RFP for a Consultant: Legal Services Scan

Friday, March 1, 2019
GCIR RFP for a Consultant: Legal Services Scan

Proposed Consultancy

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, (GCIR), seeks to engage a research consultant or team of consultants to connect with a range of legal services stakeholders in California to understand and assess legal services capacity in the state. Based on an analysis of current capacity and gaps, this project will develop a set of funding strategies and recommendations that seek to maximize philanthropic investment and leverage the expanding efforts to publicly fund legal services at the state, local, and federal levels.

About GCIR and the California Immigrant Integration Initiative

Founded in 1990, GCIR works with more than 130 member foundations and the broader philanthropic community to inform, connect, and catalyze funders to address pressing issues facing newcomers and the communities in which they live and work. GCIR’s thought leadership and expertise position philanthropy to adapt to demographic trends, respond to policy developments, engage with cross-sector partners, and support timely and innovative efforts to advance equity, inclusion, and justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. With offices in the Bay Area, as well as remote staff in Washington, D.C., GCIR works with grantmakers across the country in both traditional immigrant destinations and newer gateways.

The California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII), a GCIR project launched in 2007, seeks to advance the civic and economic integration of immigrants by strengthening the immigrant integration infrastructure in communities across California. CIII facilitates funder engagement, peer-to-peer learning, and member-led initiatives that allow foundations to drill deep on specific issues and strategies – and target their work geographically. CIII also creates opportunities for funders to leverage the collective impact of their funding – and their leadership – to advance their institutional goals and energize the immigrant funding field.

Research Goals

The overall goal of this project is to provide California funders with a better understanding of the immigrant and refugee-related legal services landscape across the state and maximize philanthropic investment in legal services.

Contract Deliverables

A report with the following elements:

  • An Executive Summary with key findings and recommendations.
  • An analysis of findings based on interviews and surveys, including:
    • Currently available immigration-related legal services in key regions of the state and how they are funding
    • Key opportunities, challenges, and questions emerging from organizations providing these legal services
    • Identification of models, innovations, and best practices across the full spectrum of legal services
    • Recommendations for public and private funders to expand and strengthen legal services

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting key findings and recommendations

Content for infographic or other collateral materials

Application Process

Interested consultants should submit their scope of services, CV, and a cover letter including overview of relevant previous research experience, knowledge of the issues area, and list of clients/projects. Please also provide a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages) and proposed budget.

For questions and/or further information on this consultancy project, please contact Huong Nguyen-Yap, Director of California Programs, at [email protected] or 408.799.0267.

Please submit proposals to [email protected] no later than March 20 at 5:00pm PT.

Proposed Timeline

Release RFP: March 1
RFPs due to GCIR: March 20
Contract Award: April 5
Field Work and Analysis: April 15 – July 15
Draft Report: August 15
Final Report: September 15

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