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Ditch the RFP. Try Our Recommended Providers Instead!

Posted Apr 01, 2020 01:22 PM
Many organizations (sometimes spurred by board members) think they need to use an RFP to select a consultant. In cases of large government funded projects this may be the case.

But if you do not have to use an RFP you can avoid all the time you would spend writing and distributing RFPs, and reading through responses to identify the right consultant. Speaking directly to a few consultants is a better way to find a good match for your needs. In fact, many of the busiest and most respected consultants rarely respond to RFPs.

Instead, search through our consultant listings in the Nonprofit Resource Directory for trusted, vetted nonprofit consultants and service providers. Pick two or three to contact and have a conversation with them to see how they would approach the work and determine if they would be a good match. For more guidance, visit our Choosing a Consultant page.

You will find consultants providing a wide range of services, including leadership coaching, accounting/bookkeeping, videography, photography, graphic design, fundraising planning, and more. You can search by topic area, language skills, or experience with specific communities or types of nonprofits. Every individual/company goes through a thorough reference check to ensure those listed are experienced and come recommended by other nonprofit organizations. While most of these providers are located in the Pacific Northwest, many provide services regionally, nationally, and internationally.