Why Can't We Be Friends?: Building Relationships With Legal, Financial, Research and Program Staff

In the grants process there is often a misalignment in priorities and practices between organizational functions-including program, legal, finance, sponsored research and/or Development-resulting in lost opportunities for maximizing institutional grant support. In this session we will use Harvard-affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife as a case study to discuss challenges and best practices for building these relationships-as an in-house Development/grants staff person or as an outside consultant-resulting in increased organizational grant support for strategic priorities and a streamlined pre- and post-award grants management process. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

- Identify various stakeholders in the grants process and how their priorities may align and/or conflict, including understanding legal, ethical, and compliance issues.

- Make the case for increased collaboration between these functions within an organizational setting, including developing institutional guidance and communication for a shared grants process.

- Collaborate cross-functionally in both pre- and post-award.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development

Laura Leacu is the Director of Institutional Giving at Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard-affiliated organization committed to improving the lives of over 3,000 seniors per day in Greater Boston through health care, senior living communities, chronic care, home care, hospice and more. Laura is the Secretary of the Board for the New England chapter of the Grant Professionals Association and has presented at the chapter's regional conference as well as at local workshops in the Boston area.