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Requesting proposals to facilitate organizational racial justice work


The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is looking for a racial justice and organizational development consultant with prior experience working with social change nonprofits to plan and facilitate internal racial justice trainings that will promote organizational change. This project will require a significant amount of collaboration and PCAR seeks a partner that would be able to start this project by March 1, 2020.



The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. In addition to Pennsylvania-specific work, PCAR operates the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and is a partner in Raliance.

PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PCAR assures that communities have access to quality victim services and prevention education by providing funding, training, materials, and assistance to a network of rape crisis centers that serve all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PCAR provides resources and training on sexual assault-related issues to professionals across the Commonwealth. PCAR promotes public policies that provide protections and services to victims of sexual violence, hold offenders accountable, enhance community safety, and works with media to increase public awareness, access to accurate information, and ethical reporting practices.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends in sexual assault prevention into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. NSVRC was chartered in 2000 by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and is one of the three founding organizations of Raliance, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.

At present time the combined organizations employ 55 people. The majority of employees work at our Harrisburg office while some staff are located across the country, and work remotely. PCAR operates within feminist philosophy. PCAR aspires to a work culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and respectful for all who interact with us in any way. We are passionate about our work and our Mission and we strive for excellence when meeting or exceeding the needs of our constituents, partners, visitors, and colleagues. Our workplace values social justice and inclusion. We offer many types of flexibility for employees, based upon individual circumstances and job responsibilities. We are inter-dependent (require things from one another), responsive to the needs of constituents and colleagues, treat one another with respect and kindness, and strive to assume the best of each other. We also strive to recognize that our impact can be different from our intentions and take responsibility for our impact both individually and collectively as an organization. We aspire to approach different points of view with open-mindedness and curiosity. We encourage self-care, growth, creativity, and thoughtful risk-taking. We strive to practice open and ethical communication and encourage continuous learning.

In recent years, PCAR has been striving to be more intentional about being an anti-racist organization. Examples include reviewing policies and procedures with a racial justice lens, incorporating a racial justice goal in our strategic plan, allocating resources for racial justice-focused workgroups, hosting book discussions for staff, and engaging in quarterly and annual trainings.



We are seeking an organization or consultant who has the ability to facilitate organizational social change, specifically racial justice work for nonprofit organizations. Additionally, preference will be given to organizations or consultants who understand the intersections of sexual violence and oppression. Over the course of a year, we are seeking facilitation for quarterly half-day in-person trainings. Consultant will work with PCAR to tailor trainings and activities that will complement and expand previous efforts. Facilitation must be inclusive of offsite staff who may be participating remotely. Additionally, we are seeking goals, skills and activities staff can complete in-between quarterly trainings. Ongoing communications with PCAR staff throughout the project is required.



  • A training plan detailing goals and objectives and proposed outline of content, activities, and timeline.
  • Description of evaluation process and measurements of success.
  • Engagement in a process of discovery to understand organizational culture.
  • Quarterly trainings tentatively scheduled for May 7, August 6, November 5, 2020, and February 4, 2021 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST.



  • Applicant name and/or agency and contact information.
  • Description of relevant training, expertise, and experience.
  • List of specific work you have conducted with a similar focus and provide three examples of previous work (attachment).
  • Three references.
  • Training plan detailing pre-training discovery process, learning objectives, proposed outline of content, activities and timeline, including strategies to include and engage off-site participants.
  • Hourly rate and estimated time dedicated to project.
  • Suggested proposal length is 4-6 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font) not including the resume or three examples of previous work. Succinct responses are appreciated.



Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the following:

Jackie Strohm, Prevention & Resource Coordinator,, 717-728-9740 x143



Applicants are welcome to schedule calls to ask questions about the RFP and PCAR’s racial justice engagement to date. Contact Tatiana Piper, Community Advocacy Coordinator,, 717-728-9740 x162



To be considered, proposals must be received by close of business, January 17, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 29, 2020.



This project is contingent upon available funding.