Shannon Priddy is the Individual Giving and Annual Fund Manager at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. She graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and is originally from northern Illinois. After college, she became a flight attendant for Delta Airlines in Boston, MA. She retired in 2005 and started graduate school at Harvard University while working in retail management, and in 2008, she left Boston to transition into the Peace Corps, where she served in Armenia from 2009-2011. Her first fundraising position was as the Development Coordinator for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, of which she is a member, in 2011. Shannon changed jobs to KIB in March of 2014, and thinks Indianapolis is a great town for nonprofits and she loves seeing change and growth in the city!
1. What is your name?
2. How long have you lived in Indy?
I moved to Indy in October 2011. I didn’t know the city when I accepted a job here. The best advice I was given, and took, about moving to Indy was to live downtown!
3. Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector?
I believe non-profits can save the world, one person at a time. After developing my nonprofit management skills in the Peace Corps, I decided to combine my passions for customer service and non-profits as a fundraiser. I love helping people match their passions to change the world.
4. What would you say to another young professional considering a nonprofit job?
Take time to travel outside of your comfort zone and see things. It gives our lives and our jobs a bigger perspective. Be passionate about your work and find joy in it every day. If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.
5. If you could learn a brand new skill, what would it be?
I would like to learn how to sing in public. I can carry a tune but that’s about it.
6. If you were an inanimate object, which would you be and why?
I didn’t know how to answer this so I took two quizzes online. Both quizzes said I would be a lamp. Here it goes. I would be a lamp because they shine a light on things unseen. I like to learn new things and make the unknown less scary. If we don’t try, we’ll never learn.
7. What do you hope to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
Personally, I want to learn to play the guitar. Professionally, I am excited to work with and expand our planned giving program at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
Want to support Shannon's work?
This summer, August 15, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is excited to present our first Pedals, Prose & Places event! This event highlights community greenspace projects in downtown Indy neighborhoods, along bike lanes and greenways, infuse learning and literacy, and supports the work of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Check-in at the circulation desk at KIB’s headquarters, receive your library card (a detailed map of KIB greenspaces and pocket parks within Indy, organized into different reading genres), and plan your route according to your interests. On this self-guided bike tour, guest choose from topics, including: Science & Nature, History, Current Events, Religion, Children’s Lit, Cooking, Music, and tons more! Listen to orators, become a musician, interact with historians and artists as you travel from genre to genre, getting your library card stamped along the way (think choose your own adventure on bikes!) and partake in activities that inspires a love of creativity, nature and our amazing city!