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Financial Literacy Project

The Financial Literacy Project was created to help individuals with a cancer diagnosis understand and evaluate their finances in light of their current needs and the monetary issues they may incur. This free service provides information on financial products and assists cancer patients in choosing services that best suit their financial needs and can save you time and help eliminate worry.

The Financial Literacy Project can help you to make informed decisions and even offer a second opinion on options you are considering. As educators and advocates, the counselors of the Financial Literacy Project provide explanations to promote your financial comprehension and decision making.  Referrals, if requested, may be provided to financial professionals, insurance agents, attorneys, bankers and investment advisors.

A Financial Literacy Project representative is available weekly to meet with program participants through Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services. The Financial Literacy Project is an independent, not-for-profit organization, providing a confidential service for you and is available during any point in your cancer care. Think of it as a personal and confidential financial resource.

Our Services
The Financial Literacy Project's advisors offer help with many services including:

  • budgets
  • taxes
  • financial strategies
  • credit options
  • investing and insurance

How Does It Work?
The Financial Literacy Project will assign a personal consultant with financial expertise to help you navigate financial and investment options and choose ones that you may wish to consider for you and your family. Our volunteer advisors have spent many years in the financial services industry and provide you with unbiased, confidential advice.

Your personal volunteer will assist you in analyzing your present situation, explain options that you may wish to consider and provide you with background needed to make informed decisions. They will not sell you a product or service, but will instead help you understand the financial products or services you may wish to consider in response to your specific needs. If you require a referral to a financial or other professional, the volunteers of the Financial Literacy Project will be happy to help you make that selection.

How Do I Get Started?
To schedule an appointment to access the services of the Financial Literacy Project or for more information, call 215-829-6466. There is no cost or obligation to you.


"Pennsylvania Hospital makes no representations or warranties, and disclaims all representations, warranties and liabilities, with respect to any and all legal, financial or any other services, advice or representation of any kind and type whatsoever provided by the Financial Literacy Project. Pennsylvania Hospital shall not be liable for any direct, special, indirect, incidental, consequential, exemplary, extra-contractual, or punitive damages of any kind whatever, including, without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, or damages arising from any form of professional malpractice, which may or does result from the use of the services, advice or representation from the Financial Literacy Project."


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