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FFRPL is the 501(c)(3) charity that raises funds, presents programssupports special projectshelps create specialized spaces, and purchases supplemental materials & equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

Evelyn Bailey ‘Shoulders to Stand On’ Endowed Fund

Established in 2022 by Evelyn V. Bailey (October 27, 1946 – July 13, 2022 )

LGBTQIA+ activist, educator and historian Evelyn Bailey spent decades tirelessly chronicling the struggles and achievements of Rochester’s active, progressive LGBTQIA+ community.

In the last year of her life, Evelyn partnered with Central Library and FFRPL to establish the Evelyn Bailey Shoulders to Stand On Endowed Fund, which will help provide staff and resources at Central Library to preserve and share the history of Rochester’s LGBTQIA+ community, through archival collections and programming.

Watch the 5-minute video of Evelyn Bailey’s wish for the FFRPL fund

Valentine’s Day Campaign 2024

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     We have a matching grant up to $10,000 for gifts received by March 31!

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