BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES

Our deep connection to the places where we live and do business is intrinsic to our values and success. We’re committed to helping people better their lives and to building strong, vital communities.

THE POWER OF PHILANTHROPY

  • Education
  • ARTS & Culture
  • Human services
  • ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

$10 million

in total corporate charitable

contributions to communities

Employee giving and matching grants

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.

2016 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN ACTION

Our approach to giving

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.

$1+ million

donated by employees to United Way

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.

$1+ million

contributed by Lincoln Financial to match

employee giving

IMPACT AREAS

Impact Area: Education

We want children to reach their greatest potential. We support educational programs that impact academic achievement so that students are successful during each phase of their education and graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to live full and productive lives.

129 charitable contributions totaling more than $3 million

In 2016 alone, more than 95 employees corresponded with ninth grade students through our Teach For America pen pal program, sending handwritten notes each month. Through these letter exchanges, students practice writing skills and forge relationships with professional role models.Equipping kids with basic money management skills  

Putting young people on the path to great futures

Helping young people achieve more 

A caring presence in the classroom 

Impact Area: Arts and Culture

Arts education and cultural activities are not only catalysts for learning; they foster creativity and confidence in children that can have positive impact in the classroom and beyond. Performances, exhibitions and hands-on arts projects bridge our differences and draw us together, inspiring our children and strengthening our communities.

110 arts grants totaling nearly $1.6 million

Sharing the magic of theater

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.

Opening doors to childhood creativity

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.

Inspiring and connecting people

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.

Impact Area: Human Services

We believe that basic access to food and housing is fundamental to a community’s well-being. We are committed to helping our neighbors meet their needs for food, housing and independent living.

101 charitable contributions totaling more than $1.7 million

Combating childhood hunger

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.

The path to independence

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.

Transitioning to self-sufficiency

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.

Impact Area: Economic and Workforce Development

We support initiatives that attract economic development, create jobs and equip workers with the skills needed for the jobs of the future. Communities thrive when individuals have the capacity to earn a living that will support themselves and their families.

Pictured: Gateway of the Open Book
by Brower Hatcher

Promoting well-being and connectedness

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.

Training for a living wage

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.

Finding a future in food services

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.

Lincoln Sculptures Promote Riverfront Renewal 

In 2016, Lincoln Financial enhanced visitors’ experience of the sculpture walk by underwriting a self-guided mobile tour narrated by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Lincoln biographer.

CELEBRATING LINCOLN’S LEGACY

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.

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

Voices of civil rights champions

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.

Our Lincoln’s Legacy initiative featured activities and programs to inform and engage people on the topics of freedom, opportunity and equality.

 

Dr. Franklin McCain, Sr. and Taylor McCain, International Civil Rights Center and Museum

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2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Education
  • ARTS & Culture
  • Human services
  • ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

In 2016 alone, more than 95 employees corresponded with ninth grade students through our Teach For America pen pal program, sending handwritten notes each month. Through these letter exchanges, students practice writing skills and forge relationships with professional role models.

Impact Area: Economic and Workforce Development

We support initiatives that attract economic development, create jobs and equip workers with the skills needed for the jobs of the future. Communities thrive when individuals have the capacity to earn a living that will support themselves and their families.

Pictured: Gateway of the Open Book by Brower Hatcher

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

 

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s
sesquicentennial celebration.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Education
  • Human services
  • ARTS & Culture
  • QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Economic AND Workforce development

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

"We Stood Up” Audio Anthology

A curriculum to educate and inspire

  • Education
  • Human services
  • ARTS & Culture
  • QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Economic AND Workforce development

2016 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN ACTION

$10 million

in total corporate charitable

contributions to communities

$1+ million

donated by employees to United Way

$1+ million

in employee gifts to nonprofits, with an equal match from Lincoln

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity through education.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Education
  • Human services
  • ARTS & Culture
  • QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Economic AND Workforce development

Impact Area: Education

We want children to reach their greatest potential. We support educational programs that impact academic achievement so that students are successful during each phase of their education and graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to live full and productive lives.

129 charitable contributions totaling more than $3 million

Impact Area: Arts and Culture

Arts education and cultural activities are not only catalysts for learning; they foster creativity and confidence in children that can have positive impact in the classroom and beyond. Performances, exhibitions and hands-on arts projects bridge our differences and draw us together, inspiring our children and strengthening our communities.

110 charitable totaling nearly $1.6 million

Impact Area: Human Services

We believe that basic access to food and housing is fundamental to a community’s well-being. We are committed to helping our neighbors meet their needs for food, housing and independent living.

101 charitable contributions totaling more than $1.7 million

Impact Area: Economic and Workforce Development

We support initiatives that attract economic development, create jobs and equip workers with the skills needed for the jobs of the future. Communities thrive when individuals have the capacity to earn a living that will support themselves and their families.

Pictured: Gateway of the Open Book
by Brower Hatcher

Oral history interviews were conducted with influential people who overcame significant odds to achieve great things in their lives.

We presented education awards to nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom and opportunity
through education.

Exhibitions showcased an original 1864 signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, and at the Greensboro Historical Museum for that city’s sesquicentennial
celebration.

Listen to Lincoln Financial employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation.