Lincoln Invests to Preserve the Past and Advance the Future with The HistoryMakers and UNCF
As part of its action plan to advance racial equity, Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today announced partnerships with The HistoryMakers and UNCF to further support Black communities through the preservation of African American historical records and creation of a future talent pipeline of high-achieving African American students.
The HistoryMakers, a one-of-a-kind collection housed permanently at the Library of Congress, provides unprecedented and irreplaceable physical and online records that educate on the struggles, determination, contributions and achievements of African American lives through unique first-person testimonies. As part of its $1-million contribution, Lincoln sponsored The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights, a virtual convening of some of the nation's top African American thought leadership, and will also provide its employees access to the digital archives to continue crucial conversations about race throughout the organization and further advance cultural understanding.
With an aspiration to increase minority workforce opportunities, Lincoln and UNCF will create a postsecondary program for UNCF scholars that provides internships, scholarship assistance and early-career readiness support to help prepare students for rewarding careers in the insurance and asset management industries. The program will serve as a strong talent pipeline for the industry, and Lincoln will successfully recruit students from this program into the company's Internship Development Program and other potential early-career opportunities.
"We believe that working to advance racial equity is our responsibility as an organization," said Dennis R. Glass, president and chief executive officer at Lincoln Financial. "Last year, we put our plans in place and immediately began taking action - thoughtful, strategic action that will set the foundation for long-term results. We are committed to driving change, we know we have more work to do, and we are accountable for it."
Lincoln has organized its plans to support racial justice and equity around eight key action areas, and the following shares progress made in each focus area:
Throughout 2021, Lincoln will share more information about each of its eight diversity action areas and progress made on its newsroom.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people 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, and 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 $303 billion in end-of-period account values as of December 31, 2020. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, we earned perfect 100 percent scores on the Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index, and rank among Forbes' World's Best Employers, Best Large Employers, Best Employers for Diversity, and Best Employers for Women, and Newsweek's Most Responsible Companies. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.