The Morgan Franklin Fellowship (MFF) was formed with the mission of teaching how money works in real world situations – with real money. Our three-tier program introduces financial concepts and provides exposure to real-world investing. We provide these opportunities through financial literacy programs, mentoring and business opportunities..
Fundamentals of Investing
The curriculum defines the essentials of understanding and making real-life investments. Fellows are encouraged to work with mentors from the world of finance and business to gain valuable knowledge not learned inside textbooks or online.
Fundamentals of Business and Finance
- Advanced stock market investing
- Real estate investing (including commercial, residential, affordable housing and property management)
- Business and entrepreneurship
One Starfish Inspires the Journey
Everything that shapes and grows MFF is inspired by the journey of one individual, and sending that individual – or starfish – down the right path. Founder Peter Morgan believes that author Loren Eiseley’s short story below perfectly demonstrates the passion behind this project:
“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out, ‘Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?’
The young man paused, looked up, and replied, ‘Throwing starfish into the ocean.’
‘I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?’ asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, ‘The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.’
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, ‘But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference.’
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, ‘It made a difference for that one.’”