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This document is dated January 5, 2012. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Lincoln Foundation Supports Human Service Initiatives
$185,000 in Grants Awarded

Hartford, Conn., January 5, 2012 — Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are supporting Hartford agencies that feed the hungry, address homelessness, provide winter fuel assistance and provide needed services to adults and children at risk. Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $185,000 in human service grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations, a portion of almost $757,000 in charitable funds that Lincoln Foundation allocated for the city in 2011.

Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center received $28,000 to provide autism services for children from Spanish-speaking Hartford families. Previously, there were no identified providers of autism-focused services accessible to children in these households. With support from the Lincoln Foundation, Easter Seals will blend into its staffing Spanish-speaking professionals with state-of-the-art expertise in neuropsychological assessment procedures, diagnosis of autism, applied behavioral analysis and communication methods.

A $15,000 grant to Operation Fuel will provide emergency fuel assistance to low-income households that cannot pay utility or fuel bills but are not eligible for, or have exhausted, government energy assistance benefits. To distribute fuel grants, Operation Fuel uses a network of more than 100 community organizations in direct contact with local households in need. When a family heats with oil but faces electricity shut-off, Operation Fuel is the only source of emergency assistance; public energy assistance programs will help clients pay for only a primary heat source.

Foodshare will use a $40,000 grant to provide food for low-income families. Foodshare works toward ending hunger as part of the overall community effort to alleviate poverty in Hartford by increasing self-sufficiency, engaging the larger community and providing food assistance services.

Other human service grants awarded include:

  • $20,000 to HARC for family and community safety net services for individuals with intellectual disability and their families.
  • $15,000 to Hartford Interval House for the New Beginnings Shelter and Children's Program, which provides shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence
  • $12,000 to The Diaper Bank to support its continued diaper distribution to low-income Hartford families.
  • $10,000 to the American Red Cross, Connecticut Regional Chapter for its Emergency Services program, which provides disaster services, services to the armed forces and international social services.
  • $10,000 to Connecticut Institute for the Blind to provide new and used assistive technology that can enhance the quality of life for visually-impaired individuals and enable them to live independently.
  • $10,000 to Loaves & Fishes Ministries to support its soup kitchen program and related services for families.
  • $10,000 to the Open Hearth Association for its transitional living program aimed at returning homeless men to the community with a stable source of income and permanent housing.
  • $5,000 to Chrysalis Center for Freshplace, a fresh food pantry that also addresses the root causes of hunger to help individuals and families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
  • $5,000 to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation to provide guide dogs and in-community training for visually-disabled individuals.
  • $5,000 to NAMI of Connecticut for Peers Empowering Peers, a program that offers adults living with mental illness an opportunity to attend weekly, structured support groups where recovery strategies, problem-solving and socialization occur.
  • $5,000 to YWCA of the Hartford Region to support the work of its emergency shelter for women, which provides temporary housing and case management for homeless women facing physical or mental disabilities, substance abuse and domestic or sexual abuse.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation allocated almost $757,000 to support nonprofits in the greater Hartford area in 2011. Since 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $21 million to Hartford nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group 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. 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 $153 billion as of September 30, 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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