Concord, N.H., July 1, 2014 – Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational opportunity and reduce the dropout rate in New Hampshire through $113,000 in recent grants to 15 local nonprofit agencies that sustain learning. These grants are a portion of nearly $500,000 in charitable funds the Foundation has allocated for New Hampshire in 2014.
The Foundation awarded $5,000 to New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society for expanding its STEM-based education through distance learning. Through a 2012 grant, the Foundation helped the Aviation Museum launch Virtual Skies, a high-impact aviation vocational outreach program in three high schools in the Manchester School District. Virtual Skies is based on the New Hampshire state standards for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as well as the Virtual Skies program developed by NASA. The Foundation’s 2014 grant will expand the Virtual Skies training program to rural areas of New Hampshire through distance-learning technology. This method will allow students in remote locations to complete online course work independently, as well as ask questions of the instructor leading the program in real time.
Other education grants awarded include:
- $25,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord for its education and enrichment rooms, which provide homework assistance and other academically-focused programming for disadvantaged middle and high school students.
- $10,000 to Concord Family YMCA for its child development program, which provides financial assistance to low-income families in need of childcare at the Concord Family YMCA Child Development Center.
- $10,000 to New Hampshire Public Broadcasting for its Ready to Learn family literacy program and the Kids Go! Writer’s Contest, which encourages New Hampshire children in grades K-3 to write and illustrate an original work.
- $8,000 to Child and Family Services of New Hampshire to provide summer scholarships to Camp Spaulding for minority children from low-income or immigrant families.
- $8,000 to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for three educational opportunities for children: Museum In Reach, which provides free school trips to the museum; Focused Group Visits, which provide exposure to the museum on site; and Traveling Focused Group Visits, which bring educational outreach to schools unable to travel to the museum.
- $6,000 to the Circle Program for its teen mentoring program, which help teenage girls in grades 9-12 explore higher education through interactive job-shadowing, practical internships and community service learning initiatives.
- $6,000 to YMCA of Greater Manchester for its Youth Opportunities Unlimited Dropout Prevention programs, which target elementary-to-high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school.
- $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester for its Mentor 2.0 program, which provides curriculum-based, technology-enhanced one-to-one mentoring to Manchester Central High School freshmen.
- $5,000 to Canterbury Shaker Village for two new school programs on financial literacy, integrating the Shaker story with hands-on activities. One program will be designed for elementary school students, and the other will be designed for middle school students.
- $5,000 to College Compact for New Hampshire for its VISTA program, which seeks to improve the retention and success of low-income students enrolled in higher education by placing full-time VISTA mentors on 10 college campuses in New Hampshire.
- $5,000 to Girls at Work for confidence-building afterschool carpentry workshops for at-risk girls.
- $5,000 to Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire for its Economic Literacy program, which introduces Concord girls, ages 6 and older, to basic financial concepts, including money management and investment.
- $5,000 to Mayhew Program for its residential summer program and school year mentoring for boys from low-income, predominantly single-parent families.
- $5,000 to Strawbery Banke for the History Within Reach program, aimed at students in K-12 from underserved schools in the greater Concord area. The program supports state curriculum goals and blends hands-on history with science, literature, economics, mathematics, civics and social studies disciplines.
Multi-year education payments include:
- $25,000 to City Year New Hampshire for its Whole School/Whole Child program, which provides one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, as well as small-group tutoring for elementary school students at risk of becoming high school dropouts. This is the final payment toward the Foundation’s two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
- $30,000 to New Hampshire Historical Society for its New Hampshire History Online distance learning program. This is the final payment toward the Foundation’s three-year commitment awarded in 2012.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Foundation allocated almost $500,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2013. Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed more than $3.3 million to New Hampshire 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 provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 12 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company has $209 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2014. Learn more at www.LincolnFinancial.com.