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This document is dated August 31, 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 Underwrites Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship Programs

OMAHA, Neb., August 31, 2009 — Lincoln Financial Foundation has invested in the growth and integrity of Omaha's business community with two recent education and workforce development grants.

The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Foundation will use Lincoln Foundation funds to help underwrite its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Division, which promotes new and innovative high-growth ventures. The program also will focus on recruiting and mentoring entrepreneurs and inventors through presentations on college campuses as well as marketing aimed at existing entrepreneurial start-up businesses. Its goal is to help fledgling high-growth businesses grow into successful new ventures that can create significant wealth and employment in the region.

Ethical business leadership is the focus of a Lincoln Foundation grant awarded to the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics at Creighton University. International and nationally-known business ethics experts, as well as local business leaders with reputations for honor and integrity, will participate in local organizational ethics workshops and leadership through solidarity events that help corporate managers and directors maintain stronger, ethical cultures within their firms. An ethics outreach program also will train rank-and-file employees in ethical business practices. The goal of the program is to encourage Omaha companies to maintain formal ethics programs and to equip business leaders to model ethical behavior within their organizations.

Both organizations received $25,000 grants from the Lincoln Foundation.

Other education and workforce development grants awarded include:

  • $20,000 to Child Saving Institute for the Bridges to Success Program, which develops independent living skills for youth who will be aging out of foster care.
  • $20,000 to Omaha Children's Museum to support field trips to the Museum for low-income schools.
  • $8,000 to Conference for Inclusive Communities for IncluCity I and IncluCity Middle programs for high school and middle school students to increase their diversity awareness and leadership skills.
  • $8,000 to Girls Incorporated of Omaha for Project D.O.R.M, a program offering academic support, college preparation, and mentoring to girls from low-income families.
  • $7,500 to Big Brother Big Sisters of the Midlands for community-based mentoring for at-risk young people.
  • $6,000 to YMCA of Greater Omaha for the After-School Program with Liberty Elementary School students. Homework assistance is coordinated with teachers from the school.
  • $5,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands for Power Hour, a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program.
  • $5,000 to Camp Fire USA for Academic Excellence in Camp Fire After-School Programs, which are for all children.
  • $5,000 to Chicano Awareness Center for adult computer classes in the Computer Information Technology Center.
  • $5,000 to Family Housing Advisory Services for financial literacy education and asset building classes.
  • $5,000 to the Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska, for Night Owls and Moon Shadows, a nature program designed specifically for urban girls.
  • $5,000 to HALO (Heartland Family Service for Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones) to provide support to area childhood education providers on healthy curricula.
  • $5,000 to Nebraska Humanities Council for Prime Time Family Reading Time, a six-week program of reading, discussion, and storytelling held at public libraries.
  • $3,500 to Literacy Center for the Midlands for one-on-one mentoring instruction.
  • $2,500 to All Our Kids for its Career Exploration Project, which enables middle school students to explore career opportunities.
  • $1,000 to the Language and Cultural School of Omaha for Latino Connect, a program for Hispanic parents and children.

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. The Lincoln Foundation awarded almost $400,000 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2008. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed nearly $1 million to Omaha-area nonprofits.

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 $181 billion as of June 30, 2009. 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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