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This document is dated July 26, 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 Strengthens Omaha Education
12 Local Nonprofits Receive Grants

Omaha, Neb., July 26, 2010 — Giving young people the tools they need to live successful lives and be productive members of the community is the focus of several of the 12 education grants recently made to local nonprofit organizations by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

All Our Kids will receive a grant to expand its Summer Career Exploration Project, which helps middle and high school students at seven target schools broaden their perspective on career opportunities available in Omaha. The program is aimed at giving renewed hope to low-income children whose families don't believe they can pursue college or trade school.

A grant to the Conference for Inclusive Communities will fund programs aimed at providing human relations, diversity awareness and leadership development training for middle and high school students. The training helps to create a school culture in which students can learn, work and play in peace and with mutual respect by learning how to examine biases and prejudices, dismantle stereotypes, build lasting cross-cultural relationships and learn ways to peacefully resolve conflict.

Elementary school children will learn their roles as consumers, producers and citizens through a Junior Achievement of the Midlands financial education program funded by Lincoln Foundation. Junior Achievement volunteers provide age-appropriate lessons in the classroom that complement the school's social studies curriculum and teach decision-making and problem-solving skills while providing positive role models and demonstrating the need to be lifelong learners.

Education grants awarded by the Lincoln Foundation include:
  • $20,000 to Child Saving Institute for the Bridges to Success Program, which develops independent living skills for youth who will be aging out of foster care.
  • $20,000 to Omaha Children's Museum to support field trips to the museum for low-income schools.
  • $12,000 to Junior Achievement to support financial literacy programs in elementary schools.
  • $10,000 to Durham Western Heritage Museum for its Scholars in Residence program for children in grades K-12.
  • $8,000 to Conference for Inclusive Communities for the IncluCity Middle and IncluCity I programs to increase diversity awareness and leadership skills among middle school and high school students.
  • $8,000 to Girls Incorporated of Omaha for GirlSTART, a literacy program for girls in kindergarten through second grade.
  • $7,500 to Big Brother Big Sisters of the Midlands for community-based mentoring for at-risk young people.
  • $5,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands for Power Hour, a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program.
  • $5,000 to Camp Fire USA for after-school learning lab programs in math for kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • $5,000 to the Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska, for Night Owls and Moon Shadows, a nature program designed specifically for urban girls.
  • $5,000 to Heartland Family Service for HALO (Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones) to provide support to area childhood education providers on healthy curricula.
  • $3,000 to All Our Kids for its Career Exploration Project, which enables middle school and high school students to learn about new careers.

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 $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.

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Media Contact:
Heidi St. Jean
Corporate Brand
860 466-1759

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





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