Sample Request for Proposal




This proposal is for services to assist __________________________________ (name of organization) in becoming more inclusive.

Date _______________________



Instructions: Review the sample request for proposal. Include additional information (such as decisions made on other worksheets) to make the RFP appropriate for your organization. 

Agency Mission and Background

  • The mission of ________________________ (name of organization) is...  
  • Our programs and services include... 
  • Founded in _____, our organization...
  • ____________________________ has committed to engaging in work to become a more fully inclusive organization.  


Description of Inclusiveness Goals

  • Our goals include...


Description of Role of the Consultant

  • We would like a consultant to aid us in moving closer to our goals by...  
  • We expect that a consultant will work with us for _____ (number and length) sessions to...


Description of Desired Outcomes

  • At the end of the process, we would like to see the following concrete outcomes (include outcomes specific to your organization's desires):
  • Information gathering with data on our community, our field, and our organization.
  • Perspectives of internal and external stakeholders about our work and workplace.
  • A blueprint for further action toward becoming more inclusive.
  • Increased cultural competency of staff and board members.
  • Other ___________________________________________________________


Proposal Content

Interested parties should submit the following: 

  • A proposal, not to exceed five pages and to include a proposed consulting/training plan.
  • A list of past clients.
  • Resumes for all relevant team members.  
  • Proposals should contain the following:
  • Contact information
  • Inclusiveness and diversity training expertise
  • Personnel information
  • Project description/approach 
  • References, with contact information

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the following: 

  • At least ___ (#) years experience in the field of inclusiveness and diversity training
  • Proven knowledge of, and successful implementation of, inclusiveness and diversity training sessions.
  • Thorough understanding of issues of inclusiveness.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations.  
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Flexibility.
  • Other ____________________________________________________________
  • Other ____________________________________________________________



  • The budget for a consultant is...



  • Consultant's work will begin ___ (date).
  • The selected consultant will be notified by___ (date).
  • Letters of Proposal are due by ___ (time) on ___ (date) to _________________________ (name of organization), Attention Inclusiveness Committee...


Contact Information

  • Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to _________________ (contact name) at ______________________ (name of organization).





Name of Organization __________________________________________


Date Exercise Completed _________


This worksheet was created by The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project ( to support organizations doing inclusiveness work.

Users are encouraged to customize the worksheet (both content and formatting) to meet the needs of their respective organizations.

A Word version is attached.