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This document is dated April 19, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Students, Others Experience Opera Through Lincoln Foundation Grant

More than $100,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

OMAHA, Neb., April 19, 2010 — The classic opera of Puccini and Mozart is being introduced to school children and underserved members of the community through a Lincoln Financial Foundation grant to Opera Omaha. The grant, which underwrites preview performances during the 2010–2011 season, will provide deeply-discounted tickets to ensure accessibility to the performing arts and educational opportunities.

Opera Omaha's 2010–2011 season includes performances of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and Puccini's masterpiece, "Madama Butterfly." Lincoln Foundation's $25,000 grant will help provide tickets to 15,000 student and other opera-goers. As part of the Opera's four-year Mozart Festival, a curriculum has been developed to use in middle and high schools, and a special supplementary guide will be created for "Don Giovanni."

"Lincoln Foundation's support underscores Opera Omaha's "Opera for Everyone" initiative and our own focus on providing access to the arts and arts education for underserved children and others in the greater Omaha community," said Sandi Kemmish, director of the Lincoln Foundation.

The grant to Opera Omaha was one of $101,000 in arts grants awarded to 10 Omaha nonprofits in 2010.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $20,000 to Omaha Symphony for school and community education outreach programs that bring the symphony alive to students.
  • $15,000 to Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts for education curriculum for the mural, "Fertile Ground."
  • $10,000 to Omaha Community Playhouse for elementary and middle school outreach programming in Omaha Public Schools.
  • $10,000 to Rose Theatre for after-school education programs for underserved students.
  • $7,500 to El Museo Latino for summer education classes in traditional and Latino art forms.
  • $5,000 to Nebraska Shakespeare for the summer Shakespeare on the Green, featuring two plays.
  • $3,500 to Film Streams for the 2010 Family and Children's Film Series.
  • $2,500 to ARTery for Dancing in the Classroom with Omaha Public Schools.
  • $2,500 to Why Arts for art workshops for disabled individuals and seniors.

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 awarded more than $400,000 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2009. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $1.3 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 $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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