RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced today that it is once again engaging its Facebook community to help choose the next winner of its Lincoln’s Legacy Award. Like in 2013, the contest will recognize a nonprofit organization that advances President Abraham Lincoln's legacy of freedom, opportunity and equality through education. Voting will take place from now until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 4, 2014. During that time, fans of Lincoln Financial's Facebook page will cast votes for the finalist that will ultimately win the $50,000 award.
The Lincoln’s Legacy Award is a key component of "Lincoln's Legacy," the company's three-year initiative that began in 2013 with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and culminates in 2015, the year that marks the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Twice as many nonprofits from across the country applied for the award in 2014 as compared to last year.
"Lincoln's Legacy is all about inspiring the hopes and dreams of America's children," said Nancy Rogers, senior vice president and president of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group. "The Lincoln’s Legacy Award enables us to celebrate and support organizations whose principles and programs help create – through youth education – the level of access and opportunity envisioned by our namesake, President Abraham Lincoln. We wish each finalist the best of luck as the Facebook voting commences."
The 10 nonprofit organizations included in this year’s contest are as follows:
- College Now Greater Cleveland, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio)
- Family Connection of Columbia County, Inc. (Grovetown, Ga.)
- Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Miami, Fla.)
- YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenberg, Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.)
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.)
- First Graduate (San Francisco, Calif.)
- The Opportunity Network (New York, N.Y.)
- Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, Ill.)
- Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Inc. (St Louis, Mo.)
Fans and supporters can view a profile of each finalist and cast their votes by following this direct link from their laptop or desktop. Most mobile devices will not allow voting for a finalist using Facebook.
During each year of the "Lincoln's Legacy" initiative, one organization that advances the President's legacy of freedom, opportunity and equality, and whose programs impact increased high school graduation rates and college preparedness, will receive the $50,000 Lincoln’s Legacy Award. Brigade Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, N.C., won the first-ever Legacy Award in 2013, receiving the highest number of votes from Lincoln Financial Facebook fans during a month-long social media campaign.
"We practice Diversity and Inclusion throughout every aspect of our business, including our relationships with national communities," said Allison Green, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for Lincoln Financial Group. "Lincoln's Legacy not only looks to the past for inspiration, but it is also committed to moving ahead by helping young people achieve successful futures. The Lincoln’s Legacy Award was created to achieve that goal, and we are pleased to be able to once again engage our social community in the process of choosing the most deserving nonprofit organization for this important recognition."
Applications that met the eligibility requirements were reviewed by Lincoln Financial's Internal Selection Panel, who then selected the 10 finalists.
For more information, including rules to place your vote, please visit the Legacy Award section of Lincoln Financial's Facebook page. To learn more about the Lincoln's Legacy initiative, please visit www.lincolnslegacy.lfg.com.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans 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 $216 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2014. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com.
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.