Deadline date

Proposals Due June 28, 2019

Scope of Work
The ACLU of North Carolina is part of the nationwide ACLU organization and shares contributions with our national office.  Grant awards for state-based or geography specific work is a source of potential growth in our development program.  In coordination with the national office, the ACLU of North Carolina may apply for grant awards from North Carolina-based foundations investing in North Carolina as well as from national foundations who are making investments in North Carolina or the Southeast. 

These grant prospects must align with the ACLU of North Carolina’s mission and strategic priorities.  These include LGBTQ equality, gender equity and reproductive freedom, combating mass incarceration and reforming our criminal justice system (with emphasis on the elimination of North Carolina’s cash bail system), and racial Justice and immigrants’ rights.  Within these priority issue areas, we also work on voting rights, juvenile justice, the rights of incarcerated people, and free speech.        

The Consultant’s responsibilities will include: 

  1. Compile a dossier of all potential foundation funders of the ACLU of North Carolina to include: prospect’s financial capacity, ability and willingness to give; charitable interests and if known, connections to the organization; program officer and/or appropriate administrator’s name and contact information;
  2. Curate potential solicitation approaches for annual or multi-year commitments from each prospect identified;
  3. Organize research findings into calendar of submission dates and requirements.    

RFP Schedule
The Project is expected to proceed as indicated below: 

  • Request for Proposals Posted: May 30, 2019
  • Proposals Due: June 28, 2019
  • Interviews & Selection: Second/third week of July 2019
  • Project Begins: August 2019
  • Project Completion: September 2019 (subject to potential extension) 

Submission Requirements

  1. A cover letter to the attention of Liz Musselman, Director of Philanthropy
  2. A narrative explaining the experiences of the firm (if applicable) or individual applicant, including the resume of the principal prospect researcher providing direct service for this project.  The narrative and resume should detail the applicant’s experience in researching (and writing) and submitting government, corporate, private foundation grants.
  3. Outline of proposed fees
  4. A minimum of two (2) references from clients where the applicant has successfully performed similar work
  5. Proposal should include an approximate number of foundations and/or donor advised funds for whom the ACLU of North Carolina is eligible to apply between 2019-2020. Eligibility assessment should be based on the ACLU of North Carolina’s issue areas, funder’s capacity, potential willingness to make a grant award and history of grant making to peer organizations. 
  6. Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28 in one PDF file to Liz Musselman at development@acluofnc.org 

Proposals not meeting the criteria outlined in the RFP will not be considered.  

Compensation and Contract Award
Fees outline should be all-inclusive and structured as an hourly fee.  Applicant must provide a detailed price breakdown including fees for all staff involved in the project.  The cost will be based on the projected hours of work provided.  Contractor will invoice and be paid on a monthly basis, unless otherwise agreed.  Further terms of compensation will be negotiated with the selected applicant.   

The ACLU of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-NC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

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