RFP: Strategic Planning for the NYIC

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is soliciting proposals from qualified strategic planning consultants/firms to lead a strategic planning process. We are seeking consultants that have experience with coalitions, are well-versed in social justice issues, and have a basic familiarity with immigration issues and the landscape of immigrant-serving and –led organizations in New York. We invite appropriate candidates to submit a proposal by Wednesday, June 30, 2021 for consideration.

About the New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition(NYIC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City with offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, Westchester and Long Island. As a coalition of 200 member organizations serving the 4.5 Million immigrants across New York State, the NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Established in 1987 in order to coordinate services and advocacy in the wake of the 1986 immigration reform law, the NYIC has evolved since that time to become a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state, and national levels. The NYIC’s membership includes grassroots community organizations, nonprofit health & human services organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, and legal, social, and economic justice organizations.

With its multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector base, the NYIC provides both a forum for immigrant groups to share their concerns and a vehicle for collective action to bring about positive social change locally, in Albany, and nationally. The NYIC brings a racial justice lens to its programs and works to develop innovative policies, promote and protect the rights of immigrants and their family members, improve newcomers’ access to services, develop leadership and capacity in immigrant communities, expand civic participation, and mobilize member groups and allies to respond to emerging issues and needs.

The NYIC is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors, made up of representatives of leaders from our member organizations across the state as well as individual members who bring expertise and insight in nonprofit management and the issues facing New York’s immigrant communities.
In addition, the NYIC’s sister organization, NYIC Action, a 501c4 organization, endorses candidates for office and has an Independent Expenditures Committee. NYIC Action works to create a political system that respects immigrant voices and is responsive to diverse community needs.

The context for this planning process

The NYIC completed its last strategic plan in the summer of 2016. In large part this plan has been successfully completed. The NYIC has increased its statewide presence and thereby, its influence in cities across the state, especially in Albany and increasingly in Washington D.C.

The election of Trump in the fall of 2016 elevated immigrant issues dramatically and demanded much greater leadership from the NYIC. We grew from a budget of under $5 million to over $10 million and our staff more than doubled to roughly 50 members. Facing down the Trump Administration on a daily basis and our rapid growth has created strength and many opportunities; it has also led to burnout, pain points and staff turnover. We have risen to many challenges since the pandemic and lockdown. Our investments in technology, tools and infrastructure have enabled us to pivot to remote work and even increase our impact. The organization is agile and our talented staff is dedicated to and aligned with our mission.

In the last few years the NYIC has won numerous legislative campaigns, including passage