Lauren Steiner

Founder, Grants Plus USA

Lauren Steiner founded Grants Plus in 2007 to help nonprofits raise the grant funding they need. Fifteen years later, Lauren’s vision has come to life in the impact of transformative organisations and projects, and Grants Plus has secured more than $250 million in public and private grants for community-serving agencies, health organisations, schools and colleges, cultural institutions, and other entities.

The Grants Plus team includes some of the most experienced and talented grants professionals in the fundraising industry. Grants Plus promotes wellness practices and core company values that earned the firm a Psychologically Healthy Workplace award from the American Psychological Association and a Smart Women: Progressive Organization award.

Lauren is committed to developing the field of grant-seeking by mentoring new professionals, championing equity in the sector, and speaking on best practices. She leads a graduate course in philanthropy at Case Western Reserve University and serves on the boards of The Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation, where she also co-chairs the editorial review board. She is also the past president of the Grant Professionals Association Ohio-Northern Chapter. Lauren received a BSc from Ohio University and a JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.