Philanthropic Advisor, Glick Philanthropies / As a Philanthropic Advisor, Ryan works across Glick Philanthropies’ initiatives, programs and organizations to develop and implement strategies that produce positive outcomes for the communities where Glick properties are located. Ryan also serves as a key conduit between Glick’s board, staff and community partners with the goal of maximizing the knowledge, skills and assets of all involved in the grantmaking process.
In Ryan’s 10 years with Glick Philanthropies, he has helped define, organize and prioritize its philanthropic focus areas, developed and implemented the grantmaking process for the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation, and launched the Far Eastside Success Initiative, a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. Ryan also works regularly with leadership team members to enhance Glick’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts and build strategic and operational alignment between the initiatives, programs and organizations within the Glick Philanthropies family.
Prior to joining Glick Philanthropies, Ryan worked in the for-profit, government and nonprofit sectors, enabling him to apply business acumen with an on-the-ground understand of what helps communities thrive. In addition to real-world experience, Ryan attained a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) with a concentration in nonprofit management from Indiana University and is highly-active in the Central Indiana civic community. He is a member of the Stanley K. Lacy (SKL) Executive Leadership Series Class XXXV, was name to the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) Forty under 40 list in 2017, and co-founded Giving Sum, a nonprofit organization focused on engaging young professionals in meaningful philanthropy.
In his work with Glick, Ryan is moved by teachers, caretakers and parents – especially single parents – that go to extraordinary lengths to give the next generation greater opportunity to reach their full potential.
“Gene and Marilyn Glick’s story embodies the American dream. They were fair, hardworking and lived lives focused on others. As a result, they left the world a better place. Their ethos and values continue on in the Glick family and company. It is a true honor to do what I can to keep their spirit alive for future generations,” Ryan says.
Ryan’s spare time is increasingly focused on parenting alongside his wife, Francesca – they welcomed their first son, Jack, in November of 2017. In addition, he loves to stay active through swimming, biking and running and work on projects including home renovations. Ryan also had a stint in high school and college as a bike mechanic, so if you ever need your tire changed, gears adjusted or bike tuned-up, he’s your guy.