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This document is dated September 17, 2009. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Foundation Strengthens Education

Forty-Three Philadelphia Nonprofits Receive Grants

PHILADELPHIA, September 17, 2009 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is emphasizing educational excellence and accessibility in its current round of grants aimed at strengthening learning opportunities for Philadelphia youth and adults. The Lincoln Foundation made awards to 43 local nonprofits that sustain learning, including four major grants to leading education-oriented organizations.

"Lincoln Financial Foundation has been proactive in its relationships and partnerships aimed at strengthening Philadelphia's education system," said Susan Segal, the Lincoln Foundation's Philadelphia program officer. "It has sought to support best-in-class, outcome-driven nonprofits. Our grantees help Philadelphia public school students through the entire education spectrum, from pre-K and early literacy programs to intensive middle school support, after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, and high school graduation and college readiness."

Teach For America, which recruits talented recent college graduates with strong academic backgrounds and records of achievement to teach in at-risk city schools, received a $90,000 grant from Lincoln Foundation. The funds will allow Teach For America to increase the number of its corps members teaching in Philadelphia classrooms.

City Year Greater Philadelphia received $67,500 to place a City Year Corps team in a Philadelphia public school during the 2009–2010 school year. Corps members work directly with school administrations to serve students who most need additional support. As near-peer role models and tutors, they form a unique relationship with students, stressing academic support, after-school programming, and positive school activities to reinforce a well-rounded educational environment, high school graduation, and college readiness.

Philadelphia Futures for Youth was awarded $67,500 for its Sponsor-a-Scholar (SAS) college retention program. SAS mentors provide advice and counseling throughout a student's college career, helping them with financial aid, tutoring, selecting majors, working with professors and advisers, time management, and family issues to ensure the students' success.

White-Williams Foundation, a nonprofit that aspires to inspire and support high-achieving Philadelphia public high school students of limited financial means, received $67,500 from the Lincoln Foundation to fund three core programs: Stipends, Scholar Services, and College Connection. Stipends provides more than 1,400 low-income students who maintain A and B grades with monthly payments of $50 to $75 for school supplies, meals, uniforms, class dues, college test and application fees, extracurricular activities, and other basic needs. Scholar Services helps students prepare for college coursework, while College Connection is an after-school college preparatory program.

These awards were part of $970,000 in education and workforce development grants made by the Lincoln Foundation this year.

Additional education grants awarded include:

Pre-K and Early Literacy Programs

  • $30,000 to the Children's Literacy Initiative for its Blueprint for Early Literacy initiative to develop emerging literacy skills in pre-K programs throughout Philadelphia.
  • $25,000 to Settlement Music School of Philadelphia for its nationally-recognized Kaleidoscope pre-school arts enrichment initiative for low-income, inner-city children.
  • $12,500 to Children's Village to support early childhood education and after-school programs for youth in Chinatown.
  • $12,500 to Philadelphia READS to help strengthen the literacy skills of elementary students in Philadelphia through mentoring, book drives, summer reading, and parent literacy workshops.
  • $10,000 to Childspace Cooperative Development for programs that build leadership and business skills among owners and workers at child care centers.

Middle School

  • $30,000 to Steppingstone Foundation for its academic and scholar enrichment and support programs.
  • $25,000 to Project Forward Leap Foundation for its summer education and year-round enrichment program for low-income, inner-city students.
  • $12,500 to Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia for its Breakthrough School Success program aimed at low-income public school students.
  • $10,000 to Need In Deed for Service Learning programs targeting students aged 8–14 and cultivating academic connections to challenging social problems facing urban populations.

High School, Career Preparation, College Preparation, and College Success Programs

  • $25,000 to Philadelphia Youth Network for its 2010 Work Ready Summer Career Exploration program.
  • $20,000 to Philadelphia Education Fund for its College Access program, providing one-on-one college prep guidance to students in 21 under-resourced and understaffed city schools.
  • $15,000 to Philadelphia Academies for the Industry Pipeline Initiative, providing students with work and life readiness support, training, internships and apprenticeships, and mentoring.

