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Linda Mcneil

Nonprofit Consultant, Gaskill & Associates

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. She currently works as a nonprofit consultant for Gaskill Strategies.  Some of their clients include organizations Mid-South Food Bank, Page Robbins Adult Day Care, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Binghampton Christian Academy, Ballet Memphis, etc.

In addition to successfully achieving ambitious fundraising goals, she helped BRIDGES and MIFA launch their endowment campaigns.   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. She was also honored as one of the Tri-State Defender’s Women of Excellence in 2015.  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 currently serves as the board chair of Memphis Music Initiative, , is on the board of Collage Dance Collective and is a member of the Community Foundation’s Strengthening Nonprofits Grants Committee. She volunteers regularly for several local nonprofits and New Direction Christian Church, where she is a member of the choir. Linda is a trusted and valued mentor for many young women in our community. She readily shares her expertise and knowledge.