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.  The DGI is reinventing the college experience by transforming students’ idealism into extraordinary outcomes through rich learning experiences built on real-world application. From orientation to graduation, the DGI will engage the student body in initiatives aimed at ensuring alums will be equipped and motivated to “do good.”  Profiled by The Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun, and others; key DGI include:

  • A campus-wide, year-long Do Good Challenge for the next big ideas for improving the world.  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 (SPP) Undergraduate Major in Public Policy with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation (BA degree); one of the country’s most robust graduate curriculums in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (MPP and MPP-MBA degrees); and a proposed Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation undergraduate minor for any student on campus;

  • A Do Good Accelerator to provide promising Do Good efforts (projects, nonprofits, businesses) with leadership coaching and mentoring, creative community space, networking opportunities, financial support and educational training;

  • Do Good Campus 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.    

  • A Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program that will create the next generation of nonprofit leaders through two-years of funding including tuition support, paid internships with leading nonprofits and NGOs, and each fellow is mentored by a nonprofit executive.   

  • 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 in India and China 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);

  • A new headquarters building for SPP and DGI.  

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 also includes a prominent cover article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review; other articles in journals such as Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Journal of Policy Analysis & Management; and a book on the philosophies and approaches of American philanthropists.    

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.