After-School Programs

  • $30,000 to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia for Adopt-a-Center, a program that provides homework clubs, literacy programs, and computer education in League youth centers.
  • $15,000 to Communities in Schools of Philadelphia for its After-School Enrichment Academy services to 1,100 children in 10 schools.
  • $12,500 to After-School Activities Partnerships for ASAP, a program providing more than 80 after-school enrichment activities, including chess, debate, yoga, and dance.
  • $10,000 to Heart of Variety for after-school programs for 200 youth with disabilities at nine sites throughout the city from 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Mentoring and Youth Leadership

  • $35,000 to YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity to support youth and teen programs at three YMCA branches.
  • $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania to extend its successful school-based mentoring program.

Business and Entrepreneur Programs for Students

  • $20,000 to The Enterprise Center for the YES program, using entrepreneurial education to provide high school students with skills in professional writing, financial literacy, higher order problem solving, and public speaking.
  • $10,000 to Breakfree Youth Design Group to use sewing and clothing design instruction to teach students technical and life skills, financial literacy, and critical thinking.
  • $5,000 to the Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education for Money Matters in Middle School, a program that promotes economic and financial education from kindergarten through high school.

Workforce Development & Adult Education

  • $35,000 to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation for expanded hours at the Paschalville Job Readiness Center.
  • $20,000 to Congreso de Latinos Unidos for its Leadership Development Initiative skills training program.
  • $20,000 to Ready Willing and Able to support career development, transitional work, and job training and placement services for 70 homeless and formerly incarcerated men.
  • $20,000 to the Metropolitan Career Center for STRIVE Plus, a seven-week job readiness training program, targeting low-income minority men and women.
  • $12,500 to the Business Center at New Covenant Campus to address small business needs through community workshops, a youth entrepreneurship program, and the Enterprising Women Business Plan competition.
  • $12,500 to the Community Learning Center for programs that give adults the skills and counseling they need to achieve their educational and work goals.
  • $5,000 to Career Wardrobe to support the Gateway to Success Educational Program that teaches women skills to be successful employees and retain employment.
  • $5,000 to PathWaysPA to support the Workforce Edge Project, providing pregnant and parenting girls the necessary education and job skills to ensure academic and financial self-sufficiency.

Cultural Education Programs for Public School Students

  • $40,000 to Franklin Institute to support the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program of intensive school-year and summer study of earth science, robotics, and the technology of modern architecture for 125 middle and high school students, as well as the ACCESS program, providing free field trips to the museum for children from underserved schools.
  • $30,000 to National Constitution Center to support educational outreach programming, including the Living History, Traveling History, and Young Citizens Class Visit Scholarship programs for underserved children.
  • $20,000 to the Zoological Society of Philadelphia for its Junior Zoo Apprentice wildlife conservation and education program for at-risk youth.
  • $15,000 to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for Women in Natural Sciences (WINS), a summer and after-school science enrichment program for girls from economically-disadvantaged families.
  • $15,000 to the John Bartram Association for the Southwest Philadelphia School Initiative, providing 3,000 elementary and middle school students with free bus transportation and admission to the site, as well as hands-on seasonal lessons about botany, horticulture, birds, and colonial Philadelphia history.
  • $15,000 to Please Touch Museum to support its year-round ACES program (Achievement through Community Service, Education, and Skill Building), a work-based learning, enrichment, and mentoring program serving at-risk, high school female students.
  • $10,000 to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the Green City Teacher program engaging and assisting inner city public school teachers in environmental education.
  • $10,000 to Urban Tree Connection for Greening Low-Income Neighborhood initiatives, including children's garden clubs, a youth apprenticeship program, and supporting local gardening and fresh foods in the Haddington, Cobbs Creek, North Central, and West Oak Lane sections of Philadelphia.
  • $5,000 to Wagner Free Institute of Science for children's education and neighborhood outreach programs in North Philadelphia.

Technology

  • $12,500 to NPower Pennsylvania for nonprofit technology assessment and planning.

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 allocated more than $2.5 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2008. Since 1999, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $22 million to Philadelphia-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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