$570,000 in Education Grants Awarded
30 June 2011

Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Guilford County through recent grants to 13 local nonprofit agencies. Among the recipients are Action Greensboro-Businesses for Excellence in Education, which received $300,000 for programs that strengthen Guilford County Schools, and the Greensboro Children’s Museum, which will use $30,000 for its Color of Culture program. These awards are part of $570,000 in education grants made by the Lincoln Foundation and a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds it has allocated for the area in 2011.

"Building educational opportunity for the children of our communities is fundamental to the mission of Lincoln Foundation," said Chuck Cornelio, Lincoln President of Defined Contribution. "Our ongoing commitment to Greensboro supports early childhood education, literacy, financial literacy, leadership development and college readiness."

The programs of Action Greensboro-Businesses for Excellence in Education support the objectives of Guilford County Schools (GCS) and are designed to advance the system’s 2009-2012 strategic plan. Lincoln Foundation funding will support Celebration of Excellence, which gives monetary awards to the 16 most academically improved schools and recognizes the top employee, teacher and principal of the year with a cash award; Guildford Parent Academy, which provides free workshops, classes and family learning events to strengthen the partnership between homes and schools; Cool To Be Smart, an incentive program for high-achieving Guilford County students; and the UNCG Cohort Doctorial Program, which enables highly-qualified GCS personnel to pursue higher education.

Greensboro Children’s Museum’s Color of Culture is a multi-cultural program that will celebrate the city’s diverse community by engaging new North Carolina families and celebrating their heritage. This program achieves two primary goals. It breaks down barriers and encourages the newest members of the community to use the museum. It also exposes Guilford County residents to the array of world cultures in the region by including ethnic music, food and dance in new and existing museum exhibits.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $45,000 to YMCA of Greater Greensboro for the Black/Latino Achievers Program that provides mentors and college preparedness for high school students and the Bright Beginnings Program, which provides back-to-school clothing and supplies for elementary school students.
  • $35,000 to Communities in Schools for its Mentoring and Leadership Initiative with high school students.
  • $30,000 to Guilford Education Alliance for the Education Matters Report series.
  • $30,000 to Natural Science Center for the Lincoln Financial Sci-Pod and continued improvements to the Sci-Tech Classrooms.
  • $25,000 to the International Civil Rights Museum for children and youth programming, including Saturday Story Hour and a middle school summer film camp.
  • $25,000 to Junior Achievement for its K-12 Ready for My World program, which focuses on financial literacy education at each grade level.
  • $15,000 to YWCA of Greensboro for Y World and Family Power, an after-school mentoring and tutoring program for middle school students.
  • $10,000 to the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) to support ANYTOWN, week-long camp sessions that bring Guilford County youth from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to talk honestly about their differences, similarities, fears and hopes.
  • $10,000 to Win-Win Resolutions for Pre-K C.R.E.W., a prevention program that teaches early literacy skills to at-risk pre-schoolers.
  • $5,000 to Kids Voting of North Carolina for Civics 101: An Engaged Citizenship. 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 the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. Lincoln Financial 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. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $1.6 million to support nonprofits in Greensboro in 2010. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $8.4 million to Greensboro-area nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group

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 $162 billion as of March 31, 2011. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) 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.


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