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This document is dated May 24, 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 Sponsors Educational Opportunity

More Than $67,000 in Education Grants Awarded

CONCORD, N.H., , May 24, 2010 — New Hampshire children — particularly those from low-income or immigrant backgrounds — will gain increased access to educational and cultural programming through grants recently awarded by the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Ranging from hands-on field trips to classroom-based seminars, the programs provide children with opportunities to increase literacy, adopt socialization skills, and learn how to be better citizens.

The New Hampshire Historical Society received $10,000 to underwrite the Lincoln Financial Education Outreach Program, a series of seven free, artifact-based classroom lessons that will reach more than 2,000 elementary and middle school students across New Hampshire. Preference will be given to underserved schools, or those with a high proportion of low-income students. Teachers will be able to choose the traveling outreach program that best fulfills their curricular benchmarks for social studies instruction.

A $10,000 grant to New Hampshire Public Television will help fund Ready to Learn, a children's literacy program that holds parenting and literacy workshops, educator forums for teachers, and distributes more than 10,000 free first books to children in need. Families living in poverty typically lack access to books, and therefore read to their children 40 times less than middle-income or wealthy families do. Ready to Learn aims to increase low-income parent involvement in developing their children's reading habits.

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire will use a $7,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation to underwrite its Museum InReach program, which provides free, curriculum-based visits to the museum for low-income school systems. The program is part of the museum's ReachAll Initiative that attempts to eliminate economic barriers to visiting the educational site. It will focus on science, math, world cultures, and arts studies for students in the pre-kindergarten to Grade 6 age range.

A $7,000 grant to Strawbery Banke Museum will expand the number of free New Hampshire History Explorers workshops for first- through third-graders from economically-challenged New Hampshire schools. The three-hour workshops consist of five lessons built around hands-on activities that draw students closer to the lives of New Hampshire residents from colonial times through the mid-20th century.

"The Lincoln Foundation is committed to providing opportunities that expose individuals of all ages to programs that expand literacy and knowledge and improve achievement," said Byron Champlin, Concord program officer for the Lincoln Foundation. "We want our youth to be productive contributors to our communities."

These awards are part of $67,545 in education grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently made to 11 New Hampshire nonprofits.

Other organizations receiving education grants:

  • $10,000 to Concord Family YMCA to provide tuition scholarships for its pre-school Child Development Center to low-income families.
  • $6,000 to Concord Boys & Girls Club for Project Learn, a club-wide after-school educational enhancement program.
  • $5,500 to the Child and Family Services of New Hampshire to provide summer camp scholarships for immigrant and refugee children from Concord and Manchester.
  • $5,000 to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to make its main exhibit trail accessible for individuals with disabilities by providing new motorized scooters for their use.
  • $4,825 to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains for Girls Rock the Capitol — New Hampshire, a legislative internship program that pairs girls with women mentors in the state Legislature.
  • $1,720 to The Fells to fund an art in nature program for preschoolers that uses outdoor experiences and creative expression to build appreciation and knowledge of the natural world.
  • $1,000 to New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies to underwrite a study of state building aid for local schools.

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 $146 billion as of March 31, 2010. 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.



For more information:

Media Contacts:
Jeff VanPelt
603 226-5216
E-mail: MediaRelations@LFG.com

Byron Champlin
603 226-5554
E-mail: MediaRelations@LFG.com

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