Approximately 30 years ago, Jeni Halliday made her first visit to Springfield College all the way from Texas. As fitness director for the YMCA of Greater Dallas, she was attending a fitness training session on campus.
Since that time she has founded her own private health consulting company, authored a book on weight management, and completed a doctoral degree in nutrition to complement her other two degrees in corporate fitness and exercise physiology. Halliday did not return to Springfield College until 2012 when she was being considered for membership in the board of trustees.
“I was very impressed with how the campus had changed since my first visit,” Halliday said.
Not only was Halliday added to the board of trustees but she is currently chair of the institutional advancement committee. Because of her reverence for Springfield College, with its mission so closely tied to her 30-year career in wellness, Halliday decided to designate a portion of her YMCA retirement fund to the College.
“I decided that when I’m gone, I want to continue to support the College,” she said, adding, “The world is a better place because Springfield College exists.”
Halliday notes that, “a legacy gift is the easiest money you will ever give.” It doesn’t require a lawyer or mounds of tedious paperwork. Unlike other legal documents, it is not irrevocable, meaning you can make changes should you need access to the money for any reason.
“Legacy giving ensures that once you are gone, you are still helping your children, grandchildren, and even the world at-large. You don’t have to be a trustee or an alum to make a planned gift, just the ability to appreciate what the people at Springfield College are doing, helping educate students in spirit, mind, and body. Who doesn’t love that?” she said.