Linda McNeil

A lifelong Memphian, Linda graduated LeMoyne-Owen College with a business administration degree and committed herself to working for the betterment of her community. She was first introduced to fundraising as a brownie scout, but began her professional fundraising career in LeMoyne-Owen College’s office of alumni affairs, where she spent seven years. Linda has served as the chief fundraiser for some of the city’s most noteworthy nonprofits – BRIDGES, MIFA and the Soulsville Foundation. 

In addition to successfully achieving ambitious fundraising goals, she helped BRIDGES and MIFA launch their endowment campaign.   She has made her mark on the fundraising community at large—she received the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2011 Crystal Award for Fundraising Executive of the Year. Linda is known for “her quick smile, no-nonsense attitude to raising funds, her charm, grace, brains, and hard work.”   

She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a graduate of New Memphis Institute’s Fellows and LDI programs and Leadership Memphis, a founding member of Opus One and Mei-Ann’s Circle of Friends for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, a member of Give 365 for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and she’s on the board of Collage Dance. She volunteers regularly with Memphis Prom Closet, and New Direction Christian Church, where she is a member of the choir.