REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation (TRHT) Fundraising Consultant

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Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a social justice philanthropic intermediary founded in 2005 as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s communities after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Our founders recognized that the centuries of violence and discrimination behind the disparities made clear to the rest of the world by the 2005 hurricanes would take generations to address and transitioned LDRF from a spend-down foundation into Foundation for Louisiana in order to   address the longstanding inequities that have shaped life outcomes for the most marginalized of Louisianans. Our programs grew in response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial, climate, criminal-legal system, and economic justice.  

Since its inception, FFL has invested $59 million in more than 260 mission-critical nonprofit organizations working across the state towards building a more just Louisiana. As a social justice philanthropic intermediary, FFL’s work unapologetically advances racial justice while moving Louisiana forward. The foundation engages communities in both program co-design as well as its grant-making process, in order to expand opportunities and move communities towards a more just future. 



Foundation for Louisiana is embarking on an ambitious and bold endeavor to transform the way in which racial equity is perceived and addressed in Louisiana by launching the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) framework with support from the WK Kellogg Foundation. FFL is committed to advancing racial healing, equity and justice in the state of Louisiana, focusing on New Orleans and Baton Rouge for the implementation of the TRHT framework. Both cities have different goals and objectives based on the political context, socioeconomic needs, opportunities, strengths and struggles in each location. These goals and objectives dovetail into FFL’s racial justice strategy which shapes our work across the organization not just as tenets of our racial justice program. 

The Racial Justice program developed three priority areas that seek to: 1) tell the truth about our past and present while speaking unapologetically about the future we demand, a future in which all people are free, respected, and loved (Narrative Change & Truth-telling); 2) name the ways in which discriminatory social systems harm individuals and communities of color and advance healing justice as a political framework and an active practice of resistance and liberation (Healing Justice); and 3) amplify collective imagining for more just futures by facilitating the growth and resourcing of justice infrastructure as directed by our allies and partners (Movement Strengthening). We work towards progress in these three focus areas by means of three key approaches that are shared across all of FFL’s programmatic work in the areas of racial justice, climate justice, economic justice, gender justice and criminal justice reform and transformation: 1) Amplify People Power; 2) Advance Just Policy, and 3) Cultivate a New Narrative. 

The fundraising consultant will help FFL’s Racial Justice program with resourcing the programmatic activities that are planned and executed as part of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation endeavor and as part of the broader Racial Justice program strategy.   



FFL invites applications from experienced fundraising consultants to research grant opportunities, develop and write content for grant proposals to augment internal fundraising capacity.  The selected consultant will work closely with FFL’s Racial Justice program and development team under the direction of the Director of Development and Vice President of Programs. This contract is from March to June budgeted up to $13,800.



  • Review previously submitted grant applications, lists of previous and current donors, and other relevant materials to ensure refinement and development of a robust donor pool for transformational gifts
  • Conduct prospect research and develop a comprehensive list of newly identified institutional donors that have high affinity for racial justice and appropriate giving capacity based on wealth indicators. 
  • Identify and prepare between 5 and 10 new funding proposals and opportunities in strategic collaboration with FFL staff leads
  • Plan and facilitate bi-monthly or monthly progress status/strategic meetings with FFL’s staff leads to review and assess progress, share learnings, present questions or emerging challenges, and to refine fundraising goals as needed to ensure strategic alignment and overall success. Progress and status reports can be conducted in the form of written status updates or via meetings between program leads and Radical Southern Strategies staff or project lead/primary point of contact



  • At least five years of work experience as a professional fundraiser in the non-profit sector, preferably for social justice and movement organizations
  • Advanced analysis of racism, transphobia, homophobia and other systemic oppressions and the ways they intersect; ability to translate that analysis into impactful and accessible narrative
  • Demonstrated experience with leading framing and narrative development that centers racial and social justice
  • Alignment with FFL’s core values of community wisdom, commitment, integrity, and courage 
  • A nuanced understanding of the regional and national social justice funding landscape and funding trends and a demonstrated ability to effectively link those trends/opportunities to FFL’s racial justice work 
  • Exemplary writing, editing, and proofreading skills including the ability to craft a compelling narrative 
  • The ability to successfully manage multiple priorities to ensure timely submission of materials and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs
  • Understanding of or ability to rapidly gain context regarding the historic and current funding disparities in the South versus other regions of the United States 



Proposals should include the following: 

  • Name of the organization or individual making the proposal
  • Primary contact person and contact information 
  • Detailed response to the core activities listed above 
  • Names and relevant background information for individuals (including primary contact) who would be assigned to work with FFL 
  • Examples of past work, including at least one successful (i.e., funded) grant proposal
  • Proposed scope of work with estimated costs or fees for services -  SCOPE OF WORK TEMPLATE



  • Familiarity with fundraising in social justice contexts/in support of racial justice and healing justice
  • Depth of Background/experience 
  • Degree of alignment to FFL’s mission and core values 
  • Clearly stated rate/fees (deliverables-based billing)


DEADLINE: 5PM Friday March 15, 2024 Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Unfortunately, we are unable to give individual extensions to this deadline.

Proposals should be submitted to Caryn Blair, Philanthropy Manager via email at on behalf of Chantelle Pierre, Director of Development. 

Applications Open: March 1, 2024

Applications Close: March 15, 2024

Applications Reviewed: March 18, 2024

Selection & Notification:March 19, 2024

Contract Start Date: late- March, 2024

We encourage proposals from people with disabilities and are available to discuss reasonable accommodation for any applicant who may need them to facilitate submission.  To inquire about accommodation, please email the address listed above or call FFL at 225.383.1672.  Please refrain from making phone calls for any reason other than to request application accommodation.  


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY                                              

Foundation for Louisiana aspires towards freedom for all Louisianans and aims to create a fully inclusive and affirming workplace for all people.  We welcome and encourage proposals from people who have been involved with the criminal legal system. 

Foundation for Louisiana follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, criminal justice background, and marital status.

This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, grant partners, board members and dealings with the public.