Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards More Than $152,000 in Grants to Omaha Nonprofits

Dec 20, 2013 8:45 AM ET

OMAHA, Neb., December 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping to encourage entrepreneurism and promote adult and financial literacy in Omaha.  Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $152,500 in economic and workforce development grants to six local nonprofit organizations, a portion of $846,600 in charitable funds it has allocated to Omaha in 2013.

The Chicano Awareness Center, also known as the Latino Center of the Midlands, received $25,000 for its Adult Basic Education program, which emphasizes computer training for Spanish speaking adults.  This education program promotes computer use and employability by offering Spanish GED and pre-GED classes and tutoring services; essential employment skill-building courses; and career services including job searches, resume writing and first aid/CPR courses.  Most of the adult students who participate in these classes are immigrants who came from rural small towns or ranches, began work as children to assist their impoverished families, and therefore could not attain a high school education.  The Adult Basic Education programming offers these students high-touch assistance to guide them through the GED testing process and employment application process. 

Other economic and workforce development grants awarded include:

  • $47,500 to Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a variety of entrepreneurial programming to educate student entrepreneurs and help adult entrepreneurs connect with and learn from each other, from other local businesses and from renowned business and university leaders across the country.  
  • $30,000 to Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics for the Entrepreneurship Program, which targets start-ups and small businesses to demonstrate the impact of defining intentional organization values, and the Great Cities Index, which assesses the ethical climate of a city's business community.
  • $25,000 to Family Housing Advisory Services to provide financial literacy education and asset-building services, including financial management workshops, individual budget counseling and credit report counseling, to low- to moderate-income people in the Omaha area.
  • $15,000 to Metropolitan Community College Foundation to support the 2014 Heartland Student Entrepreneur Conference for middle, high school and college students to help them understand their talents and entrepreneurship.
  • $10,000 to Youth Care & Beyond to teach developmentally delayed individuals the skills needed to apply for and retain jobs, develop budgets and other critical life skills.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation:

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $846,600 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed nearly $4.2 million to Omaha nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group:

Lincoln Financial Group 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.  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 $197 billion as of September 30, 2013. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement 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



Byron Champlin

Lincoln Financial Foundation

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