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Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.036bqfe6k4j21pfysvydv4u53b7utk5j

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.yvltzhx27tutd9wa5eqpnmclpdinv8bk

               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.5yzruygm1gfuwaer6ihxz3vr0bkveiva

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.cqd5klaa64hbh16o8m7hxl18xxp5leqo

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.8wrew2opwqz29js94psyf45v89hlw5nv

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.mzwxgx47m3om263v41jiiblj9a3ex2pa

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?txbjrhfank29ia87kug5gaw86y7wqfg9

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.exy04qkbciqiu64jnd9f7zv234s9bsyg

An RFP represents:n1tmlrujqdd4sizw2lu0du40as5wttt6

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.nb13ncwni10dv8ubls19v3f6hz23l6ey
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.wxw83w6wew5ztkq60indjyononf92pap
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.rnf03p3thoawtu328z1sm187lukoyw0g

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“.kz63cefxaahygtxs6hpdht39yg1e7dqi

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:t30qsxqn654kvnbo3qty5oupnmxjpwm9

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.k3h3s0ifpluslc489brob60qxo91u4s4

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.0jfc3hiq7li6b9gh1172mnne19h1z8up

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:dqy53afnadn4c1cerimi787ziznzwhl0

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.e07m6ehak2sey97ta8baphjo7olpod7s
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.44194xriffgzvlko7gfdvcrlecgcnvki
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.it2j4qoxioleevykxebayeb5u13s1kba

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.3c8iihtg85ro89tw0x4k7lah9pomngth

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?h1ra1tqvbwel917s9w0ha6bkpwukjo2r

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?ib0a3eail3jdvr2qa38rtx6rfm9bc2pk

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?ilqr6hcmur5mzzg5trfib6hf4bo14xac

(original) View हिन्दी 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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