Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Philadelphia through recent grants to 30 local nonprofit agencies that sustain learning. Lincoln Foundation awarded $716,500 in education grants, a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds it has allocated for Philadelphia in 2011.
Teach For America will use a $90,000 grant from Lincoln Foundation to expand the number of its corps members teaching in Philadelphia classrooms. Teach For America recruits talented recent college graduates with strong academic backgrounds and records of achievement to teach in at-risk city schools.
Lincoln Foundation awarded $115,500 to Philadelphia Futures for Youth to support its Sponsor-a-Scholar (SAS) college retention program. Students receive advice and counseling from SAS mentors throughout the students’ college careers. Mentors help with financial aid, tutoring, selecting majors, working with professors and advisors, time management and family issues to ensure the students’ success.
City Year Greater Philadelphia received $63,500 to support its Whole School Whole Child Initiative. City Year corps members are placed in Philadelphia public schools during the 2011-2012 school year and work directly with school administrations to serve students who most need additional support. As near-peer role models and tutors, they form a unique relationship with students, stressing academic support, after-school programming and positive school activities to reinforce a well-rounded educational environment, high school graduation and college readiness.
Additional education grants awarded include:
Pre-K and Early Literacy Programs
- $25,000 to the Children’s Literacy Initiative for its Philadelphia model classroom project to develop emerging literacy skills in kindergarten through third grades throughout Philadelphia by providing model classrooms and teacher development.
- $15,000 to Settlement Music School of Philadelphia for its nationally-recognized Kaleidoscope pre-school arts enrichment initiative for low-income children.
- $12,500 to Children’s Village to support early childhood education and after-school programs for youth in Chinatown.
- $12,500 to Philadelphia READS to help strengthen the literacy skills of elementary students in Philadelphia through mentoring, book drives, summer reading and parent literacy workshops.
- $10,000 to Childspace Cooperative Development for programs that build leadership and business skills among owners and workers at child care centers.
Middle School through High School Support
- $30,000 to Steppingstone Foundation for its academic and scholar enrichment and summer support programs.
- $20,000 to Project Forward Leap Foundation for its summer education and year-round enrichment program for public school students.
- $12,500 to Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia for its Breakthrough School Success program aimed at low-income public school students.
- $10,000 to Need in Deed for Service Learning programs targeting students ages 8-14 and cultivating academic connections to challenging social problems facing urban populations.
High School, Career Preparation, College Preparation and College Success Programs
- $35,000 to Philadelphia Education Fund for its College Access program, providing one-on-one college prep guidance to students in 21 under-resourced and understaffed city schools, along with three College Access Centers for public use, and its ArtsRising program, providing high-quality, consistent art education experiences through core Art Zones throughout Philadelphia.
- $25,000 to Philadelphia Youth Network for its 2012 Work Ready Summer Career Exploration and Internship program.
- $15,000 to Philadelphia Academies providing 10th- through 12th-grade students with career-connected education and work and life readiness support, training, internships and apprenticeships and mentoring.
After-School, Youth Mentoring and Leadership Programs
- $30,000 to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia for three Adopt-a-Center sites, a program that provides homework clubs, literacy programs and computer education in League youth centers.
- $12,500 to After-School Activities Partnerships to support city-wide after-school programs and enrichment activities, including chess, debate, yoga and Scrabble clubs.
- $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania to extend its successful school-based mentoring program in Philadelphia public schools.
- $10,000 to Heart of Variety Fund for its after-school program for youth, ages 14-21, with physical disabilities, operating in seven after-school sites, helping youth develop life skills and build confidence in their abilities.
- $5,000 to Mighty Writers for its literacy after-school programs and writing workshops, helping more than 600 students each year improve their writing skills.
Business, Entrepreneur and Computer Programs for Students
- $25,000 to People’s Emergency Center for the Digital Inclusion Youth Education programs, providing Sixth Grade Stars and Teen Technology Network to low-income and homeless neighborhood students.
- $20,000 to The Enterprise Center for the YES (Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success) program, using entrepreneurial education to provide high school students with skills in professional writing, financial literacy, higher order problem solving and public speaking.
- $5,000 to the Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education for financial literacy programs that promote economic and financial education from kindergarten through high school, including enhanced curriculum support and teacher professional development.
Cultural Education Programs for Public School Students
- $32,500 to Franklin Institute to support the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program of intensive school-year and summer study of earth science, robotics, forensics and architecture for 125 middle and high school students, as well as the ACCESS program, providing free field trips to the museum for children from underserved schools.
- $15,000 to National Constitution Center to support "The Constitution Happened Here" project allowing high school students to research local sites and historical figures connected to the history of the Constitution.
- $15,000 to the Zoological Society of Philadelphia for JZAP, its Junior Zoo Apprentice wildlife conservation and education program for 45 ninth through 12th graders.
- $15,000 to the John Bartram Association for the Southwest Philadelphia School Initiative, providing 3,500 elementary and middle school students with free bus transportation and admission to the site, as well as hands-on seasonal lessons about botany, horticulture, birds and colonial Philadelphia history.
- $15,000 to Please Touch Museum to support its year-round ACES program (Achievement through Community Service, Education and Skill Building), a work-based learning, enrichment and mentoring program serving at-risk high school students, serving students each year from ninth through 12th grade.
- $10,000 to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the Green City Teacher program engaging and assisting inner city public school teachers in environmental education that results in increased gardening at schools and their surrounding neighborhoods.
- $5,000 to Wagner Free Institute of Science for children’s education and neighborhood outreach programs in North Philadelphia, including the long-standing GEOKIDS program.
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 allocated more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2010. Since 1999, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $24 million to Philadelphia-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.