Request for Proposals: Chisholm Legacy Project Resource Hub


The Chisholm Legacy Project is seeking a facilitator to lead gathering input to guide the development of the Chisholm Legacy Project Resource Hub.

The Chisholm Legacy Project Resource Hub will serve as a repository of information that will support Black frontline climate justice leadership as a primary priority and all other frontline climate justice leadership overall. We seek to connect frontline leaders with resources on organizing and media, scientific and technical tools, cultural and healing justice support, legal support, and more.

Organization Background

The Chisholm Legacy Project is named in honor of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to serve in the US Congress and the first woman and African American person to run for president. Shirley Chisholm’s legacy as a paragon of leadership on gender and racial justice informs and inspires the mission and work of the Chisholm Legacy Project.

The organization serves to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate change with the resources to transform their communities using the Just Transition Framework. The Project also supports Black frontline leadership by linking movements and mainstream entities with the necessary tools to advance systematic change centered in equity and justice. In particular, the Chisholm Legacy Project seeks to support Black femmes in leadership roles across the climate movement through capacity building, mentoring, and healing justice support. As part of these broader efforts, the Chisholm Legacy Project is building a resource connector to serve the interests of frontline leadership. This resource connector will be called the Chisholm Legacy Project Resource Hub.

The Chisholm Legacy Project is seeking to understand how the resource hub should be designed and structured to ensure accessibility and inclusivity for frontline leaders. Our questions center the types of information that frontline climate justice leaders are most in need of, as well as on layout and graphic design, and how to organize and prioritize the information in a way that is most responsive to community needs. Our goal is to create a Resource Hub that is intuitive and accessible to the broad diversity of Black frontline climate justice leadership.

Project Description

The Chisholm Legacy Project is seeking a facilitator to support the development of the Resource Hub. The facilitator will be responsible for developing and executing collaborative knowledge building with climate justice leaders to adequately address the questions outlined by the Chisholm Legacy Project.

Our Questions are:

  1. What resources have Black frontline climate justice leaders sought and have not been able to easily find?
  2. What ways of organizing and prioritizing information is most accessible to Black frontline climate justice leadership?
  3. How should the Resource Hub be designed to ensure ease of navigation for all users, including persons who are differently abled or who are not as experienced with technology?

The Chisholm Legacy project is open to a diverse set of methods to answer these questions. However, respondents to this RFP should make a clear case for why their proposed methods will produce rich and detailed answers to the questions above. To protect the health of the activists and communities that the Chisholm Legacy Project serves, all input gathering will need to be conducted remotely. Proposed methods should clearly address this requirement.

The Chisholm Legacy Project will support the facilitator by providing technical expertise to the development of any discussion guides used for participant discussions. Recruitment and compensation of respondents will also be handled by the Chisholm Legacy Project. Persons providing input will be selected from the Chisholm Legacy Project’s core constituencies. However, these participants will reflect diverse geographies, foci, and goals.

The Facilitator will direct the information gathering process, conduct interviews/focus groups/etc., transcribe and analyze results, and provide the Chisholm Legacy Project with a final report with actionable recommendations for the Resource Hub.

The Chisholm Legacy Project is seeking to complete this project on a tight timeline and within the budget constraints of not-for-profit work. Preference will be given to candidates that can accommodate both. Respondents should include a detailed timeline and line-item budget with their submission. The entire project is budgeted to cost $30,000. Line-item budgets should include the cost of the facilitators time, any supplies or materials the facilitator will need, honoraria for participants, and any other anticipated costs to the facilitator. Respondents should also include the resume(s) of the facilitators with their proposal.

Finally, as the Project supports frontline leaders with tools to advance systematic change, the must exemplify cultural competence as it pertains to the history, values, and impact of structural racism experienced by communities the Project serves. Please directly address this requirement in responses to this RFP.

Deliverables Needed:

Step 1: Scheduling of contributors in collaboration with the Chisholm Legacy Project
Step 2: Creation of a discussion guide
Step 3: Execution of information gathering
Step 4: Analysis and synthesis of input/information gathered
Step 5: Presentation of Results

Project Timeline:

March 15, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Selection Criteria:

The facilitator will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Soundness of proposed methods (40%)
  • Experience in working with Black communities and specifically within the environmental and climate justice movement (s)(30%)
  • Proposed project timeline (20%)
  • Quoted budget (10%)
  • Preference will be given to BIPOC owned or led firms

Project Budget: $35,000, inclusive of facilitator’s time, honorarium for participants, cost of materials, and any other services.

Please Respond by February 18, 2022, at 11:59 PM (PST).

This is a competitive solicitation process, and all proposals must be emailed. Please submit RFP and any questions to Cara Thuringer at .

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