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This document is dated March 21, 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 Fort Wayne
$402,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

Fort Wayne, Ind., March 21, 2012 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Fort Wayne residents through $402,000 in grants to 17 local nonprofit organizations. These grants are a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2012.

Lincoln Financial Foundation will sponsor Fort Wayne Ballet's 2012-2013 Performance Season and community engagement performances through a $20,000 grant. The Ballet's performance season consists of three main stage productions at the Arts United Center, an innovative summer performance staged at a specific venue, and a family series that balances literature and education with the art of dance. The grant helps foster the Ballet's commitment to reaching individuals in the community who may not have the opportunity to experience the arts because of economic, social or physical limitations. The Ballet takes the art of dance to individuals where they live and work and offers performance tickets for each production to youth, families, the disabled, the elderly and individuals in the community experiencing economic hardship.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $140,000 to Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne for its annual fund drive and the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative.
  • $49,000 to Fort Wayne Philharmonic to sponsor the Choral, Casual and Coffee Concert Series and the Ensembles in the Schools music education program.
  • $40,000 to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for its 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial, highlighting the strength and innovation of artists currently working in the realistic style.
  • $16,000 to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to sponsor the 2012-2013 Season, which includes five main stage productions and a featured production during the Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.
  • $15,500 to Fort Wayne Cinema Center in support of programming that focuses on diversity, as well as Lincoln Financial's employee attendance package.
  • $15,000 to Fort Wayne Dance Collective to support a two-day guest residency of the Keigwin + Company from New York City.
  • $13,500 to Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education for the Multicultural Visiting Artists Program for elementary students, teachers and families during its 25th Anniversary year.
  • $13,000 to Fort Wayne Children's Choir to fund music education programs for youth, focusing on team-building, self-discipline and positive creative expression
  • $13,000 to Heartland Chamber Chorale for Side by Side in Song, an educational choral partnership with area high schools.
  • $12,000 to Audiences Unlimited to support small ensemble performances, presented by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, for long-term care residents.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Park Foundation for support of the Foellinger Theatre summer concert and movie series.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Youtheatre to support community outreach programs and the 2012-2013 Season of four theater productions.
  • $9,000 to Unity Performing Arts Foundation for the youth choral program, which includes the Voices of Unity Choir and Power of Passion Creative Writing Program.
  • $7,500 to ARCH to fund community education programs, including tours, workshops, classroom activities and lectures.
  • $7,500 to Artlink for the 33rd Annual National Print Exhibition, which focuses on printmaking techniques, including etching, woodcuts, lithography, intaglio, mezzotint, wood engraving, metal engraving, serigraphs and combinations of techniques.
  • $7,000 to Embassy Theatre Foundation for the Learn it Live children's program, offering free educational presentations to elementary-age students in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

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 more than $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2011. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $87.4 million to Fort Wayne 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 $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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