Before Charnae McDonald became a fundraiser, she became a journalist to be involved in the community. Since she moved to Northwest Louisiana to pursue Broadcast Journalism, she has embraced her chosen home by changing careers to get closer to that goal — community.
Community is at the heart of everything she does. Charnae is involved with the Young Professionals Initiative, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomats, Be Bossier Blog, Step Forward and Celebration Church in addition to her full-time responsibility as the Communications Manager for United Way of Northwest Louisiana.
As a journalist, she had to develop a thick skin and report on events that were, at times, chilling. But it was these tough events that prepared her for her work in the nonprofit sector. While the emotional toll can be wearing, her satisfaction in being part of the solution as a professional fundraiser is far greater.
Last Year she was recognized as a top 40 young professional in the Shreveport Bossier area by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’ Forty Under 40 awards. In 2017 she was awarded Communicator of the Year by PRAL Northwest and named Chamberlain Scholar by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Charnae is a California native having grown up in the Central Valley. She currently lives in Bossier with her husband, Ben, and their pug, Rocco.