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This document is dated April 3, 2014. 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 Guilford County
$265,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

Greensboro, N.C., April 3, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Guilford County residents through $170,000 in grants to 11 local nonprofit organizations, as well as $95,000 in multi-year payments to two current grantees. These grants are a portion of more than $1.8 million in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for Greensboro in 2014.

Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art will receive $25,000 for its READ, Yellow and Blue (RYB) program, which provides early childhood literacy programs for at-risk students in Guilford County. The RYB program gives young children a first exposure to visual art, learning age appropriate strategies for looking at art by decoding symbols and learning expressive vocabulary that supports reading readiness. In the art studios, students engage in the processes of creating, which promote small motor skill development, social and emotional skills, language development and higher-level cognitive skills, such as critical thinking. Green Hill Center has expanded the impact of the RYB program by increasing art-enriched opportunities for at-risk students. With continued support from Lincoln Foundation, Guilford Child Development Head Start groups, Learning Together, and the United Way's Thriving at Three sites will continue to enjoy and benefit from the RYB field trip program, including a pass for a return family adventure, and now expanded direct services for teachers and parents through site visits, teacher workshops and exclusive family programs.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $35,000 to the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra to promote Literacy Through Music, providing free concert tickets to at-risk children; support the Beginning Strings program at Peck Elementary School; and present full orchestra concerts for Guilford County school students.
  • $30,000 to Eastern Music Festival for Encircling the City 2014, which includes concert and lecture programs for youth and senior adults.
  • $20,000 to the Music Academy of North Carolina for Lessons for Life, a music education program for K-12 students and teachers, including Children's Concerts, Instrument Petting Zoo field trips, band and orchestra workshops, choral programs, after-school lessons and vocal coaches.
  • $20,000 to Triad Stage to provide accessibility to productions and events through "Pay-What-You-Can Nights" and $10 student rush tickets. The grant also supports the launch of TS10, a teen-led council whose members learn about theatre observations and plan teen activities.
  • $9,000 to Touring Theatre of North Carolina for the performance of The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer, highlighting her struggle for civil rights in alignment with North Carolina's Common Core Standards and enhancing social studies curricula.
  • $8,000 to Carolina Theatre for its Carolina Kids Club summer camp program that incorporates theater, science, literature and the arts into an entertaining and educational experience for children in Guilford County.
  • $8,000 to the Center for Visual Artists to support digital photography programs for middle school students in Guilford County.
  • $5,000 to Dance Project, Inc., for summer dance and drumming workshops in local community centers and a series of mini-concerts at Guilford County Schools.
  • $5,000 to Elsewhere Collaborative, Inc., to support a collaborative laboratory for youth-led media projects that embed contemporary artists in the Guilford County Schools.
  • $5,000 to North Carolina Shakespeare Festival to support Shakespeare workshops for teachers that reinforce English guidelines established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Multi-year arts payments include:

  • $70,000 to Arts Greensboro for ArtsFund. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
  • $25,000 to Community Theatre of Greensboro for its "How Does Our Theatre Grow?" program. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.

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 economic/workforce development. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $1.8 million to support nonprofits in Greensboro in 2013. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $13.9 million to Greensboro 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 $207 billion as of December 31, 2013. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement 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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