Strategic Plannning Request for Proposals

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021


To solicit proposals from consultants experienced in strategic planning to lead Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) through a long-range strategic planning process.

Specifically, HCAH is seeking a consultant to provide the following services:

• Work with a Strategic Planning Team, comprised of Board Members, Staff, and Stewardship Committee members, to articulate a clear strategic plan for HCAH for 2022-2027. This five-year plan should identify specific fundraising, grant making, communication, and programming objectives for the organization to pursue in furtherance of its vision of justice.

• Conduct confidential internal/external surveys and focus groups to evaluate HCAH’s success in achieving its goals from its inception and conduct a general SWOT analysis of internal and external perceptions of the organization.
• Develop SMART(I)(E)ER goals for moving forward and a timetable of implementation with specific measurable benchmarks, objectives and tasks to be accomplished to achieve these goals. Identify clear, measurable outcomes for how to assess organizational and strategic effectiveness, impact, and success.
• Review and evaluate existing Coalition structure, model, and systems of operations in order to offer suggestions to maximize efficiency.
• Establish a framework and process for the organization’s leadership to effectively implement the strategic plan and monitor progress toward achievement of goals and objectives.
• Facilitate execution of all confidentiality agreements, meetings, surveys, and focus groups and provide leadership, direction, and expert consultation and advice related to the development of an effective strategic plan, including successful implementation.
• Deliverable should be a clear, easily consumed strategic planning roadmap, accompanied by a strategic planning timeline, implementation, and evaluation methodology.
• Provide continued support and guidance past the planning phase into and throughout implementation as needed.

• Review and evaluate existing Coalition structure, model, and systems of operations in order to offer suggestions to maximize efficiency.

Introduction and Background

Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) is a powerful force for good in our community. Our network of 55+ members are committed to addressing all incidents of hate, bias, violence, discrimination and on the basis of a person or group’s religion, race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, abilities, age, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, immigration status, or genetic information.

HCAH envisions a city where everyone is respected and valued, regardless of their identity. We work toward this vision by helping our members develop relationships with one another that exponentially build their capacity and enhance the social fabric of our community. As we support the community leaders who comprise our membership, they in turn elevate the voices of the populations they represent, which strengthens our collective ability to pursue meaningful change.
HCAH also co-creates innovative and inclusive public programming that brings people of different identities together and offers cutting-edge professional development workshops that help our members grow. Additionally, we support meaningful research into the state of hate in our community to empower the systemic change we hope to see.
The Coalition was established in 2017 as a component field of interest fund with Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF). In May 2020, HCAH transitioned to a nonprofit 509(a)3 supporting organization status under GHCF’s non-profit 501(c)3 status. It has grown from an initiative lead by one part-time consultant Coordinator to having an operational backbone of 2 full-time staff (Executive and Assistant Directors), 3 part-time consultants, Stewardship Committee, and Board of Directors.
Our members serve on three working committees: Prevention, Research & Response, and Advocacy & Policy. The Stewardship Committee is comprised of the Chairs of the three working committees, the HCAH Board Member Representative, and the Executive Director (as a non-voting member). One to two additional Coalition members may be invited to serve at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Justice Statement

In order to repair generations of harm, HCAH recognizes the need to consciously adopt a new paradigm that transcends inclusion and strives to create balance by first acknowledging the disparities of the past, then encouraging action leading toward solid institutional, organizational, and societal cultural shifts. We call forth and commit to leadership pipelines and mentorship programs for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), along with people from all ethnicities, genders/gender identities, religions, ages, and abilities in order to have people in strategic positions who represent society and the community served.

In light of this stance, priority will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing racial, economic, and legal justice for marginalized populations. All strategic planning must be conducted through a lens of justice over equity as laid out in our Justice Statement, which can be read in its entirety here. BIPOC, women, and all people from oppressed, marginalized identities and/or communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Specific areas that need to be addressed in the creation of a five-year strategic plan include but are not be limited to:

  • An environmental scan that examines internal and external opportunities and perceptions impacting the organization’s ability to achieve mission
  • A thorough assessment of infrastructure needs including, but not limited to, space, technology, human capital, and financial resources
  • The development of a sustainable financial and programmatic model to achieve goals
  • The proposal will provide an executive summary of the work that will be performed by the consultant and a detailed work breakdown structure with timeframes of the steps that will be taken to develop a strategic plan


HCAH will examine the following factors and criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposal addresses the clearly defined issues and describes the scope of work
  • Plans and methodology to be used to perform the services
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice and belonging
  • Qualifications and experience of consultant related to strategic planning
  • Availability for work to commence August 2021, with strategic plan draft presented to the HCAH board no later than January 2022, and with final draft delivered by February 2022
  • Project budget
Application Process & Procedures

Please provide a complete written response that is double-spaced and does not exceed 15 single-sided pages. Proposals should include the following components:

  • Executive Summary
  • Description or mission statement of the applicant’s general approach to
    strategic planning consultation, including but not limited to, shared values, methodology, perspective, or philosophy that guides your work with organizations in this undertaking
  • Clear explanation of how the consultant will address the management issues to be examined at HCAH
  • List of project deliverables to be created with a detailed timeline for each deliverable and overall project completion
  • Detailed budget that breaks out expenses
  • Credentials and qualifications of key personnel who will take responsibility for working directly on this project
  • Example(s) of a finished strategic plan created by your company
  • References

Applicants must submit one (1) electronic copy of the proposal. Please note that HCAH will not reimburse applicants for any costs incurred in the development of proposals.

For questions or more information, please contact Liz Peterson, Assistant Director at

Please send completed proposals, by June 30, 2021 to Marjorie Joseph, Executive Director at


The Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) is a network of community-based organizations, institutions and leaders in Houston, TX that have come together to collectively address incidents of bias, hate, discrimination and violence against Houstonians because of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and immigration status.