We’re requesting qualifications for Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultation!

 Request For Qualifications: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Consultation for United Way of Central Oregon



UWCO would like to bolster Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) as it relates to organizational operations and to build an organizational culture that is cohesive and reflects our commitment to JEDI. To be effective, this work requires a holistic approach, internal leadership and participation, and external support. It must focus on what is actionable at the intersection of our JEDI commitment, our mission, and our activities. It must have a clear plan and assessment of deliverables must be measurable.  To do this, we are seeking the JEDI expertise of an external consultant.

Project goals

With a goal of infusing JEDI culture and practices into our everyday operations and our overall organizational strategy, we are seeking an experienced JEDI consultant to work with our staff and Board to develop a JEDI initiative that will guide organizational direction and priorities in response to our urgent need to address race, power, and privilege in our operational policies and practices, and our work.

Scope of Work

The successful candidate will use a variety of techniques to work with us over a period of 12-18 months to execute the scope of work (SOW).

The SOW will likely include the creation of an organization definition of JEDI, an audit to gain baseline understanding that includes key agency functions (programs, grantmaking, human resources, finance, marketing, and fundraising), a review of policies and practices, strategic planning, and work with staff and Board to develop deliverables.


We are seeking candidates to submit qualifications based on the following criteria:

  • Experience:
    • Working with nonprofit board and staff to develop JEDI plans that respond effectively to internal, environmental, political, and fiscal realities.
    • Working with agencies that deliver services in grantmaking, health, education, financial stability, resilience, family services, basic needs, housing, etc.
    • Delivering work products and conducting interactive sessions that incorporate a variety of perspectives on JEDI.
    • Leading discussions about race, inequality, and discrimination with multicultural sensitivity.
    • Leading discussions about bias and capacity building to recognize and reduce bias.
    • Facilitating workshops with participants of all professional levels.
    • Knowledge of policies and best practices for JEDI and Trauma Informed Care.
    • Assessing policies and practices.
    • Drafting and implementing recommendations.
    • Familiarity with Central Oregon and its culture(s)
    • Familiarity with building resilience, intersectional relationship with ACEs, and racial justice.
  • Identifies as, or represents an organization run by someone who identifies as, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Androgynous, and Asexual (LGBTQQIP2SAA), Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC), and/or a population or community that experiences discrimination and exclusion (social, political, and economic) because of unequal power relationships across economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions.
  • Embraces an active approach to achieving equity for all, considering systems, structures, and processes and how these impact individuals.
  • A demonstrated focus in the nonprofit sector.



We have budgeted $25,000 – $30,000 for this work. Follow up and ongoing work would be conducted on a retainer basis.

Responses to this RFQ

Respondents may feel free to submit clarifying questions to Ken Wilhelm, Executive Director – United Way of Central Oregon by email or phone by September 13, 2021.  ken@unitedwaycentraloregon.org  541-389-6507.

Qualifications are due by 5:00pm September 24, 2021 by email to ken@unitedwaycentraloregon.org

Please limit your qualifications response to fewer than 5 pages and include the following:

  • Description of how you are qualified to undertake the scope of work we’ve described and examples of similar projects or clients you’ve done similar work for.
  • Description of the proposed process to undertake the SOW and deliverables you will develop.
  • Your cost proposal, any responses to budget comments above, and explanation for any deviation from it.
  • Daily or hourly rate for ongoing advice and support.
  • Description of how you will avoid any conflict of interest in undertaking the scope of work.
  • Description of your team.

In addition, please submit resumes/CVs for anyone on your team that will be directly involved in carrying out the SOW, each no longer than 2 pages. (resumes/CVs do not count toward 5-page limit).

Note: all proposals and documents submitted to UWCO will be kept confidential. UWCO is under no legal obligation to accept any proposal. We reserve the right to amend the requirements at any time.