Community focused — The Foundation’s approach to local philanthropic giving reflects Lincoln Financial’s strong connection to our communities. Recognizing that the employees in our affiliate offices can best determine the needs of their respective communities, we established local Charitable Contribution Committees in our primary business locations. These committees review grant proposals and award grants to the nonprofit organizations that they determine will make the most significant impact on their communities. Learn more about our community giving.
Lincoln Financial employees participated in workplace giving during 2016 that totaled more than $1 million for United Way agencies in the communities where employees live. These employee contributions are in addition to United Way grants given by the Foundation. In 2016, the Foundation also matched 1,487 employee gifts to nonprofits for a total of $1,024,784.
Lincoln Financial’s approach to giving is local, measurable and focused on making a lasting contribution to our communities. It is guided by data and harnesses the enthusiasm and expertise of our employees.
Data driven — Each decision to award a grant is based on a deep understanding of a community’s needs and a thorough analysis of a nonprofit’s ability to provide quality programs that deliver measurable outcomes.
Our rigorous evaluation of grantees enables us to identify those which we believe are most effective in delivering results. The Foundation relies on metrics to benchmark outcomes and inform decision making.
Employee supported — Employee volunteering is integral to our support for communities. The nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the Foundation are also often supported extensively by the volunteer efforts and expertise of our employees, many of whom serve in leadership roles on nonprofit boards. Read more about employee volunteerism.
Junior Achievement (JA) prepares young people for bright, economically independent futures by equipping them with practical money management skills such as balancing a checkbook and managing a credit card. Each year, hundreds of employees from various Lincoln Financial offices participate in programs such as JA in a Day for kindergartners through eighth-graders. In Fort Wayne, IN, our employees present JA Biztown®, a fully interactive simulated town for fifth- and sixth-graders. High school students learn about financial issues such as incomes, budgets, personal and family expenses, and saving through the JA Lincoln Finance Park© program and the immersive, day-long, on-site Lincoln Finance Park experience.
With its commitment to helping students achieve success, build character and live healthy lives the Boys & Girls Club’s mission aligns with our own goals for youth education. Programs such as Readers to Leaders focus on economically disadvantaged seven- and eight-year-olds, and the Literacy Initiative utilizes a multisensory approach to improve reading skills of low-performing kindergarten through fourth-grade students. Older students benefit from Power Hour tutoring and homework assistance and Project Learn after-school and summer programming.
We support Teach For America’s efforts to improve the quality of education in underserved communities. Since 2010, Lincoln Financial has provided more than $2 million to Teach For America’s work to introduce at-risk school children to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills that are increasingly important for success today.
For more than a decade, Lincoln Financial has funded City Year, an AmeriCorps program focused on boosting student achievement by placing a diverse group of young role models in classrooms. Working alongside teachers, these dynamic young people cultivate supportive relationships with students. Lincoln Financial grants support City Year corps members in high-need schools in Philadelphia and New Hampshire. In the Manchester, New Hampshire, school system, 70 City Year corps members serve full-time, working to improve school attendance, behavior and coursework performance in that state’s most under-resourced elementary schools.
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre (pictured above) also entertains, educates and enriches the community by making live theatre experiences available to diverse audiences. The Civic Theatre partnered with the AWS Foundation, which serves children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities to develop Project Lights Up, special performances for individuals with autism and sensory issues. The Civic Theatre works with hands-on education facility Science Central and local businesses to present Operation Science Theatre, offering tickets for veterans and active duty military personnel.
Third- through fifth-graders in economically disadvantaged schools across the Philadelphia region experience theater both in their own classrooms and in a theater setting, thanks to the Arden for All program of Arden Theatre. Students in partner classrooms attend productions on stage at the Arden and also enjoy in-classroom lessons taught by Arden Teaching Artists, connecting the theater experience to the state’s core curriculum.
For more than 50 years, Arts Greensboro has harnessed the transformative power of the arts to educate, inspire and connect people. Arts Greensboro opens the arts to ethnically diverse and low-income people and promotes arts education. It also drives economic activity and access to the arts through opportunities such as its recent successful bid to host the National Folk Festival from 2015 through 2017. This free, three-day event draws from 100,000 to 175,000 people and generates an annual economic impact in the host community of up to $30 million.
Many children and adults in the Guilford region lack reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, making it one of the most food insecure regions in the nation. Out of the Garden Project combats childhood hunger through multiple programs including Operation Backpack, which provides 1350 children in nearly 60 schools with enough food for two family meals per weekend. Out of the Garden Project also operates 21 Fresh Mobile Markets each month in neighborhoods where there are no grocery stores. Most recently, it opened a food reclamation center and a shared-used kitchen and provides summer meals on Fridays in partnership with the Guilford County School Nutrition Department when summer feeding sites are not open. They distributed 1.7 million meals to children and families in need in 2016.
Siena/Francis House is Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter. Its emergency shelter program cares for the poorest members of Omaha’s community and helps get them back on the path to independence. Its comprehensive outreach includes permanent supportive housing, employment training, re-housing, reintegration services and a daytime shelter.
Vincent Village in Fort Wayne helps homeless families grow stronger and become independent, productive community members. Through a strategic, long-term approach, Vincent Village provides a range of services and subsidized housing to help families gradually transition from shelters to permanent housing and jobs. Over a five-year period, case managers work with clients to elevate their wages, improve their financial decision-making and eventually pay market rate rent.
Studies show that trails and greenways have a well-established record of stimulating economic development and community engagement. That’s one reason Lincoln supported the Downtown Greenway (pictured above), a planned four-mile urban biking and walking trail. To date, the project has triggered over $215 million in private economic development through completed and planned projects adjacent to the Downtown Greenway, which has also spurred an annual run and the establishment of a bike share program.
Through training for living wage jobs, the highly successful Nurse Assistant Training Program offered by the American Red Cross New Hampshire forges a pathway to financial stability. The eight-week training program prepares students for Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA) positions, which offer sustainable, competitive employment. Ninety percent of students earn their LNA state certification, and 85 percent obtain a paid position within 90 days of graduation.
Since 2008, the Recipes for Success Culinary Job Training program run by the New Hampshire Food Bank has graduated more than 492 students with the skills and experience needed to obtain employment in the food services industry. Students develop their skills in part by preparing 2,600 to 3,000 meals each week, which are distributed to local hunger relief agencies.
The Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk along the Connecticut River uses art to breathe life into downtown Hartford. The popular mile-long walk features 16 sculptures that celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s legacy, values and life experiences. With underwriting from Lincoln Financial, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Riverfront Recapture, Inc., the sculpture walk has contributed to the economic revitalization of the state capitol. Each year Riverfront Recapture events and programs draw more than 625,00 people.
Our celebration of freedom and civil rights is inspiring young people to hold fast to Lincoln’s ideals.
When Lincoln Financial adopted President Abraham Lincoln's name, we also adopted his ideals of freedom, equality and opportunity. To preserve and promote his legacy for generations to come, we launched Lincoln’s Legacy, a three-year celebration of the 150th anniversaries of signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
Our Lincoln’s Legacy initiative concluded in 2016 with the release of the recording “We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement.” This powerful audio anthology features conversations with courageous men and women such as John Lewis, Andrew Young, Shirley Franklin, Julian Bond and Franklin McCain who championed civil rights. Lincoln Financial produced the recording and an accompanying curriculum to inspire the hopes and dreams of children across the country. Through stories and songs, the ideals of freedom, opportunity and equality are brought to life for a new generation.
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"We Stood Up” Audio Anthology
A curriculum to educate and inspire
2016 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN ACTION
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contributions to communities
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