National Thrift Week is an annual public education campaign from January 17-23. It seeks to bring together a broad coalition of citizen leaders who share an appreciation of thrift as the wise use of resources and a conviction that thrift is the friend of sustainable prosperity, broad economic opportunity, beautiful neighborhoods, and a healthy planet. A once-vibrant American social movement that started in 1916, National Thrift Week is both old and new.

In Honor of Rita Haynes

You are cordially invited to a luncheon and film screening with Mayor Michael Nutter, State Treasurer Rob McCord, and credit union pioneer Rita Haynes.
(Tuesday, Jan 21, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

See press release here.


This workshop introduces participants to four simple rules that can help them achieve financial independence.

1.) Work hard and honestly.

2.) Spend less than you earn.

3.) Give back as much as you can.

4.) Have a plan.

The rules are drawn from Benjamin Franklin's popular essay, "The Way to Wealth."

We have rewritten Franklin's principles for a contemporary audience-complete with real-life stories, evidence from the research, and practical tools including a Thrift Plan and Budget Worksheet.

The workshops are interactive, discussion-based, and involve a game element in which participants are given a character identity.

How can I host a workshop? We'd be happy to discuss this with you! We're easy to reach.

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Event Schedule 2014

Friday, Jan 17

Benjamin Franklin's birthday

Saturday, Jan 18

Thrift Crawl at Goodwill
(10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Thrift Talk at YMCA Y Achievers
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Tuesday, Jan 21

Way to Wealth workshops at People For People, Inc.
(9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Luncheon and Film Screening with Mayor Michael Nutter, Treasurer Rob McCord, and Credit Union Pioneer Rita Haynes
(11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan 22

Way to Wealth workshop at YMCA Y Achievers
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Thursday, Jan 23

Teacher workshop at Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Teaching Thrift: An Interdisciplinary Approach to a Historical American Ethic
(4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)


Institute for American Values, 420 Lexington Avenue, Room 300, New York, NY 10170-0399