Your organization’s board of directors might be affable and effective, challenging, or down-right difficult, but love it or not, it has a role to play in grants administration. “The board’s responsibility to oversee the financial and legal operations of your nonprofit place it at the epicenter of post-award management,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., and author of Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing. “But the board also has a role on the pre-award side.” Here are some typical ways that boards participate in securing grants.
Even though the grants process is only one strata of their multi-layered responsibilities, board members need a realistic, professional understanding of how grants fit into the overall development plan. This means the grants professional and CEO may need to educate them. Without a solid understanding of the grants process, the board may have unrealistic expectations, make impossible demands, or send staff in search of dollars that won’t move the mission forward.
“It’s best to have grant-related policies and procedures (P&Ps) in place to guide both pre- and post-award practices,” said Floersch. “Developing P&Ps forces the organization to consider the nuances of the grants process and enforcing P&Ps ensures operational consistency.” © Copyright 2020 The Grantsmanship Center.
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