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This document is dated June 30, 2011. 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 Expands Educational Opportunity
More Than $240,000 in Education Grants Awarded

Hartford, Conn., June 30, 2011 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Hartford through recent grants to 17 local nonprofit agencies that sustain learning. Lincoln Foundation awarded $240,235 in education grants, a portion of almost $757,000 in charitable funds it has allocated for Hartford in 2011. Lincoln Financial Group set aside almost $10 million this year for Lincoln Foundation's philanthropic activities in the communities where its employees work.

Lincoln Foundation awarded $40,000 to Teach For America to sustain the growth of its corps of teachers in Hartford. Teach For America works to eliminate educational inequity by recruiting outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit to two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and to become lifelong leaders in ensuring educational equity and excellence for children.

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) received a $20,000 grant to support its afterschool and summer education and youth development programs. OPP strives to help Hartford youth become successful adults by helping them attain a vocational school certification, a degree from a two-year college or a Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, leading to meaningful, unsubsidized employment.

A $12,235 grant to Hartford Public Library will provide free admission for the public to Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America, a Civil War sesquicentennial exhibit on Lincoln's life featuring reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. A complementary exhibit prepared by the Hartford History Center will explore the city's unique role in Lincoln's life and times, including the creation of the Hartford Wide Awakes, the first political marching organization in the nation.

Other organizations receiving education grants:

  • $20,000 to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to help support three new school programs: Inspiration to Action, for second- and sixth-graders; Salons by Stowe for grades seven through 12; and Stowe and the Civil War, for grades eight to 12.
  • $20,000 to Hartford Youth Scholars for Steppingstone Academy Hartford, an academic and support services program that helps promising youth access independent high schools and colleges.
  • $18,000 to Connecticut Science Center for the Science After School project, which provides 25 outreach education sessions to seven Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs locations.
  • $10,000 to Connecticut Invention Convention for its 2011-2012 academic program, which introduces inventing into Hartford schools and afterschool programs, and for the annual Lincoln Presidential Awards to student inventors.
  • $10,000 to Family Life Education for its Early Education and Family Literacy program at the Parkville Family Center, which improves the school readiness and school success of young children from low-income families.
  • $10,000 to Greater Hartford Consortium for Higher Education for Career Beginnings, which provides one-on-one advising, afterschool workshops and adult mentoring for motivated, under-served students who need support navigating the college system.
  • $10,000 to the Mark Twain House to support educational programs that help satisfy state curriculum standards in American literature and history, as well as provide free admission for children from disadvantaged schools.
  • $10,000 to Village for Families & Children for its Early Childhood Learning Center, which provides school readiness programming for underserved children.
  • $10,000 to World Affairs Council of Connecticut to fund its Model United Nations program, in which students research and understand contemporary international issues and participate in a two-day parliamentary-style interactive simulation.
  • $5,000 to Everybody Wins! Connecticut for Power Lunch, a lunchtime literacy and mentoring program that connects adult volunteer readers with low-income children at a nearby elementary school for an hour of one-on-one reading aloud.
  • $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwest New England to provide financial literacy education to school children in Hartford elementary and high schools.
  • $5,000 to Leadership Greater Hartford for Common Ground, a program that trains emerging high school leaders in leadership, diversity awareness and community problem solving.
  • $5,000 to Nutmeg Big Brothers — Big Sisters for its community-based, one-on-one mentoring program between at-risk children and adult volunteers.

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 has set aside almost $10 million 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 $900,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2010. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed almost $21 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 $162 billion as of March 31, 2011. 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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