The endeavors of the Solidarity Association have led to many interviews with our founder, Frank Hanna, and many invitations for him to speak to audiences here and abroad. From time to time we will post here some of the more significant of them on topics ranging from education and stewardship in general, to particular topics such as our involvement in particular initiatives like our acquisition for the Vatican of the Mater Verbi (Bodmer) Papyrus.

The Call of the Entrepreneur

A merchant banker.

A failing dairy farmer.

A refugee from Communist China.

One risked his savings.

One risked his farm.

One risked his life.

Why do their stories matter?

Because how we view entrepreneurs—as greedy or altruistic, as virtuous or vicious—shapes the destinies of individuals and nations.

Frank Hanna accepts David R. Jones Award

Frank Hanna, founder and CEO of Hanna Capital, has been involved in education for the past 25 years, most recently serving as co-chairman for the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Hanna has been instrumental in the foundation of three new Catholic schools in Atlanta, one of which serves underprivileged Hispanic immigrants. That school has also served as a focal point for urban renewal, as a village has been created around the school to serve the entire community. In November 2007, Frank Hanna was awarded the prestigious William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership from the Philanthropy Roundtable.

Recently, Hanna accepted the David R. Jones Award for Leadership in Philanthropy at The Fund’s Leadership Network Conference held in Colorado Springs.

Frank Hanna's acceptance speech:

Philanthropy is becoming an increasingly important topic in our society, and it is something of an evolving phenomenon. We all know that value creation is the act of bringing something out of nothing, and it seems to me that people are now seeking to realize value through the act of philanthropy.

First, let me state that value is more than just money - value is anything that’s worth something. Therefore, value creation is not only possible in philanthropy, it is actually the only reason for philanthropy to exist - to bring about value.

Over the last decade, I have felt compelled to study philanthropy. I was very fortunate to have grown up in an entrepreneurial family. My great grandfather and his brother came to this country and were both in business for themselves. My great grandfather

Frank Hanna discusses the Hanna Papyrus at Christendom College

"When I was a child and I thought of defending the faith, I thought of some crusader on a horse going against the invaders of the Holy Land," author and entrepreneur Frank Hanna told the students and faculty of Christendom College during his address on September 27. "Now, that is defending the faith, but defending the faith is a lot broader than that."

In his talk, entitled Defending the Faith, Defending the Word of God, Hanna related how he established the Hanna Papyrus Trust, which sought to acquire for the Vatican sections 14 and 15 of the Bodmer Papyrus from the Martin Bodmer Foundation. The Bodmer Papyrus is a set of papyri which were discovered in 1952 at Pabau, Egypt. Dating back to A.D. 175, the papyri contain the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke—and the oldest copy of the Lord's Prayer—in the world. Subsequent to its acquisition for the Vatican by Hanna, the Vatican renamed it the Hanna Papyrus.

Frank Hanna interviewed on Salt & Light

September 5, 2010
From the Salt and Light Website:
Frank Hanna is CEO of Hanna Capital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was instrumental in the formation of three new Catholic schools in Atlanta, Georgia at a time when so many Catholic schools are closing. Frank Hanna is the founder of the Solidarity Association, which has been instrumental in many charitable efforts. He serves as Trustee of the Hanna Papyrus Trust, which guards the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke (and the oldest copy of the Lord's Prayer) in the world. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica who interviews Frank Hanna on his outstanding Catholic values that influence his work, philanthropy and leadership in a variety of areas.


Frank Hanna is Distinguished Lecturer at Franciscan University

STEUBENVILLE, OH—"You evangelize the business world, not by disavowing their vocation, or by telling them they're involved in something dirty, or illegitimate, but by calling them to be holy," said Frank Hanna, entrepreneur, merchant banker, and author of What Your Money Means (Crossroad).

Hanna spoke on November 3 to a standing-room-only crowd at Franciscan University of Steubenville on "God in the Marketplace." 

He described the work of a business professional, at its best, as a true service to the will of God, saying, "God is pleased when we can create interrelationships with each other and create value for each other."

Hanna said Christians are called to evangelize the business community. "Those blessed with grace and the truth must help those in business define the real bottom line," Hanna said. "The real bottom line is the

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