Request for Qualifications for Leading Equity Series

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) is seeking to partners with a consultant or a consultant team on SDG's Leading Equity Series. Launched in 2019, this series for individuals working in or serving grantmaking organizations or other groups of new or non-traditional forms of philanthropy and social investment. This multi-day experience integrates:

  • Exploration of systemic racism through the themes of white-supremacy and decolonization. 
  • Deepening understanding of the social, economic, and historical context of the San Diego and Imperial County region through case study and direct experience in the impacted community.
  • Space for reflection and skill-building to support conversations on racial inequities and racial justice.
  • Learning and practice with equity-building tools.
  • A cohort model that provides opportunities to build authentic and supportive peer relationships for this journey.


  1. Final cohort design including sessions covering (1) frameworks and concepts; (2) experience and relationships; and (3) planning, synthesis, and application.
  2. Facilitate conversations that support learning and develop ability to speak up and out about racial justice.
  3. Site visits (virtual or in-person as appropriate) to advance the cohort’s understanding of and connection to the concepts.
  4. (Ongoing) Meetings with staff to discuss findings as needed/requested with advance notice, including a review of the scope of work.

Timeline: This will adapt, but is aimed at: planning in August and cohort in September/October.

Experience with Philanthropy Serving Organizations, movement building organizations and/or networked models a plus.

The lead staff will be Megan Thomas, Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives.

Budget: $13,000, including lead consultant, technology, travel, food, and materials. We expect all speakers, including community site visit hosts (whether virtual or in-person), to be equitably compensated for their time and contributions. Please include in your submission a proposal for allocation of these funds.

SDG is looking to hire vendors who reflect the diversity of the people, organizations, and communities in our county and who are aligned with our mission and values as outlined in our strategic framework.

SDG will review responses beginning Friday, July 31, 2020. Proposals will be accepted until the role is filled, but no later than August 31. Please email your summary of your interest and relevant experience/qualifications, to Megan Thomas, Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives, (858) 875-3332, [email protected]

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