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With Amanda Kennedy and Danielle Ripperton
Wed, September 27th | 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Event Description

Join YNPN RVA for our lunchtime career exploration and advancement seriesNonprofits at Noon!

Designed exclusively for young and early nonprofit professionals our “Nonprofits at Noon” series combines facilitated learning with peer discussion around critical challenges and barriers often faced by YP’s in the sector.

Our fall topic will be “Making the Right Moves: A Candid Conversation on Nonprofit Career Building” led by two well-known and respected local fundraising professionals – Amanda Kennedy and Danielle Ripperton.

You may be wondering, “how did I get into this position?” and “where is my career going?” or  “what should I do next?”. Danielle and Amanda will lead us in a thought provoking discussion on career building in the nonprofit sector.  They will shine a spotlight, in particular, on the fundraising profession and how to know when to make the next move.

What: Making the Right Moves: A Candid Conversation on Nonprofit Career Building

Who: Amanda Kennedy, Chief Advancement Officer, St. Andrews School and Danielle Ripperton, Director of Development, Peter Paul Development Center

When: Wednesday, September 27th, 12pm to 1:30pm

Where: Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St, Richmond, VA 23230

Bring: Feel free to bring your own lunch.

Cost: $10 Non-members, Free for Members (learn about Membership here)


Danielle Ripperton had no idea when she started as a work study in the University of Evansville’s advancement office nineteen years ago that it would lead to a life of fundraising. Working for a non-profit during and after college was the next catalyst. After obtaining her master’s, Danielle found her true calling: to fundraise for causes that enhance the lives of children. Returning to Evansville, Ripperton’s primary employment was as the Director of Development and Marketing and then Interim Executive Director for the Children’s Museum of Evansville. After moving to Richmond, Ripperton followed a calling to join the team at Peter Paul Development Center in August 2011 as the Director of Development. She feels blessed to have found Peter Paul, its students and families, the East End, and the incredible people who are involved in advancing Peter Paul’s mission.

Ripperton has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Management with a Business minor from the University of Evansville. She holds certificates from Indiana University’s Fundraising School and University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy. She is a member of the Central Virginia Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a Board member for the AFP Central Virginia Chapter and the James River Singers. Ripperton also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy.

Amanda Kennedy brings a unique perspective to non-profit career development and fundraising. You might say she fell into it and never looked back. It just felt right. 

With a GED in hand, she began her career in non-profit management at the age of 19 when she founded the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) in Great Barrington, MA. Following her 6 year tenure as executive director of the RSYP, she went on to college and helped start two empowerment programs. During college, she also served as the first research associate in Civic Engagement Office. After college she moved to California and worked in advancement research and served as director of development for the school of engineering and computer science at University of the Pacific. She has been in Richmond, Virginia for nearly 6 years and has served as Chief Advancement Officer for St. Andrew’s School for 4 years.

Kennedy holds Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration from University of the Pacific and a Bachelors degree in Political Science, with a concentration in political philosophy and democratic institutions, from Bryn Mawr College. She is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) and holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Today she serves as the president of AFP Central Virginia and is vice president of Project Yoga Richmond. She has a great husband, a beautiful dog and a cute baby named George. 

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