Donor Profiles

  • Raymond Fay

    Sometimes the most generous gifts come from the most unexpected places. Raymond Fay was a high school science teacher in North Philadelphia who made a modest salary—never more than $11,400—and led a very private, quiet life. He was a humble man who lived frugally and didn’t own a car or a telephone, but he read more than 16,000 books in his lifetime, most…

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  • Graham Finney

    Libraries have played a significant role in Graham Finney’s life, from exploring books as a child in his local library to doing research and writing these days at the Free Library of Philadelphia. This year, he decided to strongly support the Free Library by making a bequest to the Free Library Foundation through his estate. “My planned gift is an investment in…

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  • Susan G. Smith

    Susan G. Smith is a longtime supporter of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and has served on its Board of Directors, through two separate appointments, since 1995. During that time she has 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…

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