Kelly Ryan

CEO, Incourage Community Foundation

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Funding / Investment

Incourage Community Foundation is committed to going 100% place-based impact investing through innovative opportunities.

Kelly, as CEO of Incourage Community Foundation, seeks to advance access to accurate information, opportunities to make informed decisions, and capacity to engage with others for self and community benefit in rural central Wisconsin. Guided by values of equity, inclusion, and opportunity, a physical manifestation of Incourage’s work to shape a strong and inclusive local economy is the Tribune Building. Concurrently with the Tribune, Kelly is leading the redesign of Incourage to connect all of its capitals in furtherance of its vision – an adaptive community that works well for all people. Kelly serves on several national boards, and speaks and writes frequently about the opportunity for philanthropy at the intersection of people, place and prosperity.



Incourage Community Foundation is reclaiming place-based philanthropy to realize its simple yet bold vision: A community that works well for all people, led by values of equity, opportunity, and shared stewardship.

Incourage operates from a central belief that people are our most important asset and positive community change happens when individuals have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Residents who feel a sense of ownership, shared responsibility and shared destiny by virtue of a shared place are essential in shaping healthy, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

With intention and ongoing reflective action, Incourage focuses in four interconnected areas to drive long-term change:

  • Human Potential
  • Shared Prosperity
  • Healthy Climate
  • Reclaiming Philanthropy

Incourage’s Investment Policy Statement establishes a mission and values framework for all aspects of its financial asset management. It assumes that economic value resides not just in financial currency, but in human integrity, skills, curiosity and relationships, including a commitment to steward all human and natural resources.