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Lincoln Financial Group Foundation Contributes $571,000 to 30 Philadelphia Nonprofit Organizations to Address Human Services Needs.

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lincoln Financial Group Foundation demonstrated its continuing support to developing and sustaining the Greater Philadelphia region by awarding 30 fourth-quarter grants totaling $571,000 to organizations in support of human services programs.

 This quarter's grant recipients include:

 Eagles Charitable Foundation

The Eagles Charitable Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation to help support the Eagles Eye Mobile and Book Mobile, both initiatives of the Eagles Youth Partnership. Each year, the Eye Mobile provides free vision screenings and prescription glasses for thousands of underserved children in the community. Running throughout the spring and summer, the Book Mobile travels to hundreds of Philadelphia-area schools, shelters, libraries, recreation centers, and summer camps each year. At each stop, the "Storybook Man" reads aloud to children and distributes a new, free book to each child.

YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity

The Lincoln Foundation awarded a $75,000 grant to the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity for continued funding of Saturday Fun Clubs, weekend programs at the Christian Street and Columbia North branches that offer activities for children and young adults (ages 6-14). Saturday Fun Clubs provide safe havens for children and youth to make friends and build positive relationships with adult mentors through participation in programs such as sports, visual and performing arts, computers, games, recreational swim, academic tutoring, and field trips.

Universal Community Homes

Universal Community Homes received a $50,000 grant to support the South Philadelphia Financial Literacy and Homeownership Initiative, a comprehensive homeownership education program that focuses on preparing homeowners to acquire, retain, and maintain homes. The effort also includes an outreach program that encourages potential homebuyers to seek financial information and also advances more informed buyers who successfully purchase a new home.

"The quality of life in our community is greatly enriched by human services organizations that offer a spectrum of services, such as educational after-school programs, short-term shelters, and affordable housing, workforce development, and resident involvement," says Jon A. Boscia, chairman and chief executive officer, Lincoln Financial Group. "We hope our support of these human services-focused efforts will help support and empower people with challenges to seek help, learn new skills, and become more self-sufficient."

In addition to the Eagles Charitable Foundation, YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, and Universal Community Homes, the following human services-focused organizations received grants from the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation:
 - Face to Face, Inc. - $25,000 to fund Camp Club, a program offering
 after-school activities that encourage creativity and promote age-
 appropriate play for kindergarten through sixth-grade students.
 - People's Emergency Center - $25,000 to help fund the Teen Technology
 Network, a program that offers high school students with remedial
 academic curricula, technology-focused training, workforce development,
 and opportunities to build relationships with instructors and mentors.
 - Support Center for Child Advocates - $25,000 to support the Project for
 Medically Needy Children, an initiative that strives to improve the
 health and well-being of children who are subject to protective
 proceedings in Family Court by securing medical treatment, special
 education services, and rehabilitative services.
 - Calcutta House - $20,000 to fund the development of the Women's Health
 Initiative, a new offering that will address the full spectrum of
 medical and behavioral needs of female residents.
 - Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. - $20,000 to expand services offered
 by Calle Americana CareerLink, an initiative that provides career
 education training and job placement to the Latino community.
 - Delaware Valley Project with Industry (hireAbility) - $20,000 to
 support customized job search assistance programs for people with
 - Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly - $20,000 for continued
 support of programs that relieve isolation and loneliness among the
 elderly and to fund the development of intergenerational activities.
 - Women's Community Revitalization Project - $20,000 to support
 comprehensive case management services to tenants of the women-led,
 multi-racial, community-based housing development.
 - Doe Fund, Inc. - $15,000 to support the Ready, Willing & Able training
 enhancement program, an initiative that helps homeless men break the
 cycle of homelessness, incarceration, and drug addiction through paid
 work, educational and vocational training, and community service.
 - Drexel University - $15,000 to help fund Physical Fitness and Nutrition
 Service Program/11th Street Family Health Services' transformation into
 a resource for health concerns, nutrition education, and exercise
 - Mt. Airy, USA - $15,000 to support the Housing Counseling Program, an
 initiative that delivers counseling services to low- and moderate-
 income, first-time homebuyers, and older homeowners.
 - CH Pennsylvania Under 21 - $10,000 to expand the Education/Vocation
 Program, an effort that prepares homeless and at-risk students for the
 future by providing them with job readiness, placement, and retention
 services to help them enter and succeed in the workplace.
 - Carson Valley School - $10,000 to expand access to The Benefit Bank, a
 Web-based tool that helps low- and moderate-income individuals apply
 for benefits and tax credits, and file taxes.
 - CASA/Youth Advocates, Inc. - $10,000 to support Child Advocacy programs
 that improve services for abused and neglected children through a
 trained advocate who helps assure the continuation of services.
 - Center for Family Services, Inc. - $10,000 to create a sanctuary art
 therapy room to serve as a place of safety, comfort, and community for
 victims of violent crimes.
 - Diversified Community Services, Inc. - $10,000 to support social
 services programs at Dixon House, a neighborhood community center that
 promotes family stability and self-sufficiency.
 - Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. - $10,000 to help launch
 programs that promote family unity and cultural heritage targeted to
 Latina girls in Eastern North Philadelphia.
 - Jewish Employment and Vocational Service - $10,000 to support the Home
 Maintenance and Repair Program, a 12-week maintenance course for low-
 to moderate-income first-time homeowners or potential homebuyers.
 - National Adoption Center - $10,000 to help underwrite public awareness
 and recruitment efforts with national and regional media that inform
 the public about children who are awaiting an adoptive family and
 provide interested families with information to facilitate the adoption
 - Trevor's Campaign, Inc. - $10,000 to support renovations to its
 facility, allowing the program to continue offering comprehensive
 services to homeless families.
 - West Philadelphia Alliance for Children - $8,000 to support the Bright,
 Bold and Beautiful Academic Enrichment Program, an after-school
 development initiative for sixth- and seventh-grade students in the
 Philadelphia School District in West Philadelphia.
 - Center City District Foundation - $5,000 to support the Community Court
 Nursing Center, a program that works with select groups of criminal
 offenders to address behavioral problems and provide them with medical
 treatment and referral sources.
 - Friendship Circle of Delaware Valley North, Inc. - $5,000 to help fund
 The Friendship Circle, a program that provides assistance and support
 to the families of children with special needs, as well as to
 individuals and families struggling with addiction, isolation, and
 other crises.
 - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania -
 $5,000 to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical
 - Philadelphia Senior Center, Inc. - $5,000 to support the Social
 Service/Health Independence Program, an initiative that maintains the
 independence of residents while promoting autonomy, health, and well-
 being of residents in subsidized senior housing.
 - Urban Tree Connection - $5,000 to support Trees: A Child-Based Approach
 to Educate the Community, a program that engages neighborhood children
 and their families in the reclamation of abandoned spaces in
 Philadelphia's disadvantaged neighborhoods.
 - United Polish American Social Services - $3,000 to support the Health
 Advocacy and Benefits Counseling Program, offering assistance to low-
 income seniors with the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

The Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of education, arts/culture and human services. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to two percent of its pretax earnings, averaged over a three-year period, for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees live and work.

Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation and its affiliates. With headquarters in Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Group has consolidated assets of $119 billion as of June 30, 2005, and had annual consolidated revenues of $5.4 billion in 2004. Through its wealth accumulation, retirement income and wealth protection businesses, the company provides annuities, life insurance, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, savings plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, institutional investment, and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services.

CONTACT: Media inquiries, Rob Fleener, +1-215-448-1455, or, or Investor inquiries, Priscilla Brown, +1-215-448-1422, or, both of Lincoln Financial Group

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