FAQs: Working with Consultants
Do I need Consultant Quotes?
We like to see that applicants have solicited information from two to three consultants either through conversation or a written proposal. This is mainly to benefit the nonprofit applicant who will learn something from each consultant discussion.While multiple consultant quotes are preferred, they are not required. We recognize that there are some circumstances when multiple quotes may be a burden, not a benefit. If, for example, you’ve worked with a consultant previously and wish to re-hire or have identified someone you feel is appropriate based on a recommendation, there’s no need to search further. Be sure to include your reasoning for selecting this consultant in your proposal.
When Should I Submit Consultant Quotes to the Foundation?
Applicants may submit consultant proposals at any point in the application process – in tandem with the concept paper, with the application or prior to the board meeting in which proposals are reviewed.
Does the Foundation Recommend Consultants?
Applicants should select the consultant they feel best fits their need. The Foundation will not influence or second guess the nonprofit’s decision.We have a database of consultants considered or hired by our grant partners and are happy to share the list with you. We do not endorse these consultants.
Can I Use Internal Resources in Place of or in Tandem with a Consultant?
Our capacity building grants are designed to strengthen an organization, not cover its operating costs. Our policy is not to pay the salary of a staff member working on a capacity building project. However, there may be circumstances where it makes sense to include some salary costs in the project budget. For example, if the project requires that a part-time employee temporarily work more hours to participate in or complete the project, those hours may be included. If you have questions around this issue, we encourage you to contact staff.
Working with a Consultant: Please read our blog post for information and resources.
Posted December 22, 2016