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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

JOBS - Urgent/Jan 31 - Marketing and Development Consultant (Assistive Tech related)

January 17, 2011

Dear Interested Parties:
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Inc. (CFILC) seeks a qualified Marketing and Development Consultant to assist in identifying and acquiring revenue to support the California Assistive Technology Re-use Coalition (CATRC).
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Inc. (CFILC) is a non-profit membership organization representing 25 of California’s community-based, peer-operated Independent Living Centers. CFILC and its members advocate and act to remove barriers to independence for Californians with disabilities.

CFILC operates the AT Network program under contract with the California Department of Rehabilitation. The AT Network exists to connect Californians with disabilities to the assistive technology (AT) they need. AT Network programs and services include:
  •  Statewide information and referral on assistive technology issues;
  •  AT training for AT Network members and for all Californians;
  •  AT Re-use Initiative; and
  • 13 AT device loan centers located throughout California.

 The CATRC represents several diverse organizations that collectively focus on promoting the re-use of assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment (DME) within California. AT / DME are devices, technologies, and products which assist people with disabilities – either permanent or temporary – to lead more engaged, active, and healthy lives. The Coalition has a broad charter to educate and engage various constituents in the numerous benefits of AT / DME re-use. Some of the numerous benefits of AT/DME re-use include financial benefits for individuals, significant positive impact to healthcare costs, and the availability of much needed AT / DME to a broader range of consumers, and significant positive impact to the environment.

The Marketing and Development Consultant will work closely with the leadership of CATRC to research and identify funding sources supporting the agenda of CATRC. Sources of funding may include grants, sponsorships, fee for service, donations, contracts, in-kind gifts, et al.

The Consultant will work with the Re-use Coalition to initiate contacts with potential funding sources and support the efforts of the Coalition by providing feedback and leads for potential funders. The Marketing and Development Consultant will work in collaboration with the Capacity Development Committee, and will provide monthly reports regarding contract deliverables and invoices to CFILC.  

Within one month of contracting for services, the selected Consultant will present:
  • A plan that describes how additional resources can be raised. The plan will include a timeline to conclude June 30, 2012; and
  • List potential funding sources likely to support efforts of the coalition including foundations, corporations, individuals and others that are a good match for the mission of the coalition.
From month two through the end of the contract period, consultant will research and write proposals. All potential proposal ideas will be pre-approved by the Capacity Development Committee before proposal work begins. All completed proposals will be approved by the Committee at least one week before the submission deadline.

In three pages, briefly provide:
  • A history of your company, including number of years in business, and credentials of principle staff;
  • A summary of your experience developing similar plans for non-profit organizations with emphasis on proposals in the disability community; including three references and contact information;
  • A summary of your knowledge and understanding of producing proposals for funding of projects/programs;
  • Writing sample not to exceed three pages that may or may not include grant proposals, donation appeals or corporate solicitations (not included in proposal three page limit);
  • Budget and budget narrative proposal with all items including a narrative statement and rationale.

This RFP is not a commitment to contract for services. CFILC reserves the right to reject any and all responses without cause. A contractor will be considered based on review of the information within proposals, quality of samples provided, contacts with references, costs, and other budgetary and time considerations.
CFILC will accept emailed responses to the Request for Proposal until January 31st, 2012. Responses received after that time and date will not be considered. The expected contract award date is February 15, 2012. Final award of the contract is based on the availability of funds.
Please email proposals to: with the subject line: AT Network RFP Response Marketing and Development Consultant. Questions about this RFP are encouraged and should be addressed to Shannon Coe, CFILC at 916-325-190 ext. 353 or All inquiries will be answered within three business days and should be submitted no later than January 25th, 2012.

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