Rusty Stahl is the founder, president and CEO of Fund the People.
Stahl is also a Visiting Fellow in Residence at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Through this fellowship, combined with a Tides Fellowship, he completed the initial research that helped to establish Fund the People.
Previously, Rusty founded and served as executive director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), the professional association of young and new foundation professionals. During his 10-year tenure, Stahl helped to educate and train the next generation of philanthropic leaders, and to shape a more diverse, multi-generational foundation field. At EPIP, Rusty organized a membership network of thousands of diverse next-generation leaders; helped members organize 13 local and statewide chapters from Boston to Honolulu; and developed unique philanthropic education programs for the field, including EPIP’s highly-regarded national conference. At EPIP he established Generating Change, a research initiative that proved to be the predecessor to Fund the People.
Prior to EPIP, Rusty served as a program associate at the Ford Foundation, where he supported grantmaking to strengthen philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and social justice movements.
Rusty is a board member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and Bikkurim: An Incubator of New Jewish Ideas. He served on the board of Idealist for over a dozen years. He has served on advisory bodies for the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Indiana University, Grand Valley State University, and the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition. Stahl holds an M.A. in philanthropic studies from Indiana University and completed undergraduate studies at George Washington University. He is a third-generation Philadelphian and resides in Beacon, NY with his wife, Sarah From, a consultant to nonprofits, and their daughter Ruby.