Donor Honor Roll

The Franklin Institute would like to thank the following donors for their generous support in 2021, enabling the Institute’s mission – to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology – to be shared with millions of people here in the Philadelphia community and worldwide through our online and national science education network programs. 


Learn more about the impact of giving to The Franklin Institute.

View the 2021 Year in Review Report PDF

Many thanks to the following corporations, organizations, and government entities for their generous unrestricted, special project, and sponsorship support, and to those who match contributions from their employees:

$250,000 or more
Bank of America
FMC Corporation

$100,000 to $249,999
The Boeing Company

$25,000 to $99,999
Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld 
Educational Opportunities, LLC
Essential Utilities Inc.
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund
Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages LLC
Merck & Co., Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Ollin LLC
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
PNC Bank
REACH Cyber Charter School
SAP America, Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
UGI Corporation
Unilog, Inc.

$20,000 to $24,999
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Elliot's Vending Company, Inc.
FS Investments
Lockheed Martin
Quaker Houghton

$15,000 to $19,999
Brown Brothers Harriman Co.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Ernst & Young LLP
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Temple University
Utility Line Services, Inc.

$10,000 to $14,999
Abington Neurological Associates
Comcast NBCUniversal
Deloitte LLP
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Frog Commissary
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Leadership Solutions, Inc.
Moelis & Company
The Moody's Foundation
Origlio Beverage, Inc.
PharmaCadence Analytical Services, LLC
RBC Capital Markets
The Satell Institute
Steven Goldberg Consulting, Inc.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Penn Engineering
Wells Fargo

$3,000 to $9,999
Arkema Inc.
Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
Barclay's Investment Bank
Blank Rome LLP
Burns & McDonnell Foundation
The First National Bank of Elmer
Fulton Bank
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
LaFata Contract Services
Mid Penn Bank
NJM Insurance Group
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Riggs Distler & Company, Inc
Sautter Crane Rental
Seubert & Associates, Inc.
Southco, Inc.
Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young, LLP
Tozour Energy Systems
Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

$1,000 to $2,999
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Christiana Care Health Services
Elliott-Lewis Corporation
FCM Hospitality
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Mondre Energy, Inc.
New Jersey Resources
The Philadelphia Contributionship
Raytheon Company
SS&C Technologies, Inc.
Stevens & Lee
TE Connectivity

Matching Gifts

Exelon Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Lincoln Financial Group
Merck & Co., Inc.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
United Way of Midland County 
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey 
United Way Worldwide

Many thanks to the following individuals and foundations for their generous unrestricted, special project, and sponsorship support:

$100,000 to $999,999
David and Hallee Adelman
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck
The Michael and Maryann Camardo Foundation
CLAWS Foundation
Fralic Family Fund
Otto Haas Charitable Trust
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lynch
The Danaher Lynch Family Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Donald E. Morel, Jr. 
Marvin Samson Foundation
Ed Satell and the Satell Family Foundation
Schwab Charitable
The William Penn Foundation

$25,000 to $99,999
Michael Barry and Patricia Bartlett
Donald E. and Hana Callaghan
Dev and Swati Chanchani
Mr. Terrence Curtin
Delphi Project Foundation 
Tobey and Mark Dichter
Ms. Dana Dortone and Ms. Stephen Esser
Larry Dubinski and Vicki Markovitz
Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Hess Foundation, Inc.
Home for Orphans of Odd Fellows of Pennsylvania
Elaine Levitt
Sandy and David Marshall
Chris and Linda McIsaac
Patriarch Family Foundation
Poor Richard's Charitable Trust
Judith Quigley Ruse
Mr. David Seltzer and Mrs. Lisa S. Roberts
L.N. Skye 
Andrea Anania Stewart
Michael and Bridget Subak

