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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:55 pm

Lincoln Financial Foundation Grants

Journal Gazette

Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $514,000 to 16 local nonprofits to help strengthen educational opportunities and reduce dropout rates.

The grants are a portion of more than $2.5 million in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2015. Grant recipients are:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana: $30,000 to fund its College Success Mentoring program, a one-to-one program that continues the traditional mentoring of at-risk youth after they graduate from high school. This program was designed to reverse high school drop-out trends, prepare youth for college and decrease first-year college attrition. Mentors and staff provide students with support and encouragement to graduate from high school and prepare for college and career success.

Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: $100,000 to support its financial literacy programs. Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana is committed to preparing local young people to enjoy economically successful and self-sufficient futures.

Early Childhood Alliance: $50,000 to support the Families Ready program, which provides information, screening and resources to families of preschool children with the ultimate goal of preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Turnstone Center for Children and Adults: $50,000 to subsidize child care fees for families with special needs children at the Robert Kimbrough Early Learning Center.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne: $45,000 for Project Learn, an after-school program that includes homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning activities, technology and enhancement programs, incentives and recognition.

Science Central: $45,000 to support educational programs offered in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater and Lincoln’s employee attendance package.

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne: $42,000 to support youth programs at its Southwick Elementary, Renaissance Pointe and Camp Potawotami sites.

Allen County Education Partnership: $40,000 to Allen County Education Partnership for Project READS (Reading, Early Assistance in Developing Skills), which helps children in kindergarten through third grade develop and improve their reading and writing skills.

Lifeline Youth and Family Services: $31,000 for Building Blocks Preschool, which serves the low-income community of Brookmill Court Apartments.

IPFW: $30,000 to provide financial assistance to low-income, academically advanced high school students enrolled in the Collegiate Connection Program. This program allows students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Southeast Youth Council: $25,000 to support the Education Center and Afternoon Drop-in Center, which help youth with homework and offer other types of educational assistance.

Fort Wayne Zoological Society: $24,000 to support Animal Tales, a preschool literacy program that also teaches young children about science and nature.

Educational Opportunity and Talent Search Center: $20,000 to provide classes and services to students in grades 2-12 that include tutoring, computer training, GED preparation, English-as-a-Second Language, college awareness and preparation, financial literacy and writing.

Girl Scouts of Northern ­Indiana-Michiana: $20,000 to allow girls from low-income families the opportunity to attend summer camp.

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society: $15,000 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.

Fort Wayne Public Television: $7,000 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 work for judging.

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The foundation awarded more than $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2014. Since 2006, the foundation has contributed nearly $26.7 million to Fort Wayne nonprofit organizations.