Jeanne E. Schmelzer, CFRE, Executive Vice President

Jeanne Schmelzer is an executive vice president who provides strategic fundraising solutions to nonprofit organizations and institutions throughout California. With more than 40 years of experience, Jeanne is passionate about helping nonprofits reach their highest potential and is committed to making a positive and lasting impact in the communities she serves.

With NGA for over 25 years, Jeanne manages and implements successful multi-million-dollar capital campaigns, annual campaigns, and major gift fundraising programs for a diverse range of clients. Recent projects include the NTC/Cygnet Theatre ($39 million campaign), City of Poway, Performing Arts Center, and Sunnyvale Community Services ($22 million campaign) and Poway Center for the Performing Arts ($9.5 million Study).  She also has extensive experience in board and staff development, fiscal management, long-range strategic planning, facility and program development, marketing and communications.

Jeanne’s professional excellence and service has garnered her numerous accolades. She received the 2016 Spirit of Carol Sigelman Award as the Outstanding Development Professional in North San Diego from the North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC), the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Award sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal, and 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter.

Jeanne is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has been an active Rotarian since 1991. She is a board member of AFP San Diego and currently serves as the president-elect for the North County Philanthropy Council Board and YMCA Alumni Board of the Marston Chapter as Campaign Chair for the Nation Service Project and  membership vice President.

Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from National University, San Diego and resides in Escondido, California.

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