Speeches/writings/interviews

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.



Hanna moderates economic justice roundtable

At the the Fourth Annual Napa Institute Conference this past July, Frank Hanna moderated the Roundtable Discussion on Economic Justice, which can be viewed here.

Themes for the July 24-27, 2014 conference included Economic Justice, Beauty and the Arts, and Reason and Faith.

The distinguished group of speakers and prelates who spoke, including James Cardinal Harvey, William Joseph Cardinal Levada, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Fr. Thomas Loya, Fr. Peter Cameron, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Dr. Tim Gray, Dana Gioia, Joseph Pearce, Dr. Stephen Barr and Curtis Martin.

 
Hanna promotes virtue in business

WASHINGTON — Business leaders should embrace virtues like solidarity and mutual dependence among their business partners, employees, customers and broader communities in order to bring wealth to everyone, a Catholic businessman said.

“As Catholics, we must not merely speak words like solidarity — rather, we need to think deeply about what they

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Hanna speaks at Eucharistic Congress

COLLEGE PARK, GA: With word, song, action and art, the speakers in the English track of the 2013 Eucharistic Congress inspired and informed the thousands gathered to listen and learn. The six presenters touched on the themes of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the importance of Scripture, the call to holiness and the role of Mary. Those

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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 Mater Verbi/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.

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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

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Frank Hanna discusses Mater Verbi Papyrus at Christendom College

When "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 Mater Verbi/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,

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Hanna addresses Atlanta Insurance Ministries Prayer Breakfast

Atlanta Insurance Ministries sponsors an annual Prayer Breakfast to help the love and grace of Christ touch its members in ways small and large. Frank Hanna's moving keynote address an be viewed by clicking HERE.

 
Philanthropy Roundtable celebrates givers

When Frank Hanna received the Simon Prize in 2007, he celebrated in his remarks the ability of philanthropy to serve as “truth funding.” Since then, he says, he has “become even more convinced of this premise,” and has concentrated his personal giving on exposing both children and adults to what he sees as fundamental, eternal truths. He has supported character education, funded Catholic and charter schools, and established programs at colleges and universities.

In recent years, Hanna has turned to cinema to bring ethics and eternal truths to even larger audiences. In 2011, he

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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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Hanna lecture at Lumen Institute

In his critically acclaimed book, What Your Money Means, Frank Hanna explains why you, in particular, have money... and delineates the three vocations of those who have money and are trying to leave a financial legacy. Yet a person’s legacy goes beyond money.

In this talk before the Lumen Institute Frank Hanna argues that marriage and family are a leader’s most important legacies, and he does not merely explain why that is, but also shows how to shield yourself and your family from the dangers inherent in wealth. This talk is practically insightful and philosophically cutting edge. Hanna gave it on October 1, 2010, at the Lumen Institute's Legacy of Leadership: 2010 Fall Leadership Seminar & Luncheon held at the Union  League Club in Manhattan.

Hanna's talk is entitled "On the Right Use of Money." You can watch it HERE.

 
Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership awarded to Frank Hanna

 The Call of the Philanthropist

Meet Frank Hanna, Winner of the 2007 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
 

On any given day, Frank Hanna will take a lot of phone calls. Most of the calls pertain to business; some, of course, are personal. And then, occasionally, there are times when the phone rings with a solicitation for charity. Oftentimes it would be a friend, calling to ask for a donation to a favorite cause. For years, Hanna would listen patiently, agree that the charity indeed sounded worthy, and offer a contribution. He tried to keep the transaction time to a minimum.

But these calls began to bother Hanna. It wasn't the money. Frank Hanna is a highly successful merchant banker in Atlanta. He could easily afford the donations. And it wasn't the time. He was good about keeping the calls short.

No, what bothered him was the haphazardness of it all. It seemed so scattershot, so directionless, that it was almost irresponsible. This, he realized, is not how I conduct my business affairs. Why should philanthropy be any different? He would often have occasion to recall F. A. Harper's

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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.

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