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Creating Requests for Proposals (RFPs): A Topical Resource List

The following resources are designed to provide grantmakers with information on how to write a request for proposal (RFP).

Arrick, Ellen. Using Competitions & RFPs. New York, NY: GrantCraft, 2002.
Explains what situations are appropriate for the use of competitions and RFPs to serve program goals. Suggest that it may be useful to work with outside consultants for some aspects of setting up a competition, and warns that it is essential to consider administrative issues that will be pertinent. Many organizations will not be selected via the competition, so there are recommendations for how grantmakers can work with them. A checklist for the contents of an RFP is given. Available online.

Arrick, Ellen and Marc Zegans. Building Financial Strength and Program Quality: A Case on Grant Making to Strengthen Community Foundations. New York, NY: GrantCraft, 2004.
This is an update of a previously issued Ford Foundation case study and is presented in three parts. Part one illustrates how a program officer devised, built support for, and coordinated a new initiative for community foundations. Parts two and three discuss using the request for proposal, list competition winners and provide an epilogue.

Porter-Roth, Bud. Request For Proposal: A Guide to Effective RFP Development. Indianapolis, IN: Addison-Wesley, 2002.
Covers the entire spectrum of the process of creating a request for proposal (RFP), and explains what elements go into the two major types of RFPs. Specific details about administrative and technical requirements, pricing, evaluation and other factors are given. Checklists and sample documents are provided in the appendices.

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