Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Guilford County through $544,000 in recent grants to 14 local nonprofit agencies, several of which focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. The grants are a portion of $1.8 million in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for Greensboro in 2013.
Lincoln Foundation has committed $300,000 over three years to the YMCA of Greensboro for its Black/Latino Achievers, Bright Beginnings and Lincoln Financial Education and Outreach programs. The Black/Latino Achievers program educates and exposes youth in grades 8-12 to a variety of careers and encourages students to further their post-secondary education. The program’s objective is to help students and their parents prepare for and access post-secondary education, careers and citizenship skills through collaboration with many organizations. Bright Beginnings provides at-risk children in grades K-12 with school supplies and clothes to prepare for academic success in the upcoming school year. Each child receives a book bag, school supplies and school clothes (including uniforms where required) just before school starts in August. The Lincoln Financial Education and Outreach program provides children from preschool through grade 12 with program space, furnishings and equipment needed for high-quality programming to serve at-risk students, preparing them for academic success through daycare, preschool, after-school, summer learning, teen leadership and other educational activities that reinforce in-school learning.
Other education grants awarded include:
- $40,000 to North Carolina A&T University to support programming that ensures incoming university students have the tools necessary to be successful within the college culture.
- $40,000 to UNCG Excellence Foundation to support the UNCG Guarantee Program, a mentoring program for lower-income students to increase college graduation rates, and "IT is for Girls" summer camps and school year programming, which introduces middle and high school-aged girls to information technology (IT) education opportunities, exposure to IT careers and hands-on learning experiences.
- $25,000 to Guilford Education Alliance for Achieve Guilford, Principal for a Day, the STEM Fellows program and preparing students for success in the future economy.
- $20,000 to Greensboro Children’s Museum to support the Shades of Us program, which provides educational and cultural opportunities for newly immigrated families with young children.
- $20,000 to Guilford Child Development to support the Learning Together Family Literacy program. Parents are offered ESL and GED classes while preschoolers participate in school readiness activities.
- $20,000 to Black Child Development Institute to support the Freedom School Summer literacy program, which provides one-on-one literacy tutoring, small group tutoring and leadership development for at-risk students.
- $18,000 to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs to support Be Great-GRADUATE, an innovative approach to reinforcing academic success by using age-appropriate study skills and high learning activities to maximize academic impact.
- $15,000 to Junior Achievement to support financial literacy for K-12 students in Guilford County, helping those students develop skills for a global economy.
- $15,000 to YWCA of Greensboro for YWorld, after-school care for middle school students providing academic support, leadership and character development programs.
- $10,000 to Win-Win Resolutions to fund mentoring, leadership development, conflict resolution and tutoring for high-risk high school students.
- $8,000 to HandyCapable to fund home computers for students and their families at the Newcomer’s School.
- $8,000 to the National Conference for Community and Justice to support ANYTOWN-Anytime, a program that provides diversity and inclusion education, leadership and character development for middle and high school students in Guilford County schools.
- $5,000 to Kids Voting of North Carolina for Civics 101. Activities provide Guilford County students with voting educational materials, Kids Vote experiences and leadership training opportunities.
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 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $12.3 million to Greensboro-area 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 $186 billion as of March 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.