Anti-Racism Consultant Request for Qualifications

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REQUESTING PARTY: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 11, 2020



Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) has a mission to engage diverse communities, to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Dreasjon Reed and many others in the spring of 2020 brought into sharp focus the obligation we all share to work to end racism and discrimination in all its forms. At Keep Indianapolis Beautiful we believe that a beautiful city is one that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, compassionate, caring, and just. At Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, we believe that Black Lives Matter.

We recognize that in addition to the current civil rights crisis, health crisis, and economic crisis, that pollution and climate change disproportionately affect communities of color. Our vision is a more just, equitable, and inclusive city of Indianapolis. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful commits to leverage our environmental efforts to create fertile and fruitful ground for educational, creative, and social progress and have developed two overarching goals:

  • KIB aims to create an inclusive, anti-racist and welcoming work environment where individuals can contribute and be respected in their perspectives, without bias.

  • KIB aims to create inclusive, anti-racist and welcoming environments throughout the city, where every resident has access to places to connect to nature.

To achieve these goals, we are pleased to release this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to begin our search for a consultant to facilitate anti-racism education, training, and strategic planning for the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful staff and board of directors. 




LAST DAY TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS: Monday, December 7, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 11, 2020 (11:59pm EST)

PLANNED NOTIFICATION: Friday, January 29, 2021


RFQ Details

We are currently accepting qualifications for a consultant who will meet the following requirements:

  • Experience facilitating anti-racism curricula 
  • Experience in facilitating group discussions on racism/anti-racism 
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations (staff and board) 
  • Experience leading a majority-white organization through this process 
  • Experience developing goals, strategies and tactics to improve diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of environmental racism
  • Knowledge of how non-profits can contribute to racist agendas 
  • Budget not to exceed $25,000


Submissions and Questions

Submissions are due no later than 11:59pm EST Friday, December 11, 2020, with a final decision communicated to all applicants by January 29, 2021. 

Proposals should include the following:

  1. Your company’s philosophy on equity and anti-racism (up to 1 page)
  2. Detail of your experience with each of the following (up to 10 pages):
    • Leading anti-racism facilitation
    • Working with non-profit organizations
    • Creating strategic/action plans
    • Contextualizing anti-racism curriculum into local history 
    • Environmental racism
  3. Examples of curricula that you have facilitated (up to 1 page)
  4. Estimate of fees and terms of payment (up to 1 page)
  5. Three to five client references, with contact information (up to 1 page)

Please address any questions and send proposals via email attachment to:

Belinda Betton
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
317.264.7555 ext.115

KIB will host a Zoom call on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 to address any questions that prospective applicants may have about the RFQ. These events will be recorded and available to view if prospective applicants cannot attend these sessions. Additionally, KIB will summarize all questions submitted through the Zoom calls or via email and post those on this page.


Selection Process

The selection committee will be comprised of representatives from the KIB staff, board of directors, and community we serve. 

Proposals will be evaluated using the following rubric:


Points Possible

1. Company Philosophy on equity and racism


2. Experience facilitating anti-racism training


3. Experience working with nonprofit organizations


4. Experience creating strategic/action plans


5. Experience contextualizing anti-racism curriculum into local history


6. Experience facilitating within a majority-white organization


7. Knowledge of environmental racism


8. Examples of curricula that you have facilitated


9. Estimate of fees and terms of payment


10. Three to five client references





The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our work, from supporting biodiversity in nature to engaging communities. KIB is an equal opportunity employer that encourages applicants, including persons of color, people who are LGBTQIA+, veterans, people who are multilingual or multicultural, and individuals of various ages and abilities to help us create a team with a broad range of backgrounds and thinking.