$10,000 to $24,999
1830 Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Vince Amatulli
Ayco Charitable Foundation
Mr. Suchit Bachalli
Mr. Peter A. Benoliel and Ms. Willo Carey
Mr. Joel A. Bernstein
Ms. Suzanne F. Boda
Renee Booth
The Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation
Anthony and Tara Bucci
Elia D. Buck
Thomas A. Caramanico
Dr. and Mrs. Vinton G. Cerf
The CHG Charitable Trust
Mr. and Mrs. Peter K. Classen
Ian and Marci Comisky
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Carmel and John Dorsey
Dranoff Family Foundation
Ms. Annie Duke
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Fries
Ms. Elizabeth H. Gemmill
The Genuardi Family Foundation
The Goldblum Family
The Gordon Charter Foundation
Martyn and Grete Greenacre
Mr. Michael Greenly
Mr. Sam M.V. Hamilton, III
Anne and Matt Hamilton
Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Havens
The Horner Foundation
Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation
Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Kelly
Mr. James Joo-Jin Kim, The James & Agnes Kim Foundation, Inc.
Charisse R. Lillie, Esq.
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Ira Lubert and Pam Estadt
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Mrs. Seymour G. Mandell
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. McCabe IV
Tom and Linda McCarthy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. McMenamin
The Merz Family Foundation
Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation
The Moore Family
Mr. Jason Morganroth
MOSI Foundation
Mrs. Agnes Mulroney
Mr. and Mrs. Denis P. O'Brien
Drs. Bonnie and Paul Offit
Dr. Guy Padbury
The Gandhi Pawaskar Family
Jay and Gretchen Riley
Mr. Quentin L. Roach
Roberta and Ernest Scheller, Jr.
Mrs. H. David Seegul
Shanahan Family Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Joan N. Stern, Esq.
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Unruh
Ian Wright and Sheila Marie Brown
Sharon and Harold Yoh
Mr. Matthew Zelesko
Dr. Karen P. Zimmer
Zisman Family Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999
Ms. Ann Aerts and Mr. Keith Dalton
Mr. Daniel Amoroso
James and Janet Averill
Sandra K. Baldino
Dr. and Mrs. Allen M. Barnett
Myron and Sheila Bassman
Dr. and Mrs. Wade H. Berrettini
Heather and Fritz Bittenbender
Maureen Brennan-Miller and David J. Miller
Mrs. Barbara Brodsky
Julian A. & Lois G. Brodsky Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Jay H. Calvert, Jr.
Barbara R. Cobb
The Comisky Family Foundation Trust 
The DeSimone Family Fund
Ms. Barbara Eberlein
Mr. and Mrs. William Fenner
Mr. Christopher Franklin
Patsy and Ed Garno
Toni and Bob Garrison
Stuart and Suzanne Grant
Dr. Janet F. Haas and Mr. John O. Haas
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Henriques
I Could Do Great Things Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Innocenzo
Dr. and Mrs. Irwin M. Jacobs
Dr. Frances Jensen and Mr. Jeff Berry
Molly and Ken Lawrence
Drs. Mary and Donald Levick
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Linneman
The Lung Family
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. McAtee
Neubauer Family Foundation
PNAA Foundation
Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman
Mr. and Mrs. R. Anderson Pew
Christina L. Sterner and Steve Poses, The Don Falconio Memorial Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Clair M. Raubenstine
Louise H. Reed 
Gilroy & Lillian Roberts Charitable Foundation
Mr. Michael J. Robinson, Jr.
Mr. Joel C. Shapiro and Ms. Carolyn Hartman
Sprague Foundation, Inc.
Heidi Stam
Robert and Margaret Swayne
Barbara Mozino Seegul and the Peter S. Mozino Foundation
The Seligsohn Foundation
The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Trucksess
Judy and Ken Weinstein
Suzanne Welsh 
Darryl Williams, Ph.D.
Jerry Wind
Zeldin Family Foundation

$3,000 to $4,999
Zachary and Elaine Andrus
Flying Angels, Bob and Margie Bacheler
Mark and Ann Baiada
Sherrin H. Baky-Nessler and William Nessler
Lawrence H. and Julie Berger
James and Doris Brogan
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Buckley
Carol and Bruce Caswell
Dave and Marilyn Cragin
Rhoda and Michael Danziger
Pamela C. Doggett
Kevin and Betsy Donohoe
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Egleston
Helen H. Ford
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Freundlich
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Gerrity, Jr.
Mitch and Julie Gerstein
Christine Hainey and Christopher Bartolo
Mr. William M. Hawk III
Jane and Paul Heintz
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Holt
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Hudson
Mrs. Rosedale Hymerling
Diane and Brian Kitson
Susan and Leonard Klehr
Drs. Thomas and Judith Leist
M.R. Metzger Family Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Maslow
Mr. Tim McKenna
Dr. and Mrs. William D. Mestichelli
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Millner
John and Judy Mills
Ms. Susan P. Mucciarone and Mr. David M. Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey E. Needleman
Dr. and Mrs. Homayoon Pasdar
The Philadelphia Foundation
Richard D. Rabena
Rebekah Sassi and Kirk Berlenbach
John and Dee Sickler
The Sidewater Family Foundation
Paul Sucro
The Mill Spring Foundation
Dr. S. Jay and Gail Turley Hirsh
Rosalind Williams

