A native of Franklin, TN, Russell Grimm has been with the VCU Athletic Department since September 2013. Grimm graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2007 with a B.S. in Journalism and Electronic Media. Following his time in Knoxville, he moved back home to Middle Tennessee to pursue his Masters of Sport Administration from Belmont University in Nashville.
Grimm began his career in athletic development at the University Of Michigan Athletic Department, working as Development Associate for the “Victors Club.” At Michigan, Grimm was part of fundraising team responsible for the $226 million capital campaign for renovation and expansion of Michigan Stadium. During his time in Ann Arbor, Grimm provided integral support with annual and major gift giving, premium seating and suite sales for the 3,000 seat, 81 suite expansion of Michigan Stadium, as well as assisting with the coordination of donor benefits, database management, parking reallocation, gift renewals, gift processing, game-day operations, special events, booster activities, promotions and other duties for the $30 million annual fund, 17,500 donor operation.
In 2011, Grimm transitioned from Ann Arbor to Boston, Massachusetts, accepting a position as Assistant Director of Development for the Boston College Athletic Department. As a team member with the “Flynn Fund,” Boston College’s 4,500 donor, $20 million annual fundraising organization, Grimm focused primarily on oversight of the Donor-Based Seating program, responsible for over $6 million in annual revenue. In his time on Chestnut Hill, Grimm was also part of an athletics team responsible for portion of Boston College’s university-wide $1.5 billion Light the World capital campaign.
In his role at VCU, Grimm is responsible for securing new and existing donors to the Ram Athletic Fund for annual and major gifts. He is tasked with directly managing the Ram Athletic Annual Fund, including annual appeals, phone-a-thons, season ticket upgrades, new member acquisition, oversight of the donor benefit structure and the fulfillment of priority seating, parking, and special event fundraisers.
Additionally, he is working to implement a sport-specific fundraising program for all 15 varsity sports programs at VCU, serving as the RAF liaison for the Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Track & Cross Country programs.
Grimm and his fiancée, Erin, live in Richmond with their mini-dachshund, Jackson.