Press & Recognition


Grants Plus Senior Advisor Matt Carter Elected as President of The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cleveland Chapter

CLEVELAND OHIO, December 5, 2022 —The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cleveland Chapter announced last week that Matt Carter has been elected as Chapter President. Carter, who has been a member of AFP of Greater Cleveland for more than 7years,has served as the Chapter’s Vice President for Professional Development since 2019.Carter’selectionmarks a notable shift in recognizing grant professionals as leaders in the fundraising sector.

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Grants Plus honored as 2022 Weatherhead 100 company

Grants Plus is once again proud to be honored as a Weatherhead 100 Company, in recognition of our firm's achievements and advancement. Established in 1988, The Weatherhead 100 awards are the premier celebration of Northeast Ohio's spirit of entrepreneurship and the companies leading the way in Northeast Ohio.

Each year, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University recognizes an elite group of companies who are the best example of leadership, growth and success in our region.

Grants Plus Names Dana Textoris CEO

September 28, 2022: Grants Plus announces that Dana Textoris has been named CEO of Grants Plus. The appointment comes as the firm marks its 15th year in business serving nonprofits, and ahead of National Women's Small Business Month in October.

Textoris has worked alongside the founder and owner of Grants Plus, Lauren Steiner, for nearly 10 years. Textoris’s appointment comes as Steiner has decided to concentrate on new strategies to mentor young professionals and influence the fundraising sector. In her time at Grants Plus, Textoris has led growth strategies for the firm, expanding its nonprofit client base and employee workforce to a national scale.

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Grants Plus honored with 2021 Smart Women: Progressive Organization Award


The Smart Women Awards are dedicated to honoring businesswomen, inspiring male advocates, and programs built for female empowerment.

More specifically, the Progressive Organization Award recognizes organizations that prioritize women based initiatives, promote opportunities for advancement, or create family-friendly workplaces. Grants Plus is honored to celebrate this award within our team and across our family of nonprofit clients.

Grants Plus founder interviewed by Blackbaud's Rachel Hutchisson on the SgENGAGE Podcast

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the funding landscape and shifted some of the dynamics between grant makers and grantees. Lauren Steiner, president and founder of Grants Plus, was interviewed by Blackbaud’s Rachel Hutchisson on the SgENGAGE Podcast to discuss how nonprofits should continue engaging with their funders to request grants now and how they can begin to prepare for the future.

Listen to the podcast on SgENGAGE.

Grants Plus founder is a "Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship"

GP’s President + Founder Lauren Steiner was featured as a 2019 Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship by Crain's Cleveland Business. Along with twenty other exceptional women leaders, Lauren was recognized for bringing skill and talent, combined with boundless energy and determination, to lead a growing business. Lauren founded Grants Plus in 2007 to help nonprofits and to create meaningful, balanced career opportunities within the sector.

Read the full article at Crain's Cleveland Business

Grants Plus featured in Inc. Magazine

Profiled among companies taking positive and proactive approaches to healthy workplaces. "Offering unpaid leave for mental health crises can help, says Lauren Steiner, president of Cleveland-based consultancy Grants Plus, which was awarded a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association in 2016."

Read the full article at Inc. Magazine

Grants Plus featured in Crain's Cleveland Business

Crain’s Cleveland Business featured Grants Plus and interviewed President Lauren Steiner for the firm's track record helping nonprofit organizations across the country secure hard-to-raise grant dollars. “We are setting the standard for the sector when it comes to higher quality grant writing.”

Cleveland’s WKYC Channel 3 spotlights Grants Plus for international award

Grants Plus was featured by Cleveland’s WKYC Channel 3 on the station’s website at and also on the daytime news program Live on Lakeside (March 3, 2016) for winning an international 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association.

Click here to watch President Lauren Steiner and Managing Director Dana Textoris on Live on Lakeside.

Grants Plus interviewed on WCPN 90.3 The Sound of Ideas

President Lauren Steiner and Director Dana Textoris were interviewed on WCPN 90.3 The Sound of Ideas (March 2, 2016) to discuss how creating a psychologically healthy workplace produces happier, healthier employees — and translates into higher-quality services for Grants Plus’s nonprofit clients.


Watch the televised segment at the 43:30 minute mark: Click for Ohio Channel TV segment

Listen to the radio recording at the 42:00 minute mark: Click for ideastream radio segment

Grants Plus Featured for NEO Success Award in Inside Business Magazine

Grants Plus was featured in the March/April 2014 edition of Inside Business Magazine when the firm received a 2014 NEO Success Award. President Lauren Steiner said of the honor: “All my clients are changing the world in some way. This is how we’re going to change the world.”



2021 & 2016 Smart Women: Progressive Organization Award

Weatherhead 100 Award 2022, 2019

Weatherhead 100 Upstart Award in 2021, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award (Lauren Steiner) from the Association of  Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cleveland Chapter

2016, 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association

2014 Inside Business Northeast Ohio Success Award





Dana Textoris