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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 $117,000 in Education Grants Awarded

Concord, N.H., June 30, 2011 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in New Hampshire through recent grants to 15 local nonprofit agencies that sustain learning. Lincoln Foundation awarded $117,774 in education grants, a portion of $463,000 in charitable funds it has allocated for New Hampshire in 2011. Lincoln Financial Group set aside almost $10 million this year to Lincoln Foundation for philanthropic activities in the communities where its employees work.

City Year New Hampshire received $10,000 for its Whole School Whole Child program in Manchester, where City Year is active in the five most underperforming elementary schools in the state. City Year identifies elementary students in these schools who are at risk of being high school dropouts, and corps members provide one-on-one and small-group mentoring and tutoring to keep them in school. Statistically, high school dropouts are three times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed and eight times more likely than high school graduates to end up in jail or prison.

A $10,000 grant to Concord Family YMCA will provide scholarships for low-income children to attend the YMCA's Child Development Center (CDC). The CDC provides licensed childcare for children ages one through five years of age, as well as full and half-day kindergarten. More than 47% of the families who have children enrolled in the CDC receive some form of financial assistance.

New Hampshire Public Television will use a $15,000 Lincoln Foundation grant to support its Ready to Learn literacy program. Ready to Learn fosters early literacy development, reduces the amount of television that children watch daily, fosters reading aloud to children and helps families use television more critically and wisely.

Other education grants awarded include:

  • $10,000 to New Hampshire Historical Society for the Lincoln Financial Education Outreach program, which provides hands-on, classroom-based education programs free-of-charge to underserved elementary and middle schools in the state.
  • $10,000 to New Hampshire Public Radio for Today's Education Challenge, a year-long series on issues facing New Hampshire's educational system.
  • $8,000 to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire for Museum In Reach, a program that provides Head Start and low-income children with free, curriculum-based class visits to the museum.
  • $7,800 to Child and Family Services of New Hampshire to provide summer scholarships to Camp Spaulding for children from low-income or immigrant families.
  • $6,000 to the Concord Boys & Girls Club for Project Learn, which offers daily after-school homework help and tutoring in a safe, quiet club environment.
  • $5,000 to Canterbury Shaker Village for its School Program Initiative, an inaugural effort creating school programs for elementary and middle school children aimed at raising proficiency in mathematics, science and social studies through the Shaker story.
  • $5,000 to the Circle Program to expand its Teen Circle mentoring program for socially and economically disadvantaged girls, focusing on goal setting to help girls successfully navigate upper grades and identify career paths.
  • $5,000 to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains for Girls Rock the Capital New Hampshire, a leadership development program that pairs girls with women mentors in the New Hampshire House and Senate to learn about public policy, advocacy, political service and civic engagement.
  • $5,000 to the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society to support an educational outreach program in aeronautical sciences at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire for middle and high school students.
  • $5,000 to New Hampshire Project Learning Tree for Connecting Early Learners to Nature, a program that trains early childhood educators across the state in a new nature curriculum designed for children ages three to six.
  • $4,550 to The Fells for the Out and About Preschool program, which increases children's knowledge of the natural world, and the Fells Civil War Sesquicentennial Series of lectures and exhibits on John Hay and the Civil War.
  • $1,924 to Concord Public Library Foundation for Concord Reads 2011, a community reading program with a focus on the increasing ethnic diversity of the city's population.

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 $300,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2010. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $1.6 million to New Hampshire 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, disability and dental 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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