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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 Grants Expand Educational Opportunity
$264,000 in Education Grants Awarded

Greensboro, N.C., July 26, 2010 — Grants from the Lincoln Financial Foundation will upgrade educational space at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro as well as fund YMCA programs that prepare youth for college and provide low-income elementary school children with needed back-to-school items. The awards are part of $264,000 in education grants recently made to 12 local nonprofits by the Lincoln Foundation.

The Natural Science Center of Greensboro will use $25,000 from Lincoln Foundation to renovate and upgrade two classrooms and a theatre. The renovation will include fresh paint, new seating, lighting, sound system, one-of-a kind murals and SMART Board technology. The SMART Board system combines a short-throw projector with wide-screen interactive whiteboards. With the ability to link computers directly to the system, this allows teachers to use tried and true teaching techniques, combined with innovative science technology, from a single control panel. The wireless, hand-held notepad allows the instructor to move freely throughout the room and project content from the notepad to the whiteboard. More than 70,000 students and 280,000 general visitors are expected to tour the Natural Science Center this year.

A $40,000 grant to the YMCA of Greensboro will fund two vital community programs. First, the grant will support programming for the Black/Latino Achievers Program, a college readiness and career exploration program for youth in grades 9-12. Secondly, the Bright Beginnings program will receive funding that will allow low-income school-aged children the opportunity to go back-to-school shopping for school supplies and clothing with a caring adult mentor.

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.

Other education grants awarded include:
  • $50,000 to the Guilford Education Alliance to develop Education Matters in Guilford County.
  • $35,000 to Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro for the Great Leaps Reading Program, providing one-on-one tutoring and reading enrichment activities for elementary school students.
  • $30,000 to Black Child Development Institute for the Spirit of Success program, empowering at-risk middle and high school students to obtain their high school diploma.
  • $25,000 to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Excellence Foundation for the UNCG Guarantee Program, providing support for low-income, qualified college students.
  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club for their Growing Smart Kids after-school program.
  • $15,000 to the YWCA for their YWorld after-school program and the Family Power program, providing support to at-risk families.
  • $10,000 to the National Conference for Community and Justice for its ANYTOWN PROcess that encourages respect and inclusion amongst middle and high school students.
  • $9,000 to Win-Win Resolutions for the BOTSO (Brothers Organized to Serve Others)/LOTSO (Ladies Organized to Serve Others) program, providing mentoring and character building to African-American youth ages 6-18.
  • $5,000 to Foster Friends of North Carolina for the Journeys II Foster Youth Mentoring Program.
  • $5,000 to Kids Voting of North Carolina for the Youth to the Booth and Beyond Program, educating students through civic involvement.

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 almost $1.4 million to support nonprofits in Greensboro in 2009. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $6.8 million to Greensboro-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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Corporate Brand
336 691-4999

Byron Champlin
Lincoln Financial Foundation
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