The Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded $524,000 in grants to 16 local nonprofit organizations. These grants are a portion of more than $2.5 million in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2013.
Grant recipients were:
Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne: $280,000 over two years to support its annual fund drive and the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative. Arts Uniteds annual fund drive is the primary means for mobilizing support for all of its activities, including significant operating grants to 12 principal partners.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic: $49,000 to sponsor the After Hours and Choral Concert Series as well as the Ensembles in the Schools music education program.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art: $40,000 to support Chihuly: Secret Garden, an exhibition showcasing the works of internationally famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Fort Wayne Cinema Center: $17,500 in support of programming that focuses on diversity as well as Lincoln Financials employee attendance package.
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre: $16,000 to sponsor the 2013-2014 season, which includes four musicals, three plays and a featured production during the Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.
Fort Wayne Dance Collective: $15,000 to support a two-day guest residency of Gallim Dance from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education: $13,500 for the Multicultural Visiting Artists Program for elementary students, teachers and their families.
Fort Wayne Childrens Choir: $13,000 to fund music education programs for youth, ages 7 to 18, who participate in one of seven ensembles, workshops, retreats and the annual Choralfest camp.
Heartland Chamber Chorale: $13,000 for education outreach, including the Side by Side in Song program for high school students and the Everybody Sing program for elementary and middle school students.
Audiences Unlimited: $12,000 to support 60 small ensemble performances presented by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to long-term-care residents.
Fort Wayne Park Foundation: $12,000 for support of the Foellinger Theatre summer concert and movie series.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre: $12,000 to support community outreach programs and the 2013-2014 Season of four theater productions.
Unity Performing Arts Foundation: $9,000 for its Voices of Unity Choir program.
ARCH: $7,500 to fund community education programs, including tours, workshops, classroom activities and lectures.
Artlink: $7,500 for the 34th Annual National Print Exhibition, which focuses on printmaking techniques, including etching, woodcuts, lithography, intaglio, mezzotint, wood engraving, metal engraving, serigraphs and combinations of techniques.
Embassy Theatre Foundation: $7,000 for the Learn it Live educational series, which presents free professional touring company productions to students and their families.
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 $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2012. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $89.3 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.