The inspiration for the establishment Ben Franklin Global Forum traces back to the 1990 Bicentennial Celebration of the legacy of Benjamin Franklin and to the establishment several years later of the Admiral Charles LeMoyne Leadership Awards Program. The Forum was created to provide funding for the design, development and implementation of programs that honor the legacy of Ben Franklin in the many fields and professions associated with one of the world's most remarkable personages.
Working independently and in partnership with distinguished regional and national organizations, the Ben Franklin Global Forum designs and implements outreach programs that promote the ideals of self-sufficiency, innovation and excellence in five designated areas:
In May of 2005, the Department of the Navy recognized the many contributions of the Ben Franklin Global Forum by presenting it with the Award of Merit for Group Achievement. The award was presented "in recognition and appreciation for the Forum's effort of superior merit which has resulted in high value and benefit to the Navy."
In ceremonies at the Pentagon, Secretary of the Navy Gordon England presented the award to the Forum's Chairman, Robert J. Daniels, with his thanks for "it's past and continuing support of the men and women of the United States Navy, and in particular, it's outstanding contributions to Naval Special Warfare".
In 2006, during ceremonies at the Pentagon, then Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England awarded Mr. Daniels the Superior Public Service Medal for "his personal leadership of the Ben Franklin Global Forum, for his selfless service and for his untiring efforts in supporting the men and women of the United States military."