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 26 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), Meals on Wheels of San Diego ($15 million study), City of Poway, Performing Arts Center ($25 million study), Sunnyvale Community Services ($22 million campaign), and Armed Services YMCA ($5.5 million study and campaign). 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 and serves on a number of committees. She is a board member of AFP San Diego and currently serves as the president for both the North County Philanthropy Council Board and YMCA Alumni Board of the Marston Chapter.

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

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