Omaha, Neb., July 1, 2014 – The Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Omaha through $274,000 in recent grants to 18 local nonprofit agencies. These grants are a portion of more than $846,600 in charitable funds the Foundation has allocated for Omaha in 2014.
Child Saving Institute received $25,000 for its Independent Living Skills program, which equips 16-19-year-olds in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, who are at risk of aging out of foster care, with knowledge, skills and a support system to graduate from high school and live independently.
The Independent Living Skills program provides a wide range of services based on the youth’s individual needs through a wraparound approach. Individual assessments identify each adolescent’s specific needs, such as job training, money management skills, educational assistance, and mentoring. Case Management services provide an Independent Living Specialist to facilitate the development and function of a youth-driven Transition Planning Team that helps develop the youth’s Independent Living plan, identifies specific goals, and provides assistance and encouragement to the youth in attaining these goals. Training and Support Groups meet weekly to provide training on specific independent living skills, such as budgeting, career planning, resume building, healthy relationships, as well as support for the social and emotional aspects of preparing for independence. Through the Independent Living Skills wraparound approach, youth benefit by acquiring information pertaining to independence and how to achieve independence successfully.
Other education grants awarded include:
- $25,000 to Durham Museum for its Scholars in Residence Education Series, supporting national heritage months, and for the fall exhibit of Identity: An Exhibition of You.
- $25,000 to Omaha Children’s Museum to support field trips to the museum for Title 1 schools to facilitate hands-on learning.
- $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands for community-based mentoring for children at risk of academic failure.
- $20,000 to Girls Incorporated of Omaha for Girls Make the Grade, a literacy program for girls in kindergarten through second grade and homework assistance for girls in all grades.
- $20,000 to Junior Achievement to support financial literacy programs in elementary schools.
- $15,000 to Heartland Family Service for Ready in 5, a program that helps refugee children prepare for success in kindergarten.
- $15,000 to Inclusive Communities for IncluCity, a human relations and leadership program for high school students. This grant also supports the Service Learning Internship Program, which provides IncluCity graduates an opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills in the areas of advocacy, program development and nonprofit administration while engaging in activities that promote respect and inclusion in their schools.
- $15,000 to YMCA of Greater Omaha for its Teen Safety Net program, which provides a safe, supervised environment and activities for teens after school and during the summer.
- $12,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands for the Readers to Leaders program for children in grades K-2, which is focused on closing the literacy gap for economically disadvantaged children.
- $12,000 to Completely Kids to support academic enrichment programs with a service learning component for at-risk youth.
- $10,000 to College Possible to help low-income students prepare for and earn admission to college and graduate ready for the workforce.
- $10,000 to Fontenelle Nature Association for its Environmental Expeditionary Learning Initiative, providing students in grades K-6 with science lessons both in school and at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Neale Woods Nature Center.
- $10,000 to Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska, for My Summer Place, a summer camp program for girls entering grades 1-9.
- $10,000 to Nebraska Children’s Home Society Foundation for the Early Education Support program, which helps families of pre-school children afford quality child care.
- $10,000 to Kids Can Community Center to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related events and activities for school-aged children.
- $10,000 to Partnership for Kids for its group mentoring program for children in grades 7-9.
- $10,000 to TeamMates Mentoring Program for its mentoring program for students in grades 3-12.
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 awarded $846,600 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2013. Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed nearly $4.6 million to Omaha-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 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.