Robert T. Grimm Jr.

Robert T. Grimm Jr.
Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and Director of Do Good Institute
3105 Van Munching Hall

Robert T. Grimm, Jr. is the Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the Director of the Do Good Institute (DGI).    

In September 2016, UMD announced $75 million in new public-private commitments to create the Do Good Institute and make it the catalyst for UMD to become a Do Good Campus. DGI, housed in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, is a campus-wide hub that provides education, opportunities and resources to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders, social innovators and civic-minded students and alumni. The Institute serves as the catalyst to transform the University of Maryland into the nation’s first Do Good Campus, where students are inspired to take action and spur innovations and solutions to today’s issues.

Profiled by The Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun, and others; key DGI efforts include:

  • Maryland’s Do Good Campus won the 2017 Voinovich Public Innovation Prize sponsored by an international association of nearly 300 universities with schools and programs in public policy and public affairs (NASPPA).
  • The launch of a multi-year collaboration with the financial firm TIAA that includes the TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows program, research and thought leadership, and TIAA employees supporting our Do Good Campus.
  • The annual, campus-wide Do Good Challenge that aims to inspires students to pursue fearless ideas, spark innovative solutions, and create social impact for today's most pressing problems. Two Do Good Challenge alums have been named to the Forbes Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30 list in the last three years (the Food Recovery Network and Hungry Harvest). Hungry Harvest also won $100,000 on the TV Show Shark Tank.
  • Four faculty endowments and numerous other faculty who contribute research and support the School of Public Policy’s Undergraduate Major in Public Policy with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation; a Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation undergraduate minor for any student on campus; andone of the country’s most robust graduate curriculums in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (MPP, MPM and MPP-MBA degrees, and a graduate certificate)
  • Building off the initial success of the Do Good Challenge and Maryland’s corresponding rise to a number eight ranking in the country for Undergraduate Education in Innovation and Entrepreneurship by the Princeton Review, the Do Good Accelerator, a collaborative space on campus that supports and helps to scale up students' innovative solutions to our world's most pressing challenges. The Accelerator offers training, development and networking opportunities to enable promising nonprofits, projects and socially-minded businesses the chance to grow their reach and impact.
  • Partnerships and initiatives with the School of Engineering; Smith School of Business; College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; College of Arts and Humanities; School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Honors College; College Park Scholars; and others.
  • An exclusive Philanthropy Fellows program with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), representing more than 100 top foundations, nonprofits, and corporate social investment programs in Washington, DC. Students receive paid internships funded by WRAG organizations and professional development opportunities.
  • Hands-on international development experiences through Global Philanthropy Programs that help students become innovative and effective professionals in the field of global philanthropy, international development, and nongovernmental leadership and management. Students extend their formal curriculum through international immersion and deepen their professional portfolio through field experiences and study abroad programs in India that include scholarships for student participants;
  • The Editor-in-Chief of the leading, peer-reviewed research journal in the world on nonprofits and philanthropy (Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly)

Dr. Grimm previously served as Senior Counselor to the CEO (2006-2010) and the Director of Research and Policy Development (2004-2010) at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an organization that directs AmeriCorps and annually invests approximately one billion dollars in grants to innovative nonprofits. Dr. Grimm received senior appointments from both President Bush’s and President Obama’s administrations, co-lead the creation of the Social Innovation Fund, and previously taught and directed research at what is now the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Dr. Grimm’s research on philanthropy, volunteering, civic engagement, and social capital have been featured in prominent in places such as the Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today. Dr. Grimm’s published research includes a prominent cover article on “The New Volunteer Workforce” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review; articles in journals including Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Journal of Policy Analysis & Management; a book on the philosophies and approaches of American philanthropists, and a recent article in Nonprofit Quarterly

As the Director of Research and Policy Development, Dr. Grimm expanded CNCS’s annual research funds from $2 million to $10.5 million. Overall, he directed over $30 million in program evaluations and research studies. Dr. Grimm also led the creation of the U.S. government's first, regular data collection on social capital with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau through Volunteer and Civic Engagement supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS).  Bowling Alone author Robert Putnam characterized his research efforts as a “landmark in civic renewal.”    

Dr. Grimm received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He also received the 2010 Young Alumnus Award from Monmouth College. He currently serves or has served on the board of directors or advisors for the Washington Area Women’s Foundation (Board Treasurer), Food Recovery Network (Founding Board Chair, 2012-2016), Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, National Conference on Citizenship, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, National Mentoring Partnership, and America’s Promise. A native of Iowa, he and his wife Laura have a daughter named Astrid.