$1,350 to $2,999
Daniel A. Abramowicz and Mary Lou Kerwin
Stephen S. and Carol T. Aichele
Mr. and Mrs. David J. Allon, MBA
Erin Armstrong
Robert Averbach
Andria and Jonathan Ayer
Martha and Al Barron
Victor M. Bearg
Ms. Catherine Beath
Mr. and Mrs. William Bonner
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon M. Bonovitz
Mr. and Mrs. C. Barton Bronk
The Brousseau Family
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Buck III
Gus and Jenny Rose Carey
Dr. Lauren A. Carr
Louis N. Cassett Foundation
Mr. David Chandler
Kerri and Geoffrey Cook
The Cuker Family
Alice B. Cullen
Anne C. Dearden
The DiBona Family Foundation
Kevin Duffy and Georgette McAuley
Louise Duffy and Gus Dias-Lalcaca
The Edelstein Family
The Eden Charitable Foundation
Drs. Bruce Forman and Joy Weinstein
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gale
The Gentile Family
Dr. Scott Goldman and Dr. Maryalice Cheney
John and Megan Grugan
Eric Hafler
The Harry and Catherine Halloran Family Foundation
The Hassel Foundation
Mrs. Barbara Hauptfuhrer
Linda and Bryan Hauptfuhrer
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Headman
Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Hill III
Mr. William J. Hill
Mrs. Lynn K. Hitschler
Lynne and Harold Honickman
Margie and Jeffrey Honickman
The Honickman Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Horner
Mr. and Mrs. Garrick Hudson
Lesley Ann Hughes
Siobhan Keefe
Mrs. Martha C. Kerns
Mr. Walter Carl Kinzinger
Kenneth and Elaine Kirby
Mr. Joshua Klein
Kenneth Kleinman and Debra Fein
Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Kovach
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell B. Kowal, Jr.
Jacqueline and Eric Kraeutler
Drs. Mark and Sandra Kryder
Justin Land
The Landon Family Foundation
Ned S. Levi and Frances S. Levi
The Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Catalina and James Loveman
John Makara and Katherine Patterson
Stephen and Nicole Marshall
Rachel and James McLaughlin
Joseph Megara, DPM and Adilia Megara
Handsel and Karen Minyard
Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Mirabello
Diane Myer and Olivia Myer
Steve and Karen Nagel Kamp
Paul R. Nemeth and Jean Flood
Ms. Deborah Nemiroff
Ms. Sara D. Nerken
Drs. Elissa Newport and Ted Supalla
Dr. Lisa Nocera and Dana Newbauer
Travis Parchman
Lanny and Ann Patten
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Philips
Dr. Joel and Bobbie Porter
John A. and Margaret Post Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Powell
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Puzo
Dr. Nina Radcliff
Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc.
Mr. Hershel J. Richman and Dr. Elizabeth R. Richman
Rittenhouse Foundation
The Rizzo Family
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Roller
Nancy and Randy Ronning
Robert N. Roop, P.E. and Katherine Kay
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan B. Rorer
Eric Rugart
Joyce Seewald Sando
Matthew and Casey Anne Satell
Mr. and Mrs. Milton S. Schneider
Bruce and Sheila Schwartz
Paul and Susan Shaman
Elana and Brian Shaw
Stephanie Simmerman
Mr. Stephen Smith and Ms. Ellen M. Kurtz
Ann Sorgenti
Christine and Jonathan Stallkamp
Mary and William Stock
Melissa and Thomas Trala
Dr. and Mrs. C. Raymond Trout
Joyce L. Walker
John Waterbury and Christine Dearnaley
Juan and Bobbie Williams
Paul and Marcia Woodruff
Richard and Diane Woosnam
Mr. Joseph Zoll and Dr. Kathy Zoll
Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick Zumsteg

$1,000 to $1,349
The Abrams Family
Mr. George J. Ahern and Ms. Marge McEntee
Miss Elizabeth Asplundh
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Berman
Mr. John K. Binswanger
Kelli Morgan Buchan
Dr. Paris D. Butler, MPH
Susan W. and Cummins Catherwood, Jr.
Alice M. Dagit
Gerard Mainardi
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Dougherty, Jr.
Yamini Durani and Vijay Shankaran
Dr. George R. Fisher III
Mrs. Catharine Flanagan
Mr. Nick Floro and Ms. Kristina Veale
Alexandria J. Garrity
William Goldman Foundation
Joseph J. Hochreiter and Eileen G. Wachtman
Judith and Marcian Hoff
Jean Nerken Trust B.
Kyeshia Johnson
Marcia K. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. and Mrs. G. F. Jones
Joseph and Sharon Kestenbaum
Jane M. Kieser
Mr. and Ms. Aaron Krauss
Mr. William A. Loeb
Jane C. MacElree Family Foundation
Caryl Marcus-Stape
Mr. Martin Micklin
Amanda and Craig Muckle
Don and Julie Norman
Mr. and Mrs. Adolf A. Paier
Carol A. Raviola
Doug Raymond
Jessica Roche
Rorer Foundation, Inc.
Leonard M. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Ms. Cynthia D. Rugart
Stefanie Santo
The Tobin Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thompson III
Dr. Judith A. Todd and Dr. Stephen M. Copley
Alevtina Verbovetskaya and Philip Cristiano
Anna Whitesell
Lyn Wiesinger

The Innovators
Avi Asaraf
Mr. Lance Ballester
Michael and Alexandra Beach
Cheryl Blanzola
Gina Chestang-Paige
Janean Ciancia
Christine Cornish and Carl Stevens
Charles Cycon
Brian de Jesus
Mr. Nishant Desai
Elizabeth Di Berardino
Ms. Rhiannon Dillon
Peter H. Dilsheimer
Catherine Doyle
Mr. Jonathon Edmunds
Mr. Brian Flounders
Mr. Chris Fried
Laney and Roger Fries
Sarah Gitto
Polly Hayes and Joy Lesnick
Aaron Heck
Maureen Heisinger
Mr. and Ms. Graham Huff
Donna Hunt
Mrs. Kristi Hunter-Ryan
Mr. Ralph Jackson
Ms. Reisa Jonas
Joanne Kerollis
Brendan Kirk
Laura Kleinberg
Rashaad Lambert
Robert Lange
Reverend Megan LeCluyse
Mary Madewell
Samantha Madewell
Rebecca Malcolm-Naib
Denise J. Marshall
Mr. Daniel McArdle
Ms. Melody Morawski
Paul Neafsey
Mitchell Paul
Daniel Pompile
Ms. Stephen Rancour
Ms. Cynthia Reid
Ms. Liz Riepnieks
Mr. Jeremy Rothermel
Ms. Angela Ruffin
Daniel Santosusso
Catherine Senopoulos
Rebecca Senopoulos
Carole Shankin
Eileen Shea
Julia Shih
Ciara Smith
Mr. Scott Stone
Alyssa Thorsen
Rashana Trim
Joel Trout
Mr. Chris Turner
Mr. Nicholas Velgos
Thomas M. and Patricia W. Vernon
Constance Williams
Ms. Mackenzie Yoh

The Benjamin Franklin Legacy Society recognizes the following individuals who have made plans for a donation as part of a financial or estate plan:

Mr. Craig Abramson
Dr. and Mrs. Gary J. Anderson
Sherrin H. Baky-Nessler and William Nessler
Dr. and Mrs. Allen M. Barnett
Myron and Sheila Bassman
Victor M. Bearg
Ms. Catherine Beath
Mr. Peter A. Benoliel and Ms. Willo Carey
Dave and Marilyn Cragin
Joshua and Harshal Dear
Mr. Nishant Desai
Mr. John K. Desmond, Jr.
Larry Dubinski and Vicki Markovitz
Mrs. James J. Eberl
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Egleston
Master Ethan C. Flint
Drs. Barbara* and Len Frank
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Fries
Geoffrey and Tamara Garlow
Safron and Anna Yaworska-Petrushevych Yablonski 
Robert Gelsher
Drs. Joel and Marlene Goldwein
Bradley K. Gordon
Stuart and Suzanne Grant
Guilliam H. Clamer Foundation
Mrs. Barbara Hauptfuhrer
Jane and Paul Heintz
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hirsh
Ronald A. and Joyce S. Landon 
Mary Anne Lowery
The Maisano Family
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. McAtee
Edwin J. McSherry
Linda and Jeffrey E. Needleman
Mr. and Mrs. Ted W. Paroly
Kathleen and Edward* Pereles
Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Philips
Mr. Francis H. Rasmus, Jr.
Mr. Hershel J. Richman and Dr. Elizabeth R. Richman
Miss Ayanna Robinson
Robert N. Roop, P.E.
Leonard M. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Ed Satell 
Hal* and Ann Sorgenti
Linda Wallace, Esq.
John Waterbury and Christine Dearnaley
Mr. and Mrs. David R. White
Marisa Wigglesworth
Mr.* and Mrs. Robert G. Williams
Dennis M. Wint, Ph.D.
Paul and Marcia Woodruff
Ian Wright and Sheila Marie Brown
Debra Zellner, Ph.D.
G. R. Ziegler
Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick Zumsteg


Thank you to the following donors for their generous gifts in honor or in memory of loved ones:

In memory of Edwina Amoroso
Mr. Daniel Amoroso

In honor of Charlemagne Balane
Mr. Chad Hume 

In memory of Robert Bell
Robert D. Bell

In memory of Constance Benoliel-Rock
Mr. Peter A. Benoliel and Ms. Willo Carey

In memory of Gilbert Besser
Mr. Aaron Besser

In memory of Howard Brody

In memory of Franklin Bullock
Mrs. Kathleen Bullock  

In honor of Ajay K. Chanchani    
Dev and Swati Chanchani          

In honor of Larry Dubinski and Family     
Aaron Krauss                            

In memory of Lonny Eckert
Mr. David Chandler

In memory of Harry Feldman
Gilbert Silverman         

In honor of Lila Gleitman
Elissa Newport

In honor of Carl Hayne
Mr. Donald Kray                       

In honor of Benjamin Hebert
Jean Nerken Trust B.     

In honor of Felicia Jones
Mr. Jeff Brennan

In memory of Nicholas Karabots
Ms. Maripeg Bruder
Barbara Crits-Kelly
The Callas Family
Larry Dubinski and Vicki Markovitz 
Mr. David Goodman
Sharon, John, and Rosie Lapiska
Mr. Liam Lynch
Andrew, Kate and Kennedy McNulty
Ms. Joanne Agrian Mercer
Maria Panaritis 
Chris and Kathy Polites 
Dr. Broc and Mrs. Lerae Sandelin
Rebekah Sassi and Kirk Berlenbach
Janis Schmalzbach
Tom and Arlene Simunek
Mr. Raymond Sowden
Carl Stratton
Mr. Enno Tjalsma

In memory of Donald J. Kieser
Lisa Diewald

In honor of frontline providers Bruce C. Kinzinger, M.D. and Lena A. Kinzinger, R.N.
Walter Kinzinger

In Honor of Donald Morel
Ms. Mary Olsson

In memory of Gerald Plewes
Northrop Grumman Defense Systems
Dr. Tom Nakagawa
Fidelity Charitable

In honor of James and Kari Sannino
Ms. Rachel Aland

In honor of Casey Anne Satell
Margie and Jeffrey Honickman

In memory of William F. Schmidt, Jr.
The Eunice Circle of Lehman United Methodist Church

In memory of Richard D. Sims Sr.
Architectural Record
Mr. Max Campbell
Mr. Lawrence Moran
Ms. Erin Nantais
Mr. Ernest Overstreet
The Philly Mint - Die Shop
Mr. Huw Roberts

In memory of David Smith
Mrs. Harriet Nash

In memory of Valerie Wondolowski
Mrs. Carole Aspinall
Karen L. Hoffman 
Mrs. Harriet Nash
Ursula Tracy
William J. Wilhelm

In honor of Ian and Sheila Wright
Mrs. Kristen Kidd