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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.
   
 

Lincoln Foundation Strengthens Philadelphia Education
31 Local Nonprofits Receive Grants

Philadelphia, July 30, 2010 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is stressing educational excellence and accessibility in its current round of grants aimed at strengthening learning opportunities for Philadelphia youth. The Lincoln Foundation made awards to 31 local nonprofits that sustain learning, including four major grants to leading education-oriented organizations.

"Lincoln Financial Foundation has been proactive in its relationships and partnerships aimed at strengthening Philadelphia's education system," said Susan Segal, the Lincoln Foundation's Philadelphia program officer. "It is supporting best-in-class, outcome-driven nonprofits. Our grantees help Philadelphia public school students through the entire education spectrum, from pre-K and early literacy programs to intensive middle school support, after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, and high school graduation and college readiness."

Teach For America, which recruits talented recent college graduates with strong academic backgrounds and records of achievement to teach in at-risk city schools, received an $80,000 grant from Lincoln Foundation. The funds will allow Teach For America to increase the number of its corps members teaching in Philadelphia classrooms.

City Year Greater Philadelphia received $63,500 to support its Whole School Whole Child Initiative, placing corps members in Philadelphia public schools during the 2010-2011 school year. Corps members work directly with school administrations to serve students who most need additional support. As near-peer role models and tutors, they form a unique relationship with students, stressing academic support, after-school programming, and positive school activities to reinforce a well-rounded educational environment, high school graduation, and college readiness.

Philadelphia Futures for Youth was awarded $67,500 for its Sponsor-a-Scholar (SAS) college retention program. SAS mentors provide advice and counseling throughout a student's college career, helping them with financial aid, tutoring, selecting majors, working with professors and advisers, time management, and family issues to ensure the students' success.

White-Williams Foundation, a nonprofit that aspires to inspire and support high-achieving Philadelphia public high school students of limited financial means, received $60,000 from the Lincoln Foundation to fund three core programs: Stipends, Scholar Services, and College Connection. Stipends provides monthly payments of $50 to $75 to more than 1,400 low-income students who maintain A and B grades. The money pays for school supplies, meals, uniforms, class dues, college test and application fees, extracurricular activities and other basic needs. Scholar Services helps students prepare for college coursework, while College Connection is an after-school college preparatory program.

These awards were part of $726,000 in education and workforce development grants made by the Lincoln Foundation this year in Philadelphia.

Additional education grants awarded include:
Pre-K and Early Literacy Programs
  • $25,000 to the Children's Literacy Initiative for its Blueprint for Early Literacy program to develop emerging literacy skills in kindergarten through third grades throughout Philadelphia by providing model classrooms and teacher development.
  • $20,000 to Settlement Music School of Philadelphia for its nationally-recognized Kaleidoscope pre-school arts enrichment initiative for low-income children.
  • $12,500 to Children's Village to support early childhood education and after-school programs for youth in Chinatown.
  • $12,500 to Philadelphia READS to help strengthen the literacy skills of elementary students in Philadelphia through mentoring, book drives, summer reading and parent literacy workshops.
  • $10,000 to Childspace Cooperative Development for programs that build leadership and business skills among owners and workers at child care centers.
Middle School through High School Support
  • $30,000 to Steppingstone Foundation for its academic and scholar enrichment and support programs.
  • $20,000 to Project Forward Leap Foundation for its summer education and year-round enrichment program for public school students.
  • $12,500 to Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia for its Breakthrough School Success program aimed at low-income public school students.
  • $10,000 to Need In Deed for Service Learning programs targeting students ages 8-14 and cultivating academic connections to challenging social problems facing urban populations.
High School, Career Preparation, College Preparation and College Success Programs
  • $25,000 to Philadelphia Youth Network for its 2011 Work Ready Summer Career Exploration and Internship program.
  • $20,000 to Philadelphia Education Fund for its College Access program, providing one-on-one college prep guidance to students in 21 under-resourced and understaffed city schools, along with three College Access Centers for public use.
  • $15,000 to Philadelphia Academies providing 10th through 12th grade students with work and life readiness support, training, internships and apprenticeships, and mentoring.
After-School Programs
  • $30,000 to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia for three Adopt-a-Center sites, a program that provides homework clubs, literacy programs and computer education in League youth centers.
  • $15,000 to Communities in Schools of Philadelphia to provide After-School Enrichment Academy services to 1,100 children in nine public schools.
  • $12,500 to After-School Activities Partnerships to support city-wide after-school programs and enrichment activities, including chess, debate, yoga and dance clubs.
Mentoring and Youth Leadership
  • $20,000 to YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity to support YMCA‚??s Youth Development programs at three YMCA branches.
  • $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania to extend its successful school-based mentoring program in Philadelphia public schools.
Business and Entrepreneur Programs for Students
  • $20,000 to The Enterprise Center for the YES (Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success) program, using entrepreneurial education to provide high school students with skills in professional writing, financial literacy, higher order problem solving and public speaking.
  • $5,000 to the Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education for financial literacy programs that promote economic and financial education from kindergarten through high school, including enhanced curriculum support and teacher professional development.
Cultural Education Programs for Public School Students
  • $35,000 to Franklin Institute to support the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program of intensive school-year and summer study of earth science, robotics and the technology of modern architecture for 125 middle and high school students, as well as the ACCESS program, providing free field trips to the museum for children from underserved schools.
  • $20,000 to National Constitution Center to support educational outreach programming, including the Living News, and Young Citizens Class Visit Scholarship programs for Philadelphia public school students.
  • $15,000 to the Zoological Society of Philadelphia for JZAP, its Junior Zoo Apprentice wildlife conservation and education program for ninth through 12th graders.
  • $15,000 to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for Women in Natural Sciences (WINS), a summer and after-school science enrichment program for girls from economically-disadvantaged families, starting in the ninth grade and working with them through high school graduation.
  • $15,000 to the John Bartram Association for the Southwest Philadelphia School Initiative, providing 3,000 elementary and middle school students with free bus transportation and admission to the site, as well as hands-on seasonal lessons about botany, horticulture, birds and colonial Philadelphia history.
  • $15,000 to Please Touch Museum to support its year-round ACES program (Achievement through Community Service, Education, and Skill Building), a work-based learning, enrichment and mentoring program serving at-risk, female high school students, serving students each year from ninth through 12th grade.
  • $10,000 to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the Green City Teacher program engaging and assisting inner city public school teachers in environmental education.
  • $5,000 to Wagner Free Institute of Science for children's education and neighborhood outreach programs in North Philadelphia.

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 $2.2 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2009. Since 1999, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed almost $22 million to Philadelphia-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 $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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Ayele K. Ajavon
Media Relations/Strategic Communications
Lincoln Financial Group
484 583-1632

Byron Champlin
Lincoln Financial Foundation
603 226-5554
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