Volunteer Spotlight: Linda J. Dixon, J63, F99
“Growing up in Medford, Tufts was always on my radar,” says Linda Dixon, J63, F99. “I was thrilled to get into Tufts—it was the right size, personality, and culture for me. I really flourished. That’s why I’m so loyal today.” Over the years, Linda has been an enthusiastic and steadfast volunteer for the university, having served as president of the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA), chaired or served on multiple TUAA committees, and participated in virtually every reunion committee of her undergraduate class. In 1992, Linda was hired as the university’s secretary of the corporation, a position she held for 17 years. When she retired in 2009, the trustees awarded her the prestigious Hosea Ballou Medal in honor of her service to the university.
These efforts are yielding results. Tufts is well on its way to reaching its campaign goal of adding 1,000 new members to the Charles Tufts Society, which recognizes individuals who have included any part of the university in their estate plans. Approximately 890 people have joined the Charles Tufts Society during the campaign so far. Many have found that now is a particularly convenient time to establish—or revisit—their estate plans, as they take on various projects while spending more time at home and as they reflect on priorities and what is especially meaningful in their lives.
Reflecting on her own experience, Linda enthuses, “It’s an honor to be a part of this legacy society. It tells you and the world that you’ve made a real commitment to Tufts. If you’ve already been making this sort of commitment all your life through the annual fund, this is a logical next step. Tufts has great resources to help you consider your options.” She also urges people who have already included Tufts in their estate plans to inform the university. “Sometimes, the university receives bequests without ever having known that Tufts was in the person’s plans. We would really like people to let us know so their gift can be counted in the campaign and Tufts can recognize and thank them during their lifetime.”
Linda is quick to tell people, “Planned giving is easier than you think. You don’t need to be wealthy and you’re never too young—or too old—to make a planned gift. Due to the variety of options available, a planned gift can help you achieve your financial objectives; have an income stream; provide tax savings; and provide financial support for the people you love. There’s nothing wrong with making a good business decision and helping Tufts at the same time!”