Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards More Than $238,000 in Grants to Philly Nonprofits

Dec 20, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Philadelphia, December 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping local nonprofits provide workforce education, build literacy and stimulate economic development in Philadelphia.  Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $238,221 in economic and workforce development grants to 15 Philadelphia nonprofits, a portion of $2.1 million in charitable funds that Lincoln Foundation has allocated for Philadelphia in 2013.

Congreso de Latinos Unidos received $30,721 to support its Education and Workforce Services program assisting more than 425 Latino adults.  Through four core programs, Congreso offers services such as GED and ESL instruction, job training and post-secondary education. 

The Education, Employment, and Empowerment Program serves 120 youth, ages17-21, who have "dropped out" or been "pushed out" of the traditional school system.  Chosen as one of three literacy HUBS in Philadelphia by the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Congreso serves 125 adult students in North Philadelphia and provides expedited referrals to quality learning programs throughout the city.  It also offers supportive services that promote student retention in educational courses aligned with learners’ career paths.  The Childhood Development Associate training program serves 50 recipients and provides intensive training, internships, employment services and preparation for a national credential in childcare.  The Harcum College at Congreso is an Associate’s degree program that serves 130 students each year and offers degree tracks in early childhood education, human services, law and justice and leadership.

Other economic and workforce development grants awarded include:

  • $30,000 to The American College for its Center for Veterans Affairs, which offers support services for qualifying military veterans and their spouses.
  • $25,000 to Ready, Willing & Able for Career Development Services, which helps homeless and formerly incarcerated and/or recovering addicted men overcome barriers to employment and achieve independent lifestyles.
  • $20,000 to Community Learning Center for the Helping Adults Succeed education program as well as the student services program, which provide intensive literacy and GED services along with personal and emotional support.
  • $17,500 to Achievability for the Family Self Sufficiency program, assisting adults and their families become self-reliant by helping the adults earn college degrees or vocational credentials, develop life skills, get better jobs and build financial assets.
  • $15,000 to Childspace Cooperative Development to help childcare businesses serving low-income Philadelphia children to stabilize their businesses and improve the quality of care they provide.
  • $15,000 to Inglis Foundation for the Community Employment Services program, enabling adults with disabilities to find higher-wage, more secure jobs to sustain independent lives.
  • $15,000 to Travis Manion Foundation for Character Does Matter, an ambassador training program where veterans are paired with a school in their own community to speak with students about the value of service and community.
  • $12,500 to Philadelphia VIP for its Small Business Nonprofit Legal Assistance program, providing clients with free legal support to maintain, grow and operate their small businesses, while freeing limited monetary resources for services to their constituents.
  • $10,000 to Pathways PA for Mathworks, which provides math and job readiness education to unemployed and underemployed individuals, helping them enter the workforce and advance careers.
  • $10,000 to Programs Employing People for Adult Education and Literacy programs for low-income adults with developmental disabilities.
  • $10,000 to University City District for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, which provides some of Philadelphia’s largest employers with currently unemployed, but highly skilled, West Philadelphia residents.
  • $10,000 to Urban League of Philadelphia for its Career Center, which provides clients with workshops on resume review, interviewing skills, mock interviewing, conducting effective job searches and proper use of social media.
  • $10,000 to Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to provide job placement and educational support services to immigrants.
  • $7,500 to Urban Affairs Coalition for the Entrepreneur Works program, which cultivates and assists entrepreneurs in underserved neighborhoods of Philadelphia by providing business skills courses, specialized workshops and peer group support.


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 awarded more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $18 million to Philadelphia 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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