Philip B. Lindy
One of Drexel University’s most inspiring philanthropic leaders, Philip B. Lindy fills each room he enters with a broad, mustached smile, kind eyes and friendly laugh. Any successful person can lend a hand to those in need, but Mr. Lindy’s is a hand people look forward to holding.
His long and fruitful career with Lindy Property Management, a third-generation family-run firm managing residential properties since the 1930s, has put his name at the forefront of Philadelphia’s property management and investment worlds. With his late wife, Annabel, he expanded the company throughout the city and surrounding counties, and today Lindy Property Management manages more than 39 communities and 3,960 apartment homes mostly throughout the Philadelphia community. Mr. Lindy’s sons, Frank and Alan, currently operate the company.
A 1952 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Lindy may appear to be an unlikely Drexel supporter, but he has found a home at Drexel and a strong ally in President John Fry. Their shared passion for engaging and assisting the community has solidified their relationship.
Already the namesake of Drexel’s Philip B. Lindy Inner-City Public School Program (Lindy Scholars), he also recently made a major contribution to name the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to reach his helping hand even further into the community. Established in 2003 as the Center for Civic Engagement, the center is part of the Pennoni Honors College. As one of the numerous relevant programs under the Lindy Center umbrella, the Liberty Scholars program, initiated in fiscal year 2009, matches 25 Drexel students with 75 middle school students each year for after-school tutoring and mentoring.
“Phil Lindy shares Drexel’s commitment to effecting positive change in this city,” President Fry says. “We aim to become the most civically engaged university in the nation, and Phil’s gift helps make this possible.”
With Mr. Lindy’s overwhelming support, the center has already begun boosting its civic engagement curriculum and creating an innovative research component. The center will facilitate national and international immersion programs and establish an Implementation Fund to help students form innovative solutions to community problems.
“Because of the Lindy Center, hundreds — even thousands — of Philadelphians’ lives will be made better,” Mr. Lindy says. “I’m just thrilled to provide the resources for a center that will become a model across the nation for universities and communities wanting to work together to improve their neighborhoods, their cities and our world.”
Mr. Lindy’s gift also will establish the Lindy Neighbors Program to optimize access to health and wellness education, to clean and renovate city playgrounds and to support better access to healthy foods, including the city’s Healthy Corner Store initiative.
“I believe Mr. Lindy has a great combination of ‘head and heart’ when it comes to civic engagement,” says Dan Dougherty, executive director of the Lindy Center. “He obviously is a bright man who understands the myriad issues, such as inequality in education or substandard housing or health care. But he also has a deep compassion for others. His kindness and enthusiasm come through in every conversation and every time he has the chance to interact with Philadelphians who benefit from Drexel’s programs.”
Mr. Lindy hopes his gift will inspire others to do whatever they can to improve the lives of those around us who have less and who deserve more. “I believe it is our responsibility to leave this world a better place than it was when we came into it,” he says.