Carnegie Society

Carnegie Society members are building a brighter city by inspiring reading, advancing learning and connecting our community.

A nod to Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropic leader responsible for building Nashville’s first public libraries and for laying the foundation with which NPLF’s efforts stand today, the Carnegie Society is an annual giving opportunity that supports the Nashville Public Library and its mission to provide education, literacy and equal access for all.

Our Carnegie Society members allow us, year after year, to create and sustain programs that change the lives of more than 600,000 Nashville residents. These programs help children and adults learn vital reading skills, inspire teens to explore technology in state-of-the-art spaces and bring the community together to hear award-winning authors, enjoy visual art exhibits and hear live music.

Become a member of the Carnegie Society and join a circle of civic-minded individuals dedicated to making our city a more vibrant, literate and connected place to live and work.

As a member of the Carnegie Society you will receive:

  • An invitation to participate in the Carnegie Society Book Club, an exclusive annual opportunity to discover and discuss great reads
  • Special invitations to unique Library Foundation events, such as our special library briefings, Salon@615 author talks and VIP receptions
  • A commemorative NPLF library card
  • Recognition in the Library Foundation’s Annual Report

Participation Levels

Benefactor: $10,000+
Patron: $5,000 – $9,999
Director: $3,000 – $4,999
Member: $1,500 – $2,999

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Carnegie Society Members

As of August 2017


Annual gift of $10,000+

Mr. and Mrs. Dierks Bentley
Mrs. William Cochran Sr.
Mrs. Irwin B. Eskind

Mrs. Martha R. Ingram
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Paisley
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart W. Speyer


Annual gift of $5,000-$9,999

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Bumstead
The Reverend Canon and Mrs. Fred Dettwiller
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Doolittle
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Samuel Johnson III

Mr. and Mrs. William B. King
Mr. and Mrs. Zulu Scott-Barnes
Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wahl


Annual gift of $3,000-$4,999

Mr. and Mrs. J. Barry Banker
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Clay Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Eskind
Dr. and Mrs. J. Brevard Haynes
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Neuss

Dr. and Mrs. Philip M. Pfeffer
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Rechter
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Stephens
Ms. Laura Anne Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Wood


Annual gift of $1,500-$2,999

  • Dr. Dave and Beth Alexander
  • Ms. Susan Adams Andrews
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Awh
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Bakker
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Balser
  • Mr. R.E. Baulch, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Baulch III
  • Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Baulch, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. David J. Baulch
  • Mr. and Mrs. John S. Beasley II
  • Ms. Barbara Bell
  • Ms. Miriam L. Bliss and Mr. Dwayne W. Barrett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Karl Braun
  • The Honorable Philip Bredesen and Ms. Andrea Conte
  • Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Brown Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Brown
  • Mrs. Iris W. Buhl
  • Dr. Wyeth Burgess and Mr. Edward Burgess
  • Dr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Burrus
  • Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cammack
  • Mr. Scott C. Chambers
  • Ms. Corey Chatis
  • Dr. and Mrs. James F. Conrad
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Cook Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cruickshanks Jr.
  • Mr. Carlisle R. Davis, Jr.
  • Ms. Caroline A. Davis
  • Mr. Karl F. Dean and Ms. Delta Anne Davis
  • Mr. and Mrs. William T. DeLay
  • Mr. and Mrs. Townes Duncan
  • Dr. Ruth Ross Edmonds
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eskind
  • Dr. and Mrs. Steven Eskind
  • Dr. and Mrs. William H. Eskind
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Ezell
  • Ms. Sara Finley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fisher
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gene Fleming
  • Ms. Beth A. Fortune and Ms. Debbie Turner
  • Mr. and Mrs. Keith D. Frazier
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frist
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Frist III
  • Mr. and Mrs. James W. Gaittens
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Galante
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Goad Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Gordon
  • Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hagood
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Haugen
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Hawkins
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery N. Haynes
  • Mr. and Mrs. James G. Hughes
  • Mr. and Mrs. David B. Ingram, Ingram Entertainment Inc.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Ivester
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clay T. Jackson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. Milton Johnson
  • Mr. and Mrs. William P. Johnston
  • Dr. and Mrs. Howard W. Jones
  • Dr. and Mrs. Will D. Kendrick
  • Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kirshner
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Knestrick
  • Ms. Leona M. Pratt and Mr. Neil B. Krugman
  • Dr. Kristine LaLonde and Dr. Claudio Mosse
  • Mr. Edward D. Lanquist
  • Ms. Patricia Lasher
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Lodge
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Lovett
  • Mr. Mark Magnuson and Mr. Steve Westfield
  • Dr. and Mrs. Raymond S. Martin III
  • Dr. Pat Matthews-Juarez
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ben May
  • Ms. Julia McCown
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. McNeely
  • Mr. Rusty Miller and Dr. Heather Fairbank
  • Dr. and Mrs. Chris Mixon
  • Mr. and Mrs. Tyson Moore
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Mosley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kent Oliver
  • Mr. and Mrs. Laurence M. Papel
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Pilkerton, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Portis
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus A. Puryear IV
  • Ms. Joan K. Raskin
  • Ms. Mary Raymond
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eric Satz
  • Mrs. J. Ronald Scott
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walter Searcy
  • Mrs. John Seigenthaler
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Sewell
  • Mrs. Joan B. Shayne
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan A. Shayne
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sherrard III
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Claiborne Sifford
  • Mr. and Mrs. Keith B. Simmons
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Lucas Simons
  • Mr. and Mrs. Overton T. Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. William T. Spitz
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Stein
  • Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Stringer
  • Drs. Rebecca and Michael Swan
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Tighe
  • The Honorable Aleta Trauger and Mr. Byron Trauger
  • Mr. and Mrs. James S. Turner Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Stephen Turner
  • Ms. Katy Varney and Mr. Dave Goetz Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Viner
  • Mrs. Brian Scott Walls
  • Dr. and Mrs. John S. Warner
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Warren
  • Mrs. Ted H. Welch
  • Dr. Jonna Whitman and Mr. Douglas B. Whitman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Whitney
  • Mr. and Mrs. Blair J. Wilson
  • Mrs. Martin Zeitlin
  • Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Ms. Lydia Howarth