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This document is dated February 27, 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 Arts Access and Education in Omaha
$152,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

Omaha, Neb., February 27, 2012 — Lincoln Financial Foundation will continue to support high-quality, after-school arts programming to inner-city youth through a $15,000 grant to the Omaha Community Playhouse. This award is part of $152,000 in arts grants made recently in Omaha by the Lincoln Foundation and a portion of almost $850,000 in charitable funds it has allocated for the city in 2012.

The Omaha Community Playhouse has provided the greater Omaha community with educational and entertainment opportunities since 1924. Through its season productions and special events, education and outreach efforts, 21&Over Alternative Programming and NTC Productions professional touring wing, the Community Playhouse reaches over 160,000 people annually.

Through the Lincoln Foundation grant, the Omaha Community Playhouse will continue to offer workshops on drama, improvisation, storytelling and movement to four elementary schools (Central Park, Gilder, Howard Kennedy and Sherman) as well as expand into one additional Community Learning Center elementary school and create a stronger partnership with Skinner Elementary School. The Community Playhouse also plans to continue to provide these workshops to middle schools that are part of the Middle School Learning Center Initiative, created by the City of Omaha, Mayor's Office, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha Public Schools and Building Bright Futures. This community partnership provides quality programming to students in the Omaha Public Middle Schools.

The Community Playhouse grant was one of 15 arts grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently made to nonprofit organizations in Omaha.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $25,000 to Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts for 2012 arts education, including the Artist-in-Residence program, exhibitions programming and the Community Arts program.
  • $25,000 to Omaha Symphony for Adventures in Music, offering multi-disciplinary learning experiences for pre-K to 12th grade students, and Community Partnerships, providing activities that connect music to all areas of life.
  • $25,000 to Opera Omaha to sponsor the preview performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" during the 2012-2013 season.
  • $15,000 to Rose Theatre for drama and musical theater class scholarships for disadvantaged children.
  • $10,000 to El Museo Latino for summer education classes in traditional and Latino art forms.
  • $7,500 to Film Streams for the 2012 Family and Children's Film Series.
  • $7,500 to Nebraska Shakespeare for the summer Shakespeare on the Green, featuring two plays.
  • $5,000 to ARTery to offer Dancing Classrooms to fifth graders in four classrooms during the 2012-2013 school year.
  • $5,000 to Ballet Nebraska for its spring 2012 production of "Momentum."
  • $5,000 to Why Arts for Arts for All, providing art workshops for disabled individuals and seniors.
  • $4,000 to KANEKO for its multi-media Great Minds Series program exploring contemporary Pakistan.
  • $2,000 to African Culture Connection for continuation and expansion of its 2012-2013 residencies and performances.
  • $1,000 to Kent Bellows Foundation for the Youth Artist Mentoring Programs offered to high school artists.

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 awarded $846,000 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2011. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed nearly $3 million to Omaha-area nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside over $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 $160 billion as of December 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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603-226-5554
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