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This document is dated July 30, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Educational Opportunity Funded by Lincoln Foundation
More Than $305,000 Awarded in Education Grants

Hartford, Conn., July 30, 2010 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is partnering with local nonprofit organizations to give Hartford school children increased opportunities for success in school and life by underwriting innovative in-school and after-school education programs. Eighteen nonprofits recently received more than $305,000 in education grants from Lincoln Foundation.

Teach For America will use $50,000 from the Lincoln Foundation to recruit talented recent graduates of America's top colleges to teach in Hartford's public schools. The program provides committed, highly-motivated teachers. Teach For America corps members currently work in more than 30 schools in the city, providing more than 4,000 students with rich educational opportunities.

An award of $30,000 will help Our Piece of the Pie fund its Pathways to Success program. Pathways to Success helps 14-24-year-old urban youth become successful adults through a youth-centered, relationship-intensive program that pairs a young person with a youth development specialist who acts as a role model and life coach. Together, they develop a plan that helps the youth achieve long-term goals, such as graduating from college and attaining full-time employment in the field of their choice.

A $25,000 grant to Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation will support the Steppingstone Academy program, which recruits disadvantaged but highly-motivated students with high academic potential and prepares them for independent school and college. The seventh and eighth graders participate in rigorous out-of-school and after-school study, engaging in an academic enrichment program that exceeds the difficulty of study at most public schools.

Low-income Hartford high school students aspiring to go to college will get help from Career Beginnings, a program of the Greater Hartford Consortium for Higher Education underwritten with a $15,000 grant from Lincoln Foundation. The program provides students in their final year of high school with after-school workshops, one-on-one advising and a mentoring program to prepare them for college. Career Beginnings also includes campus visits and meetings with college admissions personnel. About 92% of the program's graduates enter college directly after high school.

These awards are part of $305,841 in education grants recently made in Hartford by the Lincoln Foundation.

Other organizations receiving education grants:
  • $30,000 to the Connecticut Forum for the 2010-2011 season as well as the Connecticut YOUTH Forum, both of which engage and connect members of the community through a variety of topics in order to stimulate thought and inspire action.
  • $25,000 to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center for Harriet Beecher Stowe 200 in 2011, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Stowe's birth, her legacy and its impact.
  • $20,000 to Family Life Education for the Child and Family Education program at the Parkville Family Center, which improves school readiness and success among children.
  • $18,341 to Connecticut Science Center for its Outreach and Overnight program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.
  • $15,000 to Village for Families & Children for school readiness programming at the Early Childhood Learning Center.
  • $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford for Power Hour, a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program for club members ages 6-18.
  • $10,000 to Center for Urban Research Education and Training for its Education Advancement programs for academically at-risk children and adult learners.
  • $10,000 to Connecticut Invention Convention to expand invention programs in Hartford schools, developing and enhancing children's critical thinking skills by using the problem-solving techniques of inventing.
  • $10,000 to Mark Twain House for a free visit program for Hartford students that is tied to state curriculum standards in American literature and history.
  • $10,000 to Nutmeg Big Brothers-Big Sisters for community-based mentoring for youth in challenging circumstances such as low-income households, unstable homes or struggling school systems.
  • $10,000 to World Affairs Council of Connecticut for the Model United Nations program, which calls on students to represent the views and policies of 70 countries on issues currently being considered by the U.N.
  • $7,500 to Junior Achievement of Southwest New England for financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship programs.
  • $5,000 to Everybody Wins! for its Power Lunch reading and academic enrichment program, which matches volunteer mentors with children in kindergarten through sixth grade who are at risk of educational failure.
  • $5,000 to Leadership Greater Hartford for Common Ground, a youth program focusing on leadership, diversity and community service.

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 $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 $140 billion as of June 30, 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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