Recently, Hampton Roads said goodbye to a great and generous philanthropist of the community, Harvey Lee Lindsay, Jr. Many people knew him as the former president of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate or for his involvement with the Harvey Lindsay School of Real Estate at Old Dominion University. However as shared in his obituary, “he dedicated his life to doing good, lasting work in the community”.
Harvey spent most of his life serving on numerous boards, committees, and fundraising for local organizations and non-profits. Today, Eggleston would like to pay tribute to Harvey for the instrumental gift he gave to our organization which helped turn the tide for our organization’s future.
When Eggleston was started in 1955 by a group of concerned parents who were trying to find work opportunities for their adult children with disabilities, it did not operate as the traditional not-for-profit you see today; meaning Eggleston’s primary revenue sources were from the business services they ran and no public community donations. As the services continued to expand to include non-employment services such as residential, day programs, and programs for traumatic brain injury survivors it became clear that Eggleston would need to diversify their revenue sources to continue to serve the growing demand. So, Eggleston’s Board of Directors and senior leadership decided to expand their development efforts. Harvey Lindsay, Jr. was the first person to give a private major monetary gift to the organization. In fact, when he was approached by our CEO and board members about the gift, Harvey told them they weren’t asking for enough and gave Eggleston three times the amount they asked for.
Harvey’s gift set the precedence for approaching other potential donors in the future. Earlier this year, Eggleston completed its first ever capital campaign raising over $2.7 million dollars to help support their brain injury services programs and to start work on a future residential project. This capital campaign was led by Harvey’s son, Billy King, who is currently Eggleston’s Foundation Chair.
Through his time, talent and resources Harvey Lindsay, Jr. has touched many people and organizations in an effort to make this community he loved a better place for us all. We at Eggleston will be forever grateful to Harvey and his family for the legacy they are helping build for adults with disabilities.