Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and providing other needed social services to the community’s poor and at-risk people. Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $159,700 in human services grants to 13 local nonprofit organizations, a portion of $795,000 in charitable funds it has allocated to Omaha in 2011.
The Women’s Center for Advancement received $15,000 for its Domestic Violence Self-Sufficiency Program, which helps domestic violence survivors progress to self-sufficiency. The program promotes the educational, physical, emotional and economic well-being of its clients in a coordinated effort with other local service providers. For many domestic violence survivors, access to financial, housing, vocational and other community resources makes the difference between long-term stability and returning to a batterer or becoming homeless.
A $7,500 grant to Legal Aid of Nebraska will underwrite a program that helps Native American woman living in Omaha escape abusive relationships. It will provide legal representation and legal education to 25 Native American women and their families who live at or below the level of poverty. The program will partner with medical providers to the Native American population in order to reach out to these vulnerable individuals. Collaborating agencies include Indian Center, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition and the Fred LeRoy Ponca Health and Wellness Center.
Other human service grants awarded include:
- $35,000 to Nebraska Food Bank Network for the Kids Back Pack Program that provides weekend food to more than 3,000 children in 17 school districts and 60 schools.
- $17,500 to Youth Emergency Service for the Transitional Living Program for youth.
- $12,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) house build.
- $12,500 to March of Dimes for NICU Parent Support Group to provide information and communication to parents with babies in the NICU.
- $21,200 to Siena Francis House for the Meal Provider Program of breakfasts, lunches and dinners to hundreds of homeless individuals.
- $12,500 to Uta Halee for art therapy programs.
- $7,500 to Visiting Nurse Association for the educational program to raise awareness of health and independence needs for seniors.
- $5,000 Brush Up Nebraska for its Paint-a-Thon project to paint the homes of seniors and disabled persons.
- $5,000 to Executive Service Corps for Powerful Tools for Caregivers to provide support for individuals who serve as caregivers.
- $5,000 to Ted E. Bear Hollow for children’s grief peer support groups.
- $5,000 to Volunteers Assisting Seniors for the Low Income Subsidy Education Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Program.
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/culture, education/workforce development, and human services. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $480,000 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2010. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $2.5 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 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 $153 billion as of September 30, 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.