Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Omaha through recent grants to 17 local nonprofit agencies. Among the recipients is Durham Museum, which received $15,000 to support education programming and a major exhibition. The award is part of $203,800 in education grants made by Lincoln Foundation in Omaha and a portion of $795,000 in charitable funds it has allocated for the area in 2011.
Lincoln Foundation’s grant to Durham Museum will underwrite the Scholars in Residence program, which gives students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to learn about cultural diversity from renowned scholars and speakers. Two academics will visit Omaha each semester for a series of presentations at area schools that coincide with a nationally recognized heritage month, such as Black History Month. The grant also will support an exhibit on George Washington Carver from Chicago’s Field Museum. The exhibit, which opens July 30, offers a rare glimpse at the life and work of this celebrated scientist, humanitarian and "Renaissance Man." It features more than 100 historical artifacts and examines Carver’s journey from slave to scholar.
Additional education grants awarded by Lincoln Foundation include:
- $25,000 to Child Saving Institute for the Bridges to Success program, which develops independent living skills for youth who will be aging out of foster care.
- $25,000 to Omaha Children’s Museum to support multiple field trips to the museum for four partner elementary schools.
- $18,000 to Junior Achievement to support financial literacy programs in elementary schools.
- $15,000 to Girls Incorporated of Omaha for GirlSTART, a literacy program for girls in kindergarten through second grade
- $12,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands for community-based mentoring for at-risk young people.
- $12,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands for Power Hour, a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program.
- $12,000 to Camp Fire USA for after-school learning lab programs in science for kindergarten through sixth grade.
- $12,000 to Conference for Inclusive Communities for the IncluCity Middle and IncluCity I programs to increase diversity awareness and leadership skills among middle school and high school students.
- $10,250 to Metropolitan Community College for the entrepreneurship program for middle, high school and college students.
- $10,000 to Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska, for More Grass, Less Screen, a nature program designed specifically for urban girls.
- $10,000 to YMCA for the teen mentoring program.
- $7,500 to Fontenelle Nature Center for education programs for Title One schools.
- $7,500 to Heartland Family Service for the Ready in 5 program to assist refugees and caregivers to prepare pre-kindergartners for success in school.
- $5,500 to Kids Can for its pre-kindergarten and elementary school program, Handwriting Without Tears.
- $5,000 to All Our Kids for its Career Exploration Project, which enables middle school and high school students to learn about new careers.
- $2,050 to Douglas County Historical Society for education programs for Title One schools.
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 awarded more than $488,000 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 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.