Robert Grimm is the Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and director of the Do Good Institute (DGI). Grimm's research on philanthropy, volunteering, nonprofits, civic engagement and social capital has been featured in prominent outlets, such as The Washington Post and New York Times, including a recent MSNBC interview and Fast Company article on the decline of American charitable behaviors.
Grimm 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), which directs AmeriCorps and annually invests approximately one billion dollars in grants to innovative nonprofits. Grimm received senior appointments from both President Bush and President Obama’s administrations, co-led 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.
Grimm 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).
Grimm received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and the 2010 Young Alumnus Award from Monmouth College.