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This document is dated March 1, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Lincoln Foundation Funds Healing Arts Program At Crotched Mountain Center

More Than $88,000 Awarded in Human Services Grants

CONCORD, N.H., March 1, 2010 — An innovative program integrating the arts and artists into Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center's educational and therapeutic programming is being funded by the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Start-up money for the program, which will initiate a long-term creative residency at Crotched Mountain, is being provided by a $20,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation.

"The arts residency made possible by Lincoln Financial has broken the barrier of disability and opened the studio to any of New Hampshire's students who yearn for real creative experience and who, with that opportunity, can talk to 'the rest of us' in their original voice," said Donald Shumway, Crotched Mountain's president and CEO. "By this, we are all included in the full experience of humanity."

In the first phase of the program, the resident art group will engage patient-clients, their families, students, educators, caregivers, and others in planning and program development. Crotched Mountain serves people of all ages with disabilities and their families by embracing personal choice and developing and building communities of mutual support.

The grant to Crotched Mountain is part of more than $88,000 in human services grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently awarded to 13 nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire.

Notable human services grants:

  • Concord Area Trust for Community Housing — A $12,725 grant to underwrite the home buyer and financial success center, which helps low- and moderate-income families purchase their first homes and succeed in owning and maintaining them over the long term.
  • Easter Seals New Hampshire — A $10,000 grant to fund a statewide transportation initiative serving individuals with disabilities, the elderly, low-income families, immigrants, and others who lack transportation. The grant will help replace two vehicles, reducing maintenance requirements and increasing in-service hours.
  • Capitol Region Food Program — A $7,000 grant for the Year-Round Distribution Project that provides an important supplemental food source for as many as 30 food pantries, soup kitchens, and social service agencies in Concord and 17 surrounding communities. Part of the grant allowed food to be distributed in the month of January for the first time in the program's history.
  • Riverbend Community Mental Health — A $7,000 grant for the Asperger's Emotional and Social Enrichment Program, which provides an array of services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders who also may benefit from a comprehensive treatment program. The program provides a range of effective interventions to help individuals manage their emotions, deal with stress, and develop social skills.

Other organizations receiving human services grants:

  • $5,000 to the American Red Cross, Granite Chapter, to provide training for setting up and operating community shelters, as well as for healthcare professionals who want to serve in Red Cross shelters.
  • $5,000 to the Friends Program for its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which mobilizes the experience and talent of volunteers who are age 55 or older for community service.
  • $5,000 to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill New Hampshire for a recovery support group program for people living with mental illness.
  • $5,000 to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help reduce the number of New Hampshire children exposed to lead paint poisoning.
  • $4,000 to Families in Transition to fund a Substance Abuse Treatment Program for residents of its Concord transitional housing facilities.
  • $3,000 to the American Diabetes Association to provide camper scholarships to Camp Carefree, in New Durham, for children with diabetes.
  • $3,000 to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind to provide peer support programs for people adjusting to their blindness.
  • $2,000 to Grafton County Senior Citizens Council to provide vulnerable adults with inhome, non-medical services such as companionship, housekeeping, chore assistance, and home-delivered meals.

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, education, human services, and workforce/economic development. 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 $300,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2009. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $1.3 million to New Hampshire 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 $141 billion as of December 31, 2009. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) 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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