Featured Profile: Alex Huebner
This month, you’re introduced to Alexandra Huebner. She’s the newest Fundraising Innovation Consultant at hjc.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
When I’m not working, I like staying healthy and exploring different neighborhoods of Toronto on my bike. I also love to travel and would like to do a few more mountain summit treks for charity. As a student, I trekked to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in support of youth employment programs in India and Nepal.
You came to hjc from Sunnybrook. What was your role there?
I fell into my fundraising career looking to make some bar money as a student caller at the University of Waterloo alumni office. Since graduating, my fundraising roles have been diverse and great training for integrated fundraising.
At Sunnybrook, I was the planned giving development associate and worked on cleaning up open estate files and increasing internal program awareness. Prior to that position, I worked in alumni affairs and nutraceutical sponsorships at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
What drew you to persuing a consulting role?
I like to solve complex problems and use my non-profit experience to help clients’ programs grow and see community engagement expand. I took a class on social innovation at university and it ignited my interest in seeing the combination of business growth and resourcefulness mixed with community improvement and social services.
Can you offer a piece of advice for fundraisers who are eager to make the switch from working for a charity to becoming a consultant?
This job is fun as you’ll get to work on a variety of digital fundraising campaigns and will always be learning about new digital platforms for community engagement. You have to have patience at the same time to teach others how they can maximize their online presence and how to measure success.
What’s this we hear about a startup you’re working on?
In addition to fundraising, I am working at a real estate brokerage called UnRealty Inc. It’s a start-up through Ryerson University and the company has a great customer cash-back business model (not to mention great sales agents).