TITLE: Philadelphia Program Officer
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, secondary and postsecondary education, vocational training, and homelessness
CONTACT: Susan.Segal@LFG.com, 484-583-2898
IP TAKE: Weighted most strongly toward high school and college education, Segal also funds Philadelphia-area programs that help the homeless and people who are struggling financially to get back on track.
PROFILE: The Lincoln Financial Foundation directs Philadelphia-area grantseekers to Program Officer Susan Segal. The foundation awards around $2 million each year to Philly nonprofits working in four areas:
- Philadelphia-based secondary and postsecondary education programs;
- The arts, specifically to increase access for Philadelphians of all demographics and economic strata;
- Human services, to disrupt the patterns that lead both families and individuals to the street;
- Economic development in the city.
Lincoln's grantmaking in Philadelphia has remained consistent since 2011. The foundation is a fantastic resource for area grantseekers looking for help with programs that support the disadvantaged.
Segal received her bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and worked for former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, directing his public appearances and acting as "the liaison to the mayor's cabinet, state, federal, and local government officials" during the early and mid-1990s. In 1996 she left Rendell's office to become executive director at Welcome to America, a charitable organization run by a local chain of convenience stores known as a Wawa. The Regional Performing Arts Center picked her up from there in 2001; she organized a large-scale opening celebration for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Lincoln Financial Group appointed Segal to her current position in 2002.