. Teach For America currently has 26 corps members in 16 Hartford schools teaching 2,210 students.

A $30,000 grant was made to the Connecticut Forum to help underwrite the 2008–2009 season of the Connecticut YOUTH Forum program. The program gives more than 750 students from 40 high schools and community organizations an opportunity to discuss important issues, share, learn, and interact.

Hartford AmeriCorps, an initiative dedicated to improving the academic performance of children in the city's public schools, will be supported by a $30,000 Lincoln Foundation grant to Our Piece of the Pie. The AmeriCorps program benefits both the young children who receive tutoring services, and the local AmeriCorps members tutoring them who gain valuable work experience and earn education awards that help them work toward receiving a college degree.

Other organizations receiving arts and culture grants:

Early Childhood Programs

  • $20,000 to Village for Families & Children for a pilot program that integrates early childhood and family services programs, including school readiness programming and a full range of family support and therapeutic services.
  • $15,000 to Family Life Education for comprehensive family education services to help parents and children learn skills for long-term success in school, at work, and in the community.

K–12 Programs

  • $10,000 to Connecticut Invention Convention to help increase inner-city student participation in the 2009 Invention Convention.
  • $10,000 to the Hill-Stead Museum to fund Hartford Student Poetry Outreach, a series of reading, writing, and performance workshops for underserved students delivered by a multicultural team of poets.
  • $5,000 to the Mark Twain House to support its Free School Visit program.

Youth Development

  • $25,000 to Leadership Greater Hartford to support Common Ground, a semester-long program that brings together teens from 13 high schools in nine school districts for weekly workshops and a service project to sharpen their leadership skills.
  • $15,000 to Nutmeg Big Brothers–Big Sisters to provide one-to-one mentoring services for low-income Hartford families with at-risk children.

College Programs

  • $25,000 to Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation to fund the next class of Steppingstone Academy, a 14-month academic enrichment and preparation program for underperforming seventh graders who have the potential to succeed in private high schools and helps them gain admission to independent schools.
  • $10,000 to Girl Scouts of Connecticut for Hartford College Pathways, a college readiness program for disadvantaged girls in grades eight through 12.
  • $10,000 to the Greater Hartford Consortium for Higher Education to support Career Beginnings, a ninth and tenth grade program for Hartford students that emphasizes academic achievement, critical skills, and one-to-one advising.

Literacy Programs

  • $10,000 to the Center for Urban Research Education and Training for its Educational Technology Literacy program, which helps adult students learn English and also teaches computer skills critical for success in today's society.
  • $10,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford to provide literacy training to 150 parents through its family literacy program.
  • $5,000 to the Connecticut Humanities Council to bring the Book Voyagers after-school program to a high-need Hartford elementary school.

Financial Literacy

  • $10,000 to Connecticut Association for Human Services for Promoting Family Economic Success, a program that encourages asset-building activities that move individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency.
  • $10,000 to HART to support the HOME program, a comprehensive education initiative for first-time homebuyers, with a special emphasis on financial literacy.

Workforce Development

  • $15,000 to Saint Joseph College to support the Gengras Center's vocational education program and life skills unit, giving special education students the training they need to achieve vocational, career, and personal success.

Other

  • $20,000 to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center for its educational enrichment programs for the approximately 4,400 guests who visit the Center each year.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts/culture, education/workforce development, and human services. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $18 million to local nonprofits. Lincoln Financial Group is listed on THE BCA TEN 2006: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America sponsored by the Business Committee for the Arts.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the greater Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $200 billion as of September 30, 2008. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; mutual funds; managed accounts; institutional investments; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. Affiliates also include: Delaware Investments, the marketing name for Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries; and Lincoln UK. 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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