The Shah’s Story

Generous donation aims to help and inspire others.

A GENEROUS DONATION to the Toronto Public Library by Dipa and Narendra Shah will help others achieve the success the Shah’s themselves have achieved, a success they attribute in part to the public library.

The Shahs credit libraries and reading with helping them develop invaluable skills such as reasoning, attention to detail, and the ability to analyze and form opinions on various subjects. Because of this, they wanted to give back to the library, specifically to the Fairview Branch, because Mr. Shah used the study facilities there extensively for more than three years to successfully complete his journey towards owning his own mutual fund dealership.

“Mr. Shah once told me that one of his guiding principles is that each person should look at the people around him to find out what difficulties they have and then help them,” says Library Foundation Associate Director, Community and Legacy Giving, Liza Fernandes. “And with this generous gift, that is exactly what the Shahs are doing. The Toronto Public Library, Toronto’s Library, is arguably the most successful community builder in Toronto and is already affecting great social change across our city.”
As an integral part of every community, Toronto Public Library fosters life, learning and culture in Toronto more than any other institution in our city – helping people with difficulties city-wide. Toronto’s library offers resources to every citizen, at every stage of their life; it welcomes newcomers with free resources to help them get settled into a new world and a new life. Gifts like the Shahs’ help to improve and expand collections, enhance programs and services, especially literacy and skill training programs, provide upgraded technology, and revitalize community spaces to respond to the changing needs of the people of Toronto.