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Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.soe05g9u1k25iflwa4m88pfdf1snk3s3

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.ifvblxaxgdll10883fada8cmzdslyij6

               How to Write a Nonprofit
                Request for Proposals (RFP)
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Unfortunately, for nonprofit organizations trying to find new technology tools, often there is not such a clear way to begin. Also, there are a plethora of new technology tools available everyday, there are many myths about technology and tech experts, and there are often inconsistencies within organizations around the vision for the technology deliverable.rvr71n1ts1skezd0lzm1azvfzi7pqfd7

Here at Aspiration, we are in awe of the on-the-ground work being done by nonprofits and community organizations. At the end of the day, this mission-critical work is priority, and technology decisions should support the same.cwdxyemykgepj7qu0f3v54o0ar0mfkeh

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.d9gt2r5p6bgufsgjpq11kfuzfohl1wc5

Taking the time to first articulate what they are looking for, helps nonprofits to save time and money by pinpointing what specific needs they have for the tech tool to fulfill. A Request for Proposal can help staff identify and develop a clear and shared vision for what they hope this new technology platform will accomplish.5nje3wikudrqgupu5nuwqkgmu2szcuu7

The material that goes into an RFP is also valuable fodder for engaging with the ultimate users of any new solution. It is a concrete touch point for asking questions like “is this what you need” and “what did we forget?qooug543jtegsqkn8nmny8wxq7uawnsd

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.o0qubo5goxnitivnsry7acgph747q085

An RFP represents:c9s9hlvus4urc1puf1bxqf04kab4lajn

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.qzc2iesadehodu2qn0qdtikpjiy2hisy
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.modd0q7py6mmwmyndz4tw34shpmiw818
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.uaphg9hxu0rpbfthappe2xvpndgmvqwf

Aspiration has worked with many nonprofits over the years on their search for technology solutions, as well as with many technologists trying to develop technology tools that meet the unique needs of nonprofits. Aspiration Executive Director Allen Gunn shares his knowledge and experience in this webinar, “How to write a Nonprofit RFP“.qrh915yhph1wgfkbjdtlnr8ybr1sjur0

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:9xczns1om9rbvjeydfvz6n09nugwzf7z

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.ijpm4ctwimwwbdrcs5z3cjrqu0u2iz3q

The concept of RFPs can be daunting to those who have not authored one, and even for those who understand the importance. This webinar attempts to demystify some of the confusion about how to write one, what to include, and when one is needed.32c2h3gx7j2n48m5d5rck7pj86ed2tkv

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:yrdchwvcsb7k4ihjkln9n98l6c0sxzsm

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.7d7zgxnk66c6kcvwzurubn0jc0wgx1nv
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.aedxb6s3dm0xw88p3c1mkbycrozsivnj
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.o3w7th7iydncezl3aafi4vhepcl6vkv9

Preparing an RFP, just like preparations for a trip, can help you to arrive pleasantly at your desired destination. And because technology deliverables are just milestones on a longer journey, RFPs can serve as valuable touchstones in your longer mission trek.zfns26k4rzux0hftqbl305cgky2wmjkc

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?c4ol30zjcrhuj9bqzsi138e10oqvj9cm

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?gncjy9m2jpn3v561kasstwucfbt6m3ss

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?jk38v2anv8v0iwh2x4y62p7rgbcecmlm

(original) View Español translation

Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.

               How to Write a Nonprofit
                Request for Proposals (RFP)

Unfortunately, for nonprofit organizations trying to find new technology tools, often there is not such a clear way to begin. Also, there are a plethora of new technology tools available everyday, there are many myths about technology and tech experts, and there are often inconsistencies within organizations around the vision for the technology deliverable.

Here at Aspiration, we are in awe of the on-the-ground work being done by nonprofits and community organizations. At the end of the day, this mission-critical work is priority, and technology decisions should support the same.

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.

Taking the time to first articulate what they are looking for, helps nonprofits to save time and money by pinpointing what specific needs they have for the tech tool to fulfill. A Request for Proposal can help staff identify and develop a clear and shared vision for what they hope this new technology platform will accomplish.

The material that goes into an RFP is also valuable fodder for engaging with the ultimate users of any new solution. It is a concrete touch point for asking questions like “is this what you need” and “what did we forget?

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.

An RFP represents:

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.

Aspiration has worked with many nonprofits over the years on their search for technology solutions, as well as with many technologists trying to develop technology tools that meet the unique needs of nonprofits. Aspiration Executive Director Allen Gunn shares his knowledge and experience in this webinar, “How to write a Nonprofit RFP“.

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.

The concept of RFPs can be daunting to those who have not authored one, and even for those who understand the importance. This webinar attempts to demystify some of the confusion about how to write one, what to include, and when one is needed.

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.

Preparing an RFP, just like preparations for a trip, can help you to arrive pleasantly at your desired destination. And because technology deliverables are just milestones on a longer journey, RFPs can serve as valuable touchstones in your longer mission trek.

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?



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