Alex Fischer

Alex Fischer is the Senior Development Manager at US Squash, a position which she began in September 2014. Before assuming this role, she lived in Phoenix, Arizona and worked in children’s healthcare organizations, most recently with a nonprofit organization called Feeding Matters.


Tell us about the work that you do?
US Squash is the national governing body for the sport of squash. The organization not only manages tournaments, certifies coaches, and coordinates national rankings, it has a mission to enhance people’s health and well-being by increasing participation in squash. Arizona does not have a large squash community so my knowledge of the sport was limited. After one session on the squash court however, I understood how squash enthusiasts develop such a passion. It was named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s No.1 healthiest sport and therefore has the ability to transform lives through health and fitness. My role within the organization is to work with existing and potential supporters to continue building lasting relationships in order to sustain and grow the sport. I do this by leveraging the committed board of directors and staff who have built long-standing partnerships over the organization’s 110 year history.

Why did you choose a field in fundraising?
I was fortunate to study Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University and upon graduation applied for a coordinator position with a children’s respite and hospice home called Ryan House. I was drawn to the development side of the work I was doing and quickly began taking on more responsibilities. As a grassroots organization, I was able to be involved in both administrative tasks, as well as very high-level planning for the organization’s future. I continue to enjoy development because I meet so many passionate people who care about worthy causes.

Tell us about your experience with the AZ chapter of AFP? Were you a volunteer?
My involvement in the Arizona chapter of AFP was focused on participating in as many professional development offerings as possible. As a team member in a small development department, I was able to write foundation grants, work directly with individual donors, compose government proposals, and secure corporate sponsorships. Asks to each of these audiences were required to be so different from one another and my involvement in AFP helped me tailor my communications for maximum funding success.

What are you hoping to get out of your membership with the NYC-Chapter?
Being a brand new transplant to the city, I am hoping to gain a network of colleagues working in the nonprofit sector. In Arizona I was fortunate to have a large network of professionals to call on for advice and ideas. Through my membership with the NYC Chapter, I hope to learn more about the robust philanthropic community in New York.

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