December 07, 2020

OCF Seeks to Deepen Racial Equity Work – RFP launched today

The cascading events across Oregon and our nation in 2020 clearly illuminate how Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities are disproportionately impacted by racial disparities and systemic racism. OCF’s efforts to support BIPOC communities is guided by a clear understanding of these troubling disparities, fostered by continued learning, self-reflection, and engagement with our diverse community and staff.

We affirm our commitment to address racial equity and widening gaps in opportunity for Oregon’s most vulnerable populations as we advance our mission, and we acknowledge there is more work to do. Our commitment includes promoting a diverse, inclusive and welcoming work environment for our staff, who are essential to help us advance equity, diversity and inclusion in our work.

To that end, today we released a request for proposals for racial equity assessment work in two general areas: 1) community impact, specifically a review of OCF grantmaking and community engagement efforts; and 2) an organizational review of OCF’s workplace climate.

Our goal is to leverage the findings from this body of work to guide OCF’s understanding and enhancement of the foundation’s anti-racist competencies.  We are seeking strategies and best practices to strengthen relationships with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) communities, update grant making approaches, and to enhance our workplace culture. In addition, recommendations will assist us in developing concrete, measurable plans to advance racial equity and justice in our work.

We anticipate work beginning in January and conducted throughout the year. 

Interested consultants - send proposals to Mariann Hyland, by January 15, 2021.

Request for Proposals

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