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Ben Barge

Field Director

Ben is passionate about mobilizing resources for community-led, systemic change. As a Senior Associate for Learning and Engagement, Ben provides leadership on strategic campaigns with foundation and nonprofit partners around NCRP’s key research, such as the Southern Progress Grantmaking Project. He also manages the Impact Awards and Philanthropy’s Promise, NCRP’s signature programs celebrating philanthropic excellence; organizes in-person presentations across the philanthropic sector; and coordinates NCRP’s internship program. Ben also serves as NCRP’s link to the immigrant rights movement.

Before NCRP, Ben worked as a Fellow at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, where he facilitated grantmaking, evaluation and special projects across five portfolios: Community Economic Development, Social Justice & Equity, Strengthening Democracy, Public Education and the Environment. While there, he coordinated an emerging network of rural funders, oversaw a nonprofit internship program for diverse next generation leaders and helped improve responsive programming for Latino-led grantees.

A Southeastern native, Ben was born and raised in Georgia and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He volunteers in his free time with the DC Childcare Collective and the 18th Street Singers.

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