Lincoln Financial Foundation will help provide access to preschool for children with special needs and children from low-income families through a $46,000 grant to the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities. The award is part of $655,500 in education grants made recently to 20 local nonprofit organizations by the Lincoln Foundation and a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds it has allocated for the area in 2011.
The Turnstone grant will support Kimbrough Early Learning Center (KELC), which offers a stimulating educational environment for children ages 2-6 with and without disabilities. While at the center, children also may receive therapeutic intervention including occupational, physical and speech therapy.
"Several years ago Lincoln Foundation’s financial support helped expand the KELC to add a full-day childcare component to its existing preschool program," said Nancy Louraine, Turnstone Center executive director. "Continued support has helped Turnstone sustain this early educational program that is vital to children of all abilities, but especially to children with disabilities.
"Not only are we able to address the physical, occupational and speech needs of these children through the program’s therapy component," Louraine said, "but we also are able to develop their intellectual capacity so that they are prepared for kindergarten. Lincoln’s financial support enables Turnstone to adjust the fees so that it is affordable to any family."
Other education grants awarded include:
- $100,000 to Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana to support the Elementary Economics and Lincoln Finance Park programs. These programs help students better understand the economic impact of their financial decisions as well as larger regional and national issues in the context of their personal finances and the local economy.
- $56,000 to AIDS Task Force to fund education and outreach services reaching high-risk youth.
- $46,500 to Early Childhood Alliance to support early care and education for children of homeless families and the Parent Engagement Program.
- $45,000 to Science Central to support educational programs offered in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater and for Lincoln’s employee attendance package.
- $43,500 to Allen County Education Partnership for Project READS (Reading, Early Assistance in Developing Skills) that helps children in kindergarten through third grade develop and improve their reading and writing skills.
- $42,000 to YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne for the Southwick Elementary Before and After School Program, Renaissance Pointe YMCA Summer Learning Program and Camp Potawotami’s Outdoor Education Program.
- $40,000 to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to provide financial assistance to academically advanced high school students enrolled in the Collegiate Connection Program. This assistance allows students from low-income families the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
- $30,000 to Northeast Indiana Public Radio for support of an educational programming initiative that is targeted to K-12 students in the arts and sciences and includes broadcasting From the Top, A Moment of Science and Science Friday.
- $25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana to support Lunch Buddies, a one-to-one site-based mentoring program that pairs an adult mentor with a child for one hour a week during the academic year.
- $25,000 to Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana to provide scholarships that enable girls from low-income families to attend camp and to support programs that meet their physical, developmental, educational, emotional and social needs while actively building leadership skills.
- $23,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne for Project Learn, an after-school program that includes homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning activities, technology and enhancement programs, incentives and recognition.
- $23,000 to Educational Opportunity and Talent Search Center to provide classes and services to students in the second through 12th grades that include tutoring, computer training, GED preparation, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), college awareness and preparation, financial literacy and writing.
- $23,000 to Euell Wilson Center for after-school programs that include mentoring, life skills classes, performing arts classes, homework support, reading and math tutoring and general recreation.
- $21,000 to Lifeline Youth and Family Services for Building Blocks Preschool, which serves the low-income community of Brookmill Court Apartments.
- $18,500 to Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society for the Heritage Education Fund, which helps provide free tours to the History Center and the Chief Richardville House for students, teachers and school groups.
- $14,000 to Fort Wayne Public Television for the PBS Kids Go! Writers’ Contest that encourages children in kindergarten through third grade to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.
- $14,000 to Mental Health America for Kids on the Block puppet programs. The programs teach children about a variety of disabilities and issues including cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, diabetes, developmental disabilities and spina bifida, and teach acceptance of, and appreciation for, children who are different.
- $10,000 to Leadership Fort Wayne to fund youth leadership programs, including Youth Leadership Fort Wayne and the Leadership Exploration and Development Program.
- $10,000 to Southeast Youth Council for the Cornerstone Youth Center’s Education Center. The center offers a computer lab, tutoring and homework assistance.
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 $2.75 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2010. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $85 million to Fort Wayne 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.