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Handy Lindsey, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tuscany, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Every Great Leader Was First A Good Follower.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1952
Birth Location:
Leflore County, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tuscany, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Every Great Leader Was First A Good Follower.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1952
Birth Location:
Leflore County
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Biography

Foundation Executive Handy Lindsey, Jr. was born on March 24, 1952 in Louisville, Mississippi to Pearlie, a homemaker, and Handy Lindsey, Sr., a farm laborer. When he was six years old, his family moved from Louisville to St. Louis, Missouri where he attended first Dunbar and later Howard Elementary before graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1971. Lindsey earned his BA, AM and MBA. degrees from the University of Chicago in 1975 and 1980, respectively. After graduation, Lindsey served as assistant director for Chicago Community Trust. He also served as interim executive director for the East St. Louis Community Foundation in East St, Louis, Illinois. In 1988, Lindsey was appointed executive director of The Field Foundation of Illinois. He became the chief executive officer of the Field Foundation in 1997. The Cameron Foundation in Petersburg, Virginia recruited Lindsey to serve as its president and chief executive officer in 2004.

In 2003, the Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) established an award honoring Lindsey for his leadership and dedication in advancing racial and ethnic diversity and inclusiveness in the field of philanthropy. In 2003, Lindsey was awarded the 12th Annual James A. Joseph Lecturer on Philanthropy from the Association of Black Foundation Executives.
He is currently the Vice Chairman of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and has served as a board member for the Southeastern Council of Foundations and board chairman for the Donors Forum of Chicago. Lindsey was also vice chairman for the Association of Black Foundation Executives. Lindsey has over thirty years of experience in philanthropy, having served as principal architect and manager for three separate foundations. He has been featured in Ebony Magazine as a leader in his field. Lindsey completed his doctoral coursework at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration in 2000. He is married to Kristin R. Lindsey and has two adult sons, Josef and Marshall.

Handy Lindsey, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 10, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Handy Lindsey, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his parents' separation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about the origin of his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his father's reasons for fleeing Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his maternal family's migration to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers the Hillside neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers visiting museums in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his sisters' early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers the influence of his teachers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers the influence of his teachers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his academic experiences at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his decision to leave his mother's home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers his social experiences at St. Louis University High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls the start of his career in community service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls founding the Black Assistance Union in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls graduating from St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his experiences at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls his undergraduate mentors at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers John Hope Franklin and Edgar Epps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the relationship between the Woodlawn community and the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls working as a child counselor at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers his decision to pursue degrees in social work and business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about the recruitment of black graduate students at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls his graduate mentors at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers his peers during his graduate program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls the early years of his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about completing his graduate degrees at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls his start at The Chicago Community Trust
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers joining the Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his role as a loaned executive at the Associated Black Charities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his success with the East St. Louis Community Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls becoming assistant director of The Chicago Community Trust
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the history of black foundation executives in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the history of black foundation executives in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about the representation of African Americans among foundation executives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about the structure of philanthropic foundations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his role at The Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about relationship between foundations and community organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the community outreach at the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the criteria used to evaluate grant applications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls the technical assistance offered by philanthropic foundations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the highlights of his career at the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers the schools founded with grants from the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. recalls his transition to the Cameron Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. remembers the Algebra Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes the community of Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about the Cameron Foundation's needs assessment process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about the differences between Chicago, Illinois and Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Handy Lindsey, Jr. narrates his photographs