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About Beneficial Bank

Founded in 1853, Beneficial Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia.  It is a community-based, full-service financial services company that has served individuals and businesses in the Delaware Valley for 158 years. With 65 offices in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions and $4.7 billion in assets, Beneficial offers a full array of financial products that includes commercial, consumer and real estate lending, insurance and wealth management. Visit for more information.

About the Institute for American Values

The Institute for American Values, founded in 1988, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to research, publication, and public education on issues of civil society. By providing forums for scholarly inquiry and debate, the Institute seeks to bring fresh knowledge to bear on the challenges facing civil society. The John Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values seeks to promote savings opportunities and incentives for Americans of modest means and to establish thrift as a broadly achievable, financially rewarding and culturally favored way of life. To learn more about the Institute’s work in thrift and generosity, visit

About People For People, Inc.

People for People, Inc. (PFP), is a non-profit organization whose guiding mission is to break the generational cycle of poverty in the lives of economically-challenged Philadelphians by providing them with positive alternatives to drugs, crime, and welfare dependency through a holistic approach involving education, mentoring, counseling, financial services and job skills training.  Recognizing the complex and inter-connected challenges facing low-income urban residents, PFPseeks to provide support services to residents and to link distressed neighborhoods with concerned leadership and available resources.

Founded by Reverend Dr. Herbert H. Lusk, II in 1989 for the purpose of community economic development, and for the promotion of education and entrepreneurial energy in North Central Philadelphia, PFP seeks to achieve the transformation of its surrounding culture from one that has historically seen itself largely in negative terms to one that sees itself as having within it the capacity to enrich and enhance the quality of life of all its stakeholders. Visit us at

About the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Press

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

Our vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton's optimism about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation's motto, "How little we know, how eager to learn," exemplifies our support for open-minded inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.

Templeton Press was founded in January 1997 as a program of Templeton Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit foundation established by Sir John Templeton, and is now a subsidiary of the John Templeton Foundation. Since its inception, the Press has published more than one hundred books, primarily in the core areas of science and religion, health and spirituality, freedom and free enterprise, and the virtues.


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