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Request for Proposals: Fundraising Consultant for the New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is soliciting proposals for a qualified fundraising consultant to expand the base of individual and major donors. The NYIC seeks a consultant with experience in nonprofit fundraising, including special events and major giving, and ideally a basic familiarity with immigration issues and the landscape of immigrant-serving and –led organizations in New York City and New York State.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a proposal by Friday, October 10, 2014 for consideration.
Organizational Information

The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 150 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.  Established in 1987, the NYIC has evolved to become a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state, and national levels.  The NYIC’s membership includes grassroots community organizations, nonprofit health and human services organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, and legal, social, and economic justice organizations. 

With its multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector base, the NYIC provides both a forum for immigrant groups to share their concerns and a vehicle for collective action to bring about positive social change locally and nationally.  The NYIC works to develop innovative policies, promote and protect the rights of immigrants, improve newcomers’ access to services, develop their leadership, expand civic participation, and mobilize member groups and allies to respond to emerging issues. 
Outline of Fundraising Consulting Engagement

The New York Immigration Coalition seeks a consultant to help significantly increase and diversify its individual and major donor support through several vehicles including intensive donor cultivation, the diversification of the Board of Directors, and special events. The consultant will work closely with the Executive Director, Managing Director, and Development Associate.

The consultant will be tasked with the following responsibilities:
  • Help identify, research, and create a strategy to strengthen relationships with existing supporters
  • Help identify new individual supporters, and create a strategy to cultivate these new individuals
  • Plan and execute special events intended to strengthen and leverage ties with existing and new individual supporters, including house parties & donor gatherings
  • Provide key assistance incorporating existing and new individual supporters in our end-of-year appeal and annual fundraising Gala in 2015

These efforts should result in:

  • A significantly stronger base of individual and major donors
  • New individual Board members who are able to fundraise for the NYIC
  • Several successful fundraising events, and a model for replicating these events
  • An awareness of and ability to utilize best practices around executing donor drives, leveraging new media, maximizing our database for fundraising purposes, etc.
  • Greater visibility of the NYIC among New York’s philanthropic community
  •  A firm sense of how to maintain and expand the network of supporters after the consulting relationship concludes


Candidates should have a proven track record of successful nonprofit fundraising, including experience with special events, board engagement, and major giving. Experience working with agencies that are active on immigration issues is helpful, but not required. Familiarity with high-net-worth individuals among New York’s philanthropic communities is a strong plus.

RFP Requirements

To apply, candidates must submit a résumé with a proposal of no more than three (3) pages that describes their experience providing fundraising support to similar organizations, as well as a proposed process for providing these services. Please also provide three (3) reference names and contact information – preferably for whom you have recently provided services, as well as a three-month budget that includes: number of estimated hours, billing rate, estimated out-of-pocket costs.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF Format to hr@thenyic.org.
Please reference “Fundraising Consultant” in the subject line. Proposals review will be done on an ongoing basis. Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014 for consideration.
Phone calls will not be accepted regarding this RFP.
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