This RFI closed on July 29, 2019.

Request for Information: Capacity Building Practitioners

Project Overview

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)’s Movement Capacity Building Team works to increase access to knowledge, resources, and capabilities within communities that are impacted by critical issues like criminal justice reform, housing affordability, and immigration.

We recognize that communities most impacted by social and policy issues are uniquely positioned to lead the design of solutions to these challenges. However, not all community organizations and movement leaders have access to the regional, culturally proficient training they need to maximize their impact.

This RFI seeks to identify skilled local trainers and capacity builders who can help organizations build their capacity to continue serving their communities. The results of this RFI will help to inform CZI’s future programmatic strategies, support, and funding priorities in this space.

Opportunity

On June 27, 2019, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) opened the Capacity Building Practitioners Request for Information (RFI). Through this RFI, we are seeking to connect with individuals and organizations that provide training or capacity building support for community-led organizations across the United States.

This RFI seeks to identify skilled local trainers who can help local organizations build capacity to serve their communities and to help to increase the ability to build lasting change. We seek submissions from capacity builders with a minimum 3-year demonstrated track record of creating action-oriented, interactive, and self-directed learning experiences for frontline organizations and impacted communities.

Organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) and individuals are encouraged to respond.

CZI intends to use responses to this RFI to develop future funding strategies aimed at helping to strengthen the ability of organizations working on the frontlines of social change to succeed.

We may contact respondents to provide further information, share contracting opportunities, and apply for funding programs in the future.

We will accept submissions until 11:59 pm PDT on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Eligibility

This RFI seeks to reach a wide array of training and capacity building providers nationally to help increase our understanding of the capacity building field.

Our priority is to reach training and capacity building providers that exhibit several of the following characteristics:

  • A primary client base that consists of community members, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, coalitions, and networks.
  • Knowledgeable about the dynamics of social justice movements and working experience on the frontlines of social change, including –  but not limited to – CZI’s issue priorities of criminal justice reform, housing affordability, and immigration reform.
  • Those strategies will be designed to strengthen organizations familiarity with, or past work on, the needs and challenges faced by individuals and organizations working to address CZI’s core issue areas including criminal justice reform, immigration, and housing.
  • Demonstrated cultural proficiency and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Works to address issues related to power and race as a core strategy for advancing social change.
  • Demonstrated track record of success and a minimum of 3 years serving as a trainer and capacity builder.
  • Commitment to creating action-oriented, interactive, and self-directed learning experiences.
Confidentiality

Submissions may be shared with internal teams at CZI and outside experts. We ask that you do NOT submit confidential information.

  • Sharing with Others:  We may share aggregated and anonymized learnings from the RFI with the respondents and the field to further inform future program development. Knowing that RFIs often lead to many great ideas that we may or may not be able to support down the road, we also intend to share RFI responses with other funders.
  • Sharing Publicly: We may share individually identifiable information publicly in the future, with the goal of helping others connect to your services. If you do not want any of the information in your response to be made public, please indicate that via the opt-out question at the end of the survey. We will mark certain questions as “shared in the aggregate only.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is this a request for proposals or applications?

This is not a request for either proposals or applications for funding. This is a request for information about organizational capacity building providers across the United States. This RFI seeks to identify skilled local trainers who can help organizations across the country build capacity to serve their communities and to help to increase the ability to make a lasting impact. This RFI will help CZI understand how to best to develop future funding priorities.

We are a for-profit company. Should we submit?

Yes. We welcome submissions from for-profit and nonprofit entities. This RFI will help to inform future programmatic strategies, support, and funding priorities.

Are submissions welcome from outside the United States? 

We are only accepting submissions from organizations or individuals in the United States. Our focus is on domestic practitioners who provide support aimed at building stronger community-led organizations in the U.S.

I am a solo practitioner. Do you still want to hear from me?

Absolutely! If you are playing a role in building strong organizations and movements,, then we want to learn about your practice.

I don’t currently focus on one of CZI’s core issue areas. Do you still want to hear from me?

Yes. While much of the work CZI focuses on will be on the issues within our core Initiatives (Justice & Opportunity, Education, and Science), your training competencies may be broadly applicable.

When is the Capacity Building Request for Information (RFI) due?

All responses to the RFI must be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT, Monday, July 29, 2019.

Can I start my RFI and come back to work on it?

Yes. The RFI submission system will allow you to save your work as you progress and return to it.  Simply submit it when you are ready.

Who will be reviewing the RFI responses?

Staff from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and grantmaking consultants. We are also planning to engage external experts including other funders.

Will my submission be kept confidential?

Submissions may be shared with internal teams at CZI and outside experts. We ask that you do NOT submit confidential information.

  • Sharing with Others:  We may share aggregated and anonymized learnings from the RFI with the respondents and the field to further inform future program development. Knowing that RFIs often lead to many great ideas that we may or may not be able to support down the road, we also intend to share RFI responses with other funders.
  • Sharing Publicly: We may share individually identifiable information publicly in the future, with the goal of helping others connect to your services. If you do not want any of the information in your response to be made public, please indicate that via the opt-out question at the end of the survey. We will mark certain questions as “shared in the aggregate only.”

Do I need to respond to the RFI to qualify for any potential future funding related to these topics?

It is strongly advised to fill out the RFI in order to be invited to participate in future funding or contracting opportunities aimed at supporting organizational capacity builders.

Need Help?

For inquiries please contact us: capacitybuildersRFI@chanzuckerberg.com

Key Dates
June 28
Online portal for submissions opens
July 29
Deadline for submissions
Opportunity

On June 27, 2019, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) opened the Capacity Building Practitioners Request for Information (RFI). Through this RFI, we are seeking to connect with individuals and organizations that provide training or capacity building support for community-led organizations across the United States.

This RFI seeks to identify skilled local trainers who can help local organizations build capacity to serve their communities and to help to increase the ability to build lasting change. We seek submissions from capacity builders with a minimum 3-year demonstrated track record of creating action-oriented, interactive, and self-directed learning experiences for frontline organizations and impacted communities.

Organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) and individuals are encouraged to respond.

CZI intends to use responses to this RFI to develop future funding strategies aimed at helping to strengthen the ability of organizations working on the frontlines of social change to succeed.

We may contact respondents to provide further information, share contracting opportunities, and apply for funding programs in the future.

We will accept submissions until 11:59 pm PDT on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Eligibility

This RFI seeks to reach a wide array of training and capacity building providers nationally to help increase our understanding of the capacity building field.

Our priority is to reach training and capacity building providers that exhibit several of the following characteristics:

  • A primary client base that consists of community members, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, coalitions, and networks.
  • Knowledgeable about the dynamics of social justice movements and working experience on the frontlines of social change, including –  but not limited to – CZI’s issue priorities of criminal justice reform, housing affordability, and immigration reform.
  • Those strategies will be designed to strengthen organizations familiarity with, or past work on, the needs and challenges faced by individuals and organizations working to address CZI’s core issue areas including criminal justice reform, immigration, and housing.
  • Demonstrated cultural proficiency and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Works to address issues related to power and race as a core strategy for advancing social change.
  • Demonstrated track record of success and a minimum of 3 years serving as a trainer and capacity builder.
  • Commitment to creating action-oriented, interactive, and self-directed learning experiences.
Confidentiality

Submissions may be shared with internal teams at CZI and outside experts. We ask that you do NOT submit confidential information.

  • Sharing with Others:  We may share aggregated and anonymized learnings from the RFI with the respondents and the field to further inform future program development. Knowing that RFIs often lead to many great ideas that we may or may not be able to support down the road, we also intend to share RFI responses with other funders.
  • Sharing Publicly: We may share individually identifiable information publicly in the future, with the goal of helping others connect to your services. If you do not want any of the information in your response to be made public, please indicate that via the opt-out question at the end of the survey. We will mark certain questions as “shared in the aggregate only.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is this a request for proposals or applications?

This is not a request for either proposals or applications for funding. This is a request for information about organizational capacity building providers across the United States. This RFI seeks to identify skilled local trainers who can help organizations across the country build capacity to serve their communities and to help to increase the ability to make a lasting impact. This RFI will help CZI understand how to best to develop future funding priorities.

We are a for-profit company. Should we submit?

Yes. We welcome submissions from for-profit and nonprofit entities. This RFI will help to inform future programmatic strategies, support, and funding priorities.

Are submissions welcome from outside the United States? 

We are only accepting submissions from organizations or individuals in the United States. Our focus is on domestic practitioners who provide support aimed at building stronger community-led organizations in the U.S.

I am a solo practitioner. Do you still want to hear from me?

Absolutely! If you are playing a role in building strong organizations and movements,, then we want to learn about your practice.

I don’t currently focus on one of CZI’s core issue areas. Do you still want to hear from me?

Yes. While much of the work CZI focuses on will be on the issues within our core Initiatives (Justice & Opportunity, Education, and Science), your training competencies may be broadly applicable.

When is the Capacity Building Request for Information (RFI) due?

All responses to the RFI must be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT, Monday, July 29, 2019.

Can I start my RFI and come back to work on it?

Yes. The RFI submission system will allow you to save your work as you progress and return to it.  Simply submit it when you are ready.

Who will be reviewing the RFI responses?

Staff from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and grantmaking consultants. We are also planning to engage external experts including other funders.

Will my submission be kept confidential?

Submissions may be shared with internal teams at CZI and outside experts. We ask that you do NOT submit confidential information.

  • Sharing with Others:  We may share aggregated and anonymized learnings from the RFI with the respondents and the field to further inform future program development. Knowing that RFIs often lead to many great ideas that we may or may not be able to support down the road, we also intend to share RFI responses with other funders.
  • Sharing Publicly: We may share individually identifiable information publicly in the future, with the goal of helping others connect to your services. If you do not want any of the information in your response to be made public, please indicate that via the opt-out question at the end of the survey. We will mark certain questions as “shared in the aggregate only.”

Do I need to respond to the RFI to qualify for any potential future funding related to these topics?

It is strongly advised to fill out the RFI in order to be invited to participate in future funding or contracting opportunities aimed at supporting organizational capacity builders.