Lincoln Financial Foundation

Giving priorities, eligibility, guidelines

Lincoln Financial Foundation is not accepting unsolicited grant applications at this time.

Foundation priorities

Lincoln Financial Foundation works with non-profit organizations that adhere to best practices and can point to proven outcomes. We look for partners who assess their programs for effectiveness and efficiency.

Human Services

The human service focus area protects people during difficult times by partnering with organizations that provide the emergency supply and distribution of food, access to nutritious food, safe emergency housing and services to prevent homelessness.


The education focus area supports organizations that prepare students for critical transitions in their education including starting school ready to learn, reading on grade level, middle school success, high school graduation and college and career readiness. We fund programs that strengthen critical learning skills, improve academic performance and prepare students for college and careers.

Financial Wellness

The financial wellness area supports organizations that empower individuals to improve financial stability, resilience and security through financial education, skills training and workforce development programs. Measurable outcomes include understanding core concepts of personal finance, developing financial goals, and planning for long-term needs.

Eligibility: who Lincoln funds

  • Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding
  • Applicants must be based in and serve the communities of: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Concord, NH; Dover, NH; Fort Wayne, IN; Greensboro, NC; Hartford, CT; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; and Phoenix, AZ.
  • The Lincoln Financial Foundation only supports organizations that respect and encourage diversity and adhere to nondiscriminatory practices. Women and ethnic minorities should be adequately represented on an applicant organization's board of directors.
  • Organizations must have a minimum of three years of financial reports and performance data demonstrating financial stability and the ability to demonstrate proven outcomes. Support will only be considered in communities where the corporation has a significant business presence and employee base.

In general, the Lincoln Financial Foundation doesn't fund:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations (i.e., churches, temples, synagogues)
  • Public or private k-12 schools or school foundations
  • School affiliated organizations such as PTO’s, booster clubs, etc.
  • Hospitals or hospital foundations, health organizations
  • Fraternal or political organizations
  • Scholarships
  • General operating support or capital (bricks and mortar) funding
  • Endowments
  • Sporting organizations, sporting events, walks or runs
  • Organizations that re-grant funds to other non-profit organizations
  • Organizations that advocate, support, or practice activities inconsistent with Lincoln Financial Group’s non-discrimination policies, whether based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran