Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced today that Junior Achievement has won the company’s Charitable Vote campaign: a $10,000 award resulting from a three-month social media campaign in which Lincoln Financial’s Facebook® fans chose the national nonprofit group they felt best represents President Abraham Lincoln’s ideals of freedom and opportunity through education. The award will be divided equally among Junior Achievement’s chapters in Omaha, Neb., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Greensboro, N.C. — the cities where Lincoln Financial has office locations.
"We are proud to recognize Junior Achievement, as well as all of our other nonprofit partners, for their ongoing commitment to educational initiatives that expand opportunities for children and their families," said Nancy Rogers, president of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group. "It’s been nearly 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, but his legacy of freedom and opportunity endures through the tremendous work of these groups. Those values also serve as an inspiration behind our own corporate commitment to making a difference in the communities."
Voting took place between February 25, 2013, and May 17, 2013.
"Junior Achievement is honored to be associated with President Lincoln’s ideals of freedom and opportunity through education," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. "Since 1919, Junior Achievement has been dedicated to helping young people succeed through entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness programs. On behalf of our local operations in Omaha, Fort Wayne and Greensboro, we are grateful for the support of Lincoln Financial’s online community and for the generosity demonstrated by this grant."
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.
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 $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.
About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in 119 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.