Ryan Schlegel

Ryan Schlegel

Director of Research, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Ryan Schlegel is the Director of Research at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).

Before joining NCRP in April of 2014, Ryan worked at Cultural Tourism DC, where he nurtured a love for all things in the District, and at the University of Maryland’s student affairs division. At NCRP Ryan has produced research on family foundation grantmaking, nonprofit leadership development and a 10-year philanthropic landscape study. He also supports NCRP’s connection to the economic equity movement. He’s passionate about economic justice, RuPaul’s Drag Race and starting – but never finishing – books about history.

Ryan holds a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland and is a native of Columbus, Ohio.


Voices from the Field

The Power and Precedent of Countercyclical Grantmaking

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Ryan Schlegel

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted by HistPhil here and is re-posted with permission. What the Funders Who Gave More During the Great Recession Can Teach Philanthropy During the COVID-19 Crisis The first quarter of 2020 was one of the all-time worst for the global economy. US stock indices closed on March 31 having lost a fifth of their… Read More

Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Niki Jagpal, Ryan Schlegel

Leadership development is an integral component of any work that seeks to address long-standing structural barriers to sustainable change. We cannot succeed without substantial investments in leadership at the grassroots level, specifically among groups working to address rigid structural barriers to equity and creating sustainable change. … Read More

Families Funding Change: How Social Justice Giving Honors Our Roots and Strengthens Communities

Posted on October 23, 2015 by National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Niki Jagpal, Ryan Schlegel

Social justice grantmaking is an important part of many family foundations’ strategies. These foundations use their reputation and financial capital for systemic reform by funding work such as nonprofit advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement. Yet, many family foundations also encounter hurdles when they consider a shift to strategic social justice giving. This white paper examines the latest data to… Read More