In addition to his work in the film industry, Ryan is a noted philanthropist and volunteer. He has been recognized by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Anti-Defamation League for his volunteerism and philanthropy. He acquired FreeHand in 2013, a pet food company focused on using its proceeds to rescue homeless dogs. In 2010, he was listed on Forbes 40 Under 40 Most Influential People list. He has also served as the Chairman of the Art of Elysian, an organization that encourages artists to donate their talent and time to help children with major medical conditions.