How Lincoln Financial Spreads Its Grant Money Around in Philadelphia

The Lincoln Financial Foundation (LFF) is committed to six communities where the Fortune 500 Company has a strong presence. Among these communities is Philadelphia, a region that has seen ups and downs in philanthropic giving recently but has rallied around improving public education.

In 2013, LFF made 113 grants totaling $2.1 million in the Greater Philadelphia region in the areas of education, the arts, human services, and economic/workforce development. Here’s what nonprofits should know about securing a Lincoln Financial grant in Philadelphia.

Most Philly Funding Goes to Education

Like many local funders, the Lincoln Financial Foundation puts a high priority on improving education in Philadelphia. In 2013, the most Philadelphia-specific grants went to education38 grants totaling $836,569.

But unlike many other foundations in the area, LFF does not award grants to public or private elementary or secondary schools. LFF prefers to fund youth education programs that close the achievement gap and help high school students earn their diplomas. For the best results, pitch a proposal for pre-K programs that prep for kindergarten, K-12 programs that boost graduation rates and college programs that help students transition and graduate.

Other Funding in Philadelphia

However, there are three other major funding areas that see a steady show of support in Philadelphia. In 2013, LFF made 30 human services grants totaling $423,000, 26 arts grants totaling $466,000, and 18 economic/workforce grants totaling $232,071. You can find a list of 2013 grantees in Philadelphia on the foundation website.

Human services grants go toward meeting basic needs for food, housing, and self-sufficiency. Arts grants go toward art education for at-risk youth and increased access for residents of all ages. And economic/workforce development grants go toward adult education and job skills training programs in the city. Lincoln Financial also has a workplace giving program and company match giving program for local employees.

Unsolicited Grant Requests are Accepted

Grantseekers can breathe a sigh of relief because LFF does accept unsolicited grant applications and the whole process is completed online. Your deadline depends upon your program area so check the foundation’s Applying for a Grant page for updated due dates.

Questions about local grantmaking opportunities can be directed to Susan Segal, Philadelphia’s lone Program Officer at 484-583-2898 or via email at

Related: Read IP’s Profile of the Lincoln Financial Foundation