Former Sarasota Memorial Hospital Foundation President and CEO Brings Over 35 Years Philanthropic Experience to Sarasota YMCA
[SARASOTA, Fla. October 10, 2016] – The Sarasota YMCA Chairman Fred Jacobs announced today philanthropic professional; Alexandra Quarles is assisting the Sarasota YMCA in building an internal fundraising organization. Ms. Quarles will focus on internal structure, including building the development team, creating methodology and pairing new donors to the Y’s mission. Most recently, Ms. Quarles served twenty two years as the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer.
In making the announcement, Mr. Jacobs stated, “This is an exciting time for the Sarasota YMCA as we build our internal fundraising organization.” He continued, “Alex Quarles is a highly respected member of the philanthropic community and she brings vast experience to our organization.”
Ms. Quarles is a thirty five year member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) serving as President of both the Suncoast and Southwest Florida chapters. She earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credentials in 1986. She has served as a featured speaker and trainer at International, Regional and Chapter conferences for AFP and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).
Alex Quarles is an alumnus of the University of Tampa and Indiana University. She has served on numerous statewide and regional committees including Leadership Tampa, Leadership Tampa Bay, the Executive Committee of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and is a past chair of Leadership Florida. She is a Founding Member of the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council and a member of the International Biographical Centre of Men and Women of Distinction. She is one of the original designers of the Donor Bill of Rights. In 1997, she was honored as Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Southwest Florida Chapter of AFP.
About Sarasota YMCA:
THE SARASOTA YMCA is a nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information visit sarasotaymca.org or call 941.951.2916.