Education Opportunity Provided by Local Nonprofits Receiving Lincoln Financial Foundation Grants

More than $600,000 Awarded

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 5:37 pm EST



Eighteen nonprofits are providing early childhood education, tutoring, mentorship, and college and career readiness training with the help of $611,000 in education grants recently awarded by Lincoln Financial Foundation. These grants are a portion of more than $2.4 million in charitable funds that the Foundation allocated for Fort Wayne in 2017.

Local organizations awarded education grants include:

  • Allen County Education Partnership for Project Reads: Reading, Early Assistance and Development Skills.
  • Allen County – Fort Wayne Historical Society to provide free admission to school groups.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana to support the Big Futures mentoring program.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne for the Project Learn educational enhancement program.
  • Early Childhood Alliance to support pre-kindergarten education and care as well as family engagement for kindergarten readiness.
  • Educational Opportunity and Talent Search Center to support its Youth Education Program.
  • Euell A. Wilson Center for its Academic Excellent Program to reduce the academic achievement gap.
  • Fort Wayne Park Foundation to provide youth mentoring in collaboration with the Fort Wayne Police Department and Fort Wayne United.
  • Fort Wayne Zoological Society for the Animal Tales zoo education program.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana for the staff-led troop program for low-income girls.
  • Indiana University/Perdue University Foundation for its program in actuarial science.
  • Ivy Tech Foundation to support the Education and Career Exploration Program.
  • Lutheran Social Services for the Children’s Village Early Learning Center.
  • Martin Luther King Montessori School for pre-kindergarten programming for low-income children.
  • Science Central for its Demonstration Theater Program and planetarium.
  • Southeast Youth Council to support education, college and career readiness, and life-skills development in its Education Center.
  • Wellspring Interfaith Social Services to support its Youth Service Program, including afterschool programming and summer day camp.  
  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne to provide experiential education opportunities for low-income youth.


About Lincoln Financial Foundation:

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human well-being and economic/workforce development. The Foundation awarded more than $2.4 million to support nonprofits in Fort Wayne in 2016. Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed more than $31 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group:

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $246 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2017. Lincoln is a committed corporate citizen and was named one of the Forbes Best Employers for 2017, is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America, and received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index. Learn more at: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at


Byron Champlin
Lincoln Financial Foundation
(603) 226-5554