An Inspirational Legacy: Secure the Free Library's Tomorrow—Make a Planned Gift Today

The Free Library of Philadelphia has been an integral part of our community for over 100 years. A planned gift to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation helps to ensure that the Library's engaging programs, in-depth resources, and critical services will be available for future generations to depend on and enjoy. The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation offers many planned giving opportunities, all of which can be tailored to meet your specific financial and estate-planning needs.

Planned gifts help grow the Library's endowment and can be designated to support a specific neighborhood library or program that you value. In addition, planned gifts can be an important tool for individuals who want to minimize estate, gift, and income taxes, and some planned gifts may also provide you and your loved ones with a guaranteed source of future income that you can depend on. In addition to significant tax benefits, planned gifts provide an ideal opportunity for you to support the Free Library more powerfully than you may have thought possible.

Please take a moment and explore the many different planned gift options that can support the Free Library to determine which may be the right one for you.

Thank you for considering such an important commitment.

Planned giving arrangements call for careful consideration and a complete assessment of your financial situation. Please consult with your attorney, tax advisor, or financial advisor about the application of planned gifts to your particular situation.

For more information, please contact The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at 215-567-7710 or

Donor Profile

Susan G. Smith is a longtime supporter of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and served on its Board of Directors during two separate appointments. She served as Vice Chair of the Board and held leadership positions on both the Executive Committee and the Borrowers' Ball Committee.

Dedicated to the Library’s mission of advancing literacy in our region, Susan made plans to ensure that the Library’s services will continue to benefit from her philanthropy by providing for the Foundation in her will. As a charter member of The Benoliel Society and Chair of the Library’s Planned Giving Advisory Council, Susan has been an advocate for growing the planned giving program and expanding it to include Charitable Gift Annuities to further secure critical support for the Library’s services and ensure that they are available for generations to come.