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This document is dated April 9, 2010. 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 Food, Shelter, and Social Services

More Than $225,000 Awarded in Human Services Grants

HARTFORD, Conn., April 9, 2010 — Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded grants to 15 local nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry, provide emergency shelter to the homeless and abused, and provide other social services.

Foodshare received $40,000 to support its efforts to fight hunger and improve nutrition in Hartford. Foodshare works year-round to increase the self-sufficiency of those in need, increase the community's involvement in addressing hunger, and improve food assistance in the city. Hunger and poor nutrition correlate to poor performance in the workplace and at school, domestic violence, homelessness, infant mortality, low infant birth weight, and diminished physical and behavioral development in children.

The Lincoln Foundation also awarded $30,000 to the Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center for breast cancer rehabilitation and services. The grant will be used to support an array of innovative programs to treat the side effects of breast cancer treatment and rebuild the lives of breast cancer survivors. The program includes comprehensive medical rehabilitation as well as breast cancer survival planning for survivors and their families.

The support for Foodshare and Easter Seals was part of more than $225,000 in human services grants made in Hartford by the Lincoln Foundation.

Other organizations receiving human services grants:

  • $20,000 to HARC to provide family support services for people with developmental disabilities.
  • $15,500 to Operation Fuel to provide emergency energy assistance through local fuel banks.
  • $15,000 to Hartford Interval House to provide shelter, counseling, and support to victims of domestic violence.
  • $15,000 to New Haven Diaper Bank for its Diaper Distribution Network, which provides free diapers to low-income families through local service providers.
  • $15,000 to South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corporation for the STRIVE/SAND Program, a workforce development initiative.
  • $12,000 to the Connecticut Institute for the Blind for the NEAT Center at Oak Hill, where individuals with disabilities are provided with adaptive technology that helps them live independently.
  • $10,000 to American National Red Cross for disaster response services.
  • $10,000 to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation in order to place a guide dog with a visually-impaired resident of Greater Hartford.
  • $10,000 to Loaves & Fishes Ministries for its soup kitchen, a basic feeding program for the poor and homeless.
  • $10,000 to the Malta House of Care Foundation for a medical van that provides free primary medical care to low-income people.
  • $10,000 to the Open Hearth Association for Food for Homeless Men, a program providing meals for the men in Open Hearth's shelter and transitional living program.
  • $8,000 to Hands on Hartford for the MANNA Basic Needs Program, which provides community meals, family assistance, senior services, and a weekend backpack project for low-income children.
  • $5,000 to the YWCA of the Hartford Region to provide a shelter for the chronically homeless.

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, human services, and workforce and 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 $895,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2009. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed almost $20 million to local 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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