Franklin Templeton recognizes employees for community service in India and the United States

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Franklin Templeton

Every year since 2007, Franklin Templeton has recognized employees who make extraordinary contributions to their communities with the Harmon E. Burns Award. This year’s winner has had a profound impact on his community in New Delhi, India. The society also honored finalists in Hyderabad, India and Baltimore, MD for their community service efforts.

The award is named after longtime employee Harmon Burns, who worked for the company from 1973 to 2006, serving in several positions at the Northern California headquarters, including head of legal affairs and compliance, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors. He was a generous contributor to his local community, constantly giving to those in need. For example, he anonymously donated bulletproof vests to his local police station, gave away unused tickets to San Francisco Giants baseball games to children waiting outside the stadium, and sponsored employees during walk-athons and fundraising efforts.

Manmohan Singh Gandhi, Senior Sales Manager at Franklin Templeton’s New Delhi office, has won the 2021 Harmon E. Burns Award for his dedication and commitment to helping those less fortunate during the pandemic and improving the lives of marginalized people in the world. New Delhi community.

Manmohan is dedicated to helping the community in many ways, through the company’s Impact Days initiatives and his personal commitments to several non-profit organizations, including Gyan Shakti Vidyalaya, The Earth Saviors Foundation and Gurudwara Nanaksar.

During the pandemic, Manmohan and his wife, Preeti, provided food for families who had fallen ill and could not cook for themselves. For 10 days, they provided three meals a day. Manmohan assisted parking staff at the New Delhi office to ensure they had what they needed during the pandemic. He was in constant contact with those affected and provided them with assistance during the lockdowns, along with colleagues and friends.

Manmohan is attached to Gurudwara Nanaksar, a Sikh temple in Delhi that is home to over 50 monks. He and Preeti offer their prayers daily, provide food and clean utensils, and mop the floors of the gurudwara.

Alongside Manmohan, Franklin Templeton honored two other employees at a virtual awards ceremony earlier this month.

Lakshmi Doddapaneni, Hyderabad Department Coordinator, has been recognized for her longstanding commitment and contributions to the most vulnerable people in the Hyderabad community through a number of inspiring community projects.

Baltimore International Treasurer Gregg Gorman was recognized for his volunteer work with those affected by childhood cancer, inspired by his son Joe, who died of a rare form of leukemia the day after his 15th birthday.

About Franklin Templeton

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE: BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in more than 165 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better results through expertise in investment management, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the firm brings extensive capabilities in equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative solutions. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based firm has more than 70 years of investment experience and over US$1.5 trillion in assets under management as of 30 November 2021. For more information, please visit

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Jill E. Washington