Our History


The Todd Baird Lindsey Devlin Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization formed by the generosity and commitment of four prominent Carlisle families.  Lemuel and Sarah A. Todd left a will providing for the formation of a Board of Trustees.  The mission of the trustees was to erect a home for elderly, indigent women of the Carlisle area, resulting in the Todd Home of 50 Mooreland Avenue being built in 1910.  Many women, and eventually men received care and support at the home for more than 70 years.  In 1983, the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home expanded to include a 120-bed long term care facility, and independent living apartments and cottages at 1000 West South Street in Carlisle.


In the early 1890’s the members of the Carlisle community had a vision to offer a charitable institution that would provide medical treatment to the poor.  Their vision came to fruition in April 1893 when the Hospital Wards of the Lydia Baird Home and Hospital were opened.  This eight bed hospital was funded by contributions of local citizens and businessmen.  In addition, the proceeds of a concert, including a performance by the Indian School Band were donated to the hospital.  The Baird Hospital was open for only three years when it was replaced by a new hospital with funds donated by Sarah Todd.  Mary Deborah Biddle then founded the Lydia Baird Home with a new purpose. Through her generosity, it became a home for elderly, indigent women.

By order of the Orphans Court of Cumberland County on March 21, 1984, the assets of the Female Benevolent Society of Carlisle and the Lydia Baird Home were transferred to the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home.  This agreement set up a separate trust, “The Lydia Baird Fund,” to support the six women that still resided at the Lydia Baird Home on East High Street.  They moved to 50 Mooreland Avenue on approval of the court petition.  The Lydia Baird Home still stands on the north side of East High Street today.


The Margaret Lindsey Memorial Fund was set up by the Kenneth Lindsey.  Margaret and Kenneth were residents of the Sarah A. Todd Memorial home and retirement community at 1000 West South Street.  They shared an independent living cottage together for many years.  Kenneth greatly appreciated the compassionate care that Margaret received during her final days in the nursing center.  Margaret and Kenneth never had any children and chose to bequeath their entire estate to the Sarah Todd Home to be used for care of the elderly.

These three bequests: Todd, Baird and Lindsey, plus the net proceeds of the sale of the properties at 1000 W. South Street and 50 Mooreland Avenue formed the Todd Baird Lindsey Foundation on December 1, 1997.  A volunteer Board of Trustees continues to administer these funds today.


On July 1, 2021 the foundation changed its name to include the last name of Michael Burke Devlin. This decision was unanimously decided by the committee’s board of trustees to honor the decades of work Devlin donated to the foundation over the years.

Devlin was born and raised in Belle Vernon, PA. Even as a student, Mike displayed special qualities and a propensity to serve others.  He was nominated “Lion of the Month” in December of ‘67 by his senior classmates, who chose him based upon the qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and service to his school and community.  He has been an active community participant in the Carlisle area since he moved to the area decades ago.   Devlin first joined the foundation in 1999 and continued to serve in three-year term increments. He served in various positions over the years including President, Vice President, and accountant.  In 2020, he chose to take a sabbatical while undergoing cancer treatment.

“The decision to honor Mike was an easy one,” said Executive Director Stacie Nickel. “Mike is an incredible guy who has given so much of himself for the benefit of the foundation and its mission. He has made the foundation what it is today, and we wanted to recognize this.”