UPDATED with Q&A Received – RFP: Organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultants – Due 12/21

Proposals are due on Monday, December 21st at 12:00 PM EST. Please use the “Apply for This Job” section at the bottom of this page. You can include your entire proposal with supporting documents under the “Additional Document” upload link.

To read the responses to all questions received during the informational session on December 9th, click here.


FUSE Corps is committed to becoming a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist organization. We have set goals and objectives to: 

To that end, FUSE seeks to partner with an experienced consultant or firm to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion and infuse an anti-racist lens within our operations. The consultant will a) conduct an organizational assessment of our internal culture, policies, and practices b) create a strategic plan to provide direction and support in making concrete improvements in the areas of DEI and c) provide education and training opportunities for staff to support learning.  


FUSE is a national nonprofit that partners with local government agencies to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing their communities. In pursuit of this mission, FUSE runs an executive-level fellowship program in civic innovation that is focused on accelerating cross-sector collaboration and community-based problem solving. FUSE partners with city leaders to identify key strategic challenges and then recruits entrepreneurial professionals who spend a year working in local government to address those challenges. Typically FUSE Fellows have an average of 15-20 years of professional experience and are uniquely qualified for their individual projects as well as the program as a whole. FUSE Fellows are uniquely positioned to achieve transformative impact across issues areas such as education, health, social services, economic development, public safety, and the environment. 

As a mission-driven organization dedicated to the success of urban communities, FUSE has always had a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It has been at the core of the organization’s values since our founding and has been a central element of how we develop strategic projects with governments, recruit executives as program participants, provide training and coaching to our staff and fellows, and communicate through storytelling about our work.

This year, FUSE Fellows have been at the frontline of local government response across the country, working to ensure communities emerge more resilient and equitable from the numerous crises affecting our nation. 

In July 2020, FUSE launched a DEI task force that includes a racially diverse array of representatives from every level of the organization and functional departments. This group will be working closely with the Board, staff, fellows, and alumni to assess the organization’s current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to make recommendations for organizational improvement, and dismantle practices that do not amplify our core values. We know that dismantling institutional racism, bias, and inequity will require structural reforms. This is a moment of organizational evaluation and accountability. We acknowledge that these reforms cannot happen without the intentional inclusion of our staff as we aim to provide a work environment where our employees feel empowered to show up each day as their best selves. As part of this effort, FUSE is committed to creating thoughtful, strategic plans and implementations centered around diversity, equity and inclusion, with an anti-racist lens, for our internal organizational operations and practices. 

In 2021, we are redoubling our focus on dismantling systemic racism and advancing racial equity through our work with local governments, national philanthropic partners like the Ford Foundation, and high-profile supporters. 


Through this RFP, FUSE seeks to engage a qualified consultant to a) conduct a full organizational assessment of our internal culture, policies, and practices around diversity, inclusion, and equity, b) create a strategic plan which would provide the assessment’s findings and a short and long-term roadmap for making concrete improvements in the areas of DEI and c) provide education and training for staff. FUSE anticipates the project to be long-term. FUSE will evaluate the length of the contract based on the deliverables completed within the first 4-6 months. 

The following scope of work represents the anticipated short and longer-term deliverables. 



Selection Process 

Activity Date
RFP Released November 24, 2020
Information Session December 9, 2020
Posting of responses to questions December 11, 2020
Proposal Due December 21, 2020 at 12pm ET
Interviews January 11 – 14, 2021
Contractor Selected January 19 – 21, 2021
Contract Start Date February 16, 2021


FUSE Corps will review the vendors based on the review process detailed below. Proposals must score satisfactorily in each level of review in order to move on to the next level of review or for final selection, as applicable.

Required Documentation

The documents listed in this section are required to respond to this RFP. Omission of any document/form will constitute an incomplete proposal and may be grounds for disqualification. Applications that exceed FUSE Corps’s page limitation requirements will be adjusted by the removal of page(s) from the application.

Failure to submit all required attachments may constitute an incomplete proposal and may be grounds for disqualification. Vendors are responsible for any errors or omissions in their proposals and applications. In order to respond to this RFP, please complete and submit your proposal and all required documents to FUSE Corps no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on December 21, 2020. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure, prior to submission, that its proposal reflects the requirements of this solicitation.

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