More Than $70,000 in Workforce and Economic Development Grants Awarded
15 February 2012

Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are promoting adult literacy, financial education and job training in New Hampshire. Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $70,300 in workforce and economic development grants to eight local nonprofit organizations working in this area.

The New Hampshire Humanities Council received a $14,000 grant for Connections, its adult literacy program. The program targets New Hampshire’s growing immigrant and refugee population, adults with inadequate reading skills, incarcerated individuals and developmentally disabled adults. Trained facilitators lead adult students in a four-part series of conversations anchored by high-quality children’s literature. Participants keep their books as an encouragement to start home libraries and to read with their families.

A $10,000 grant to Dartmouth Medical School will help fund the New Hampshire portion of a regional initiative to develop strategies for creating and sustaining a stable and adequate nursing workforce. The initiative will create a new curriculum for inter-professional learning that will focus on exemplary practice, patient safety, health care delivery science, job satisfaction and quality improvement. It builds on the recommendations of a recent Institute of Medicine report that identified that patients receive safer and higher-quality care when health professionals work in inter-professional teams, communicate effectively and clearly understand and value the roles and responsibilities of the various health professionals on the team.

More Than Wheels will use a $10,000 grant to fund financial literacy education as part of its Concord credit repair program. The course teaches budgeting and financial goal-setting, checking account management, money-saving techniques, building a positive credit history, food economics and nutrition and healthy lifestyles. More Than Wheels sets low-income clients on the road to financial freedom by helping them buy an automobile and by giving them the financial management tools to keep it.

Other workforce and economic development grants awarded include:

  • $8,000 to Second Start for College Bridge 101, a transitional education program for refugees and immigrants that provides English as a Second Language classes and computer education for unemployed or underemployed adults.
  • $8,300 to Pemi-Baker Literacy to provide free one-to-one tutoring or small classes in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, basic computer skills and preparation for the GED test to adults lacking a high school diploma.
  • $7,500 to Concord Area Trust for Community Housing (CATCH) to underwrite its Home Buyer and Financial Success Center, which increases financial literacy, expands home ownership and helps prevent or resolve mortgage defaults and foreclosures for low- to moderate-income families and individuals.
  • $7,500 to the Keene State College to help the college place advanced Safety Studies majors in applied learning experiences with selected New Hampshire businesses and industries.
  • $5,000 to Child Health Services to help expand its family literacy and support program, which includes literacy training for parents (including English as a Second Language and GED classes), parent training in how to be their child’s first teacher and interactive literacy activities between parents and children.

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 workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded more than $460,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2011. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $2.2 million to New Hampshire 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 $160 billion as of December 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


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