With over 23 years experience public relations, marketing and business management and 16 years experience in the field of sports philanthropy, Terri Hickman Grunduski co-founded the Grunduski Group to fill a need in the sports and philanthropy worlds, to help support and guide those interested in building their legacies through Family Foundations, and other philanthropic endeavors.
Prior to co-founding the company, Terri Hickman Grunduski was the Executive Director of the Dempster Family Foundation. Brought on as the Inaugural Executive Director in 2009, Terri created the Foundation, which, in less than three short years under the inspiration of the Dempster Family, raised over a million dollars and awarded over $430,000 to charitable organizations across the United States, and over $26,000 to charitable organizations in Canada and abroad, through the Dempster Foundation Canada.
Terri began her Family Foundation work as the Executive Director and creator of the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation in 2006. In partnership with Jim and Shannon Mora, she helped establish the Foundation, which, raised over 1.2 million dollars in her five years of work there and granted over $500,000 to charitable organizations in Georgia and Washington.
It was a natural progression into Foundation work for Terri, whose passion of pairing professional athletes with local charities started over 16 years ago in hockey. Terri worked with the Atlanta Thrashers Professional Hockey Club as the inaugural Manager of Community Relations and Director of the Atlanta Thrashers Foundation. She built the community relations department and charted the team’s community vision.
When the Atlanta Falcons professional football team was getting ready to expand their philanthropic efforts through Arthur Blank’s purchase of the team, the Falcons hired Terri to manage Community Relations for the team. She was the Manager of Community Relations for the Atlanta Falcons from 2003 – 2005 where she directed community outreach and oversaw the creation of programs that supported the Falcons’ commitment to help Georgia children become physically fit and active. Terri was the co-creator of the club’s community fitness program, the Falcons’ Fitness Challenge. She oversaw relationships with children’s charities and 501(c)3 organizations including the handling of all player and mascot appearances, requests for involvement in charitable community events, and coordinated the Atlanta Falcons’ Women’s Association (wives’ group).
Terri started her career at Turner Broadcasting in 1992 as an intern at Turner Sports and then, for seven years, as a public relations professional for Turner Learning, the educational division of Turner Broadcasting. She has received many honors including a regional Emmy for her contributions to the Turner Broadcasting production Rockets on Wheels and Calculation on a Curve Ball; Beacon Awards from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association for work on CNN NEWSROOM on the Road and CNN Student Bureau; and a regional Emmy nomination for a PSA produced for Special Olympics.
Current personal community outreach included serving on the Board of Directors of the American Association of AdaptedSports™ Programs (2003-2013) as well as the American Heart Association Southeast Region (1999-2006). She was a member of the Atlanta Sports Council, GAHPERD, and the Georgia High School Coaches Association, as head of the Central Gwinnett High School Dance Team (1997-2007). She was the Vice President of Community Programs, Starling Elementary School PTA, Grayson, GA 2015, and was the Grayson Chair of the Metro Atlanta Boy Scouts Fundraising Campaign Jan – April 2014. Terri married Robert Grunduski in 2004, and has two children.
Terri holds a B.A. in Communications from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
- Former Board member and Past Vice President of the Board for the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs/(AAASP)
- Volunteer with various non-profit organizations including, Boy Scouts of America, Starling Elementary PTA, and Grayson Athletic Association
- American Heart Association Southeast Region Board of Directors (1999-2006)
- Past Participant in Sports Philanthropy Project
- GAHPERD member
- Atlanta Sports Council member 1999-2004 through Atlanta Thrashers
- Volunteer at Starling Elementary and past PTA Room Mom (2012), PTA Vice President 2014-2015.
- Volunteer Dance Coach, Richards Middle School Dance Team (2012-2013) /Former Dance Coach of the Central Gwinnett High School Dance Team (1997-2007)