This I Believe: Philadelphia

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This I Believe: Philadelphia, our latest book, contains 30 essays from a contemporary This I Believe series that aired on public radio station WHYY, and 30 from Edward R. Murrow’s original radio series, which began as a local Philadelphia series on then-CBS affiliate WCAU.

Among the contemporary essays in the book are those from Liz Dow, President and CEO of Leadership Philadelphia; Helen Cunningham, Executive Director of the Fels Fund; Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Frank Fitzpatrick; James Harris, president of Widener University; U Penn Chaplain Dr. Charles Howard; Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson; Mayor Michael Nutter; and attorney Sozi Tulante.

From Murrow’s 1950s radio series, we will include essays from prominent Philadelphians such as Walter Annenberg, Editor and Publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer; Cyril Fox, President of Fels & Co.; Paul Comly French, Executive Director of CARE; author Edith Hamilton; Lewis Hoskins, Executive Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee; Olympic Gold Medalist John B. Kelly, Sr.; Anthropologist Margaret Mead; Author James Michener; John Nason, President of Swarthmore College; stockbroker Theodore Roosevelt III; Sculptor Eliza Thayer; and Gilbert White, President of Haverford College.

You can order autographed copies of the book at a discounted price from our online store by clicking here.

How You Can Help

Our non-profit organization is seeking donations of any amount to help cover the costs of producing the book ($10,000). So far, we have already received pledges of $4,000 from several anonymous donors with Philadelphia roots, so we only have $6,000 to go! To inspire your support of this project, we have created a series of giving levels which will entitle you to certain benefits:

  • For a $15 donation, we will send you a copy of the This I Believe: Philadelphia eBook (in iBooks format only)
  • For a $25 donation, we will send you an autographed copy of the This I Believe: Philadelphia book
  • For a $50 donation, we will send you an autographed copy of the This I Believe: Philadelphia book and thank you on the This I Believe website
  • For a $100 donation, we will send you a copy of the autographed book, the eBook, and thank you on the website
  • For a $250 donation, you will get all the above plus a USB drive filled with mp3 files of seventy-five 1950s This I Believe essays from Philadelphians
  • For a $500 donation, you will get all the above and be our podcast sponsor of the week
  • For a $1000 donation, you will get all the above and be our podcast sponsor for two weeks

To make a donation, you can either click here, which will take you to an online donation form (where you should reference “This I Believe Philadelphia” in the Notes field), or you can mail your donation to:

This I Believe: Philadelphia
This I Believe, Inc.
323 West Broadway
Suite 503
Louisville, KY 40202

Please make checks payable to This I Believe, Inc. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows. Thank you for your support!