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Gina Schmeling


Gina is an experienced fundraising professional with skills in individual giving. She has specific knowledge of Jewish philanthropy, membership campaigns, LGBTQ+ equality, youth leadership, climate, and social justice projects – and has managed record-breaking campaigns.

She started her career at NPR in Chicago and New York (WBEZ, WNYC), and was Director of Membership at the national office of the ACLU on 9/11. Gina worked with the first version of Salesforce for nonprofits. With a focus on social justice, she has worked at UJA Federation on the Capital Gifts team, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Hazon (now Adamah), and AJC. She consults with nonprofits and synagogues.

Gina has always wanted to change the world and is committed to fairness, equality, and Jewish identity. She has served on the boards of Hannah Senesh Community Day School, the New Shul, and Eden Village Camp where she was also involved in strategic planning. For four years, she was a co-organizer of the Nonprofit Tech Community’s New York chapter.

She has consulted with Vera Institute of Justice, Healthy Schools Campaign Chicago, Public Policy Lab Brooklyn, Congregation Beth Elohim, and Lab/Shul among others.

Joining ALTRUICITY in 2023 reunited Gina with Jessie Katz and Miriam Leichtling, who were Hazoniks together. She is proud to work with organizations making the world more healthy, vibrant, and safe for all people.  

Gina enjoys running, walking, swimming, reading, and seeing movies outside. Live theater, art exhibits, travel with family, and long discussions with friends are true delights. Her summer is not complete without a swim in Lake Michigan. With family in many countries and interesting cities, she is lucky to visit so many wonderful places.

A Chicago native, and Brooklynite for decades, she is a distance runner and a member of Prospect Park Track Club. She is a Masters level runner who has run many marathons. Gina lives in Downtown Brooklyn with her husband Alani, a lawyer and scholar who is the child of a Holocaust survivor and Bielski partisan. Their two kids are day school graduates, now in college and high school. She has degrees from New York University (MA) and Stanford University (BA with Honors) and was a Critical Studies fellow at The Whitney Museum. She is currently enrolled in NYU Wagner School’s Executive MPA program.


ACLU optimized monthly donor program

WNYC pilot-tested CRM

UJA Capital Gifts secured funding for It Starts with Camp campaign

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah record-setting High Holiday Campaign (2021)

AJC record-setting event, Herbert H. Lehman evening (2022)

Hazon cultivated a new six-figure gift for a scholarship fund

The New Shul created and delivered the first Kol Nidre appeal to the community

Quoted in Beth Kantor and Aliza Sherman’s “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit” on creating active and balancing moments at work

Years Experience: 25


Media, Broadcasting

Civil Rights


LGBTQ+ Rights

Jewish Overnight and Day Camps

Synagogue Fundraising

Youth Leadership

Support Programs for Elders

Jewish Identity


Nonprofit Tech Conference presenter

Darim online contributor

AFP New York presenter

JCamp 180 presenter

Whitney Museum fellowship

Many broadcast pitches during fundraisers on WNYC and WBEZ


Appeal Writing

Data Analysis & Donor Trends

Capital Gifts

Special Campaigns

Direct Response

Digital Communications

Annual Fundraising Plans

Major Gift Stewardship and Prospecting

Board Cultivation

Grants and Foundation Partnerships