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  • Writer's pictureAlana V. Allen

Episode 1: How They Grew Their Nonprofits? Sustainability

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Learn how one executive director went from Zero dollars in her budget to fully funded...

Alana Knows Nonprofits presents "

How They Grew Their Nonprofit? A Conversation Series with Nonprofit Founders. This virtual event took place on Thursday, July 16 via Zoom.

Alana V. Allen interviewed Charlene Gladney, Founder and Executive Director of Operation XCEL. This was an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to learn how to sustain their organizations and received advice from a seasoned nonprofit director.

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Charlene Gladney's Biography

Charlene is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. She continued her studies at North Carolina A&T State University where she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. Following her time at NC A&T, Charlene moved to Rochester, New York, where she began her career at Xerox Corporation. She spent 20 years in various corporate positions ranging from systems design to project and people management. She also volunteered as a tutor, mentor, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. In 2007, Charlene took a leap of faith and entered the nonprofit world as executive director of Operation Homework, now Operation Xcel. As a nonprofit executive she has completed certification through the Nonprofit Management Institute and The Executive Director Academy. She has also been certified in the afterschool sector by NCSU and the NC Center of Afterschool Program completing the Leadership Fellowship Program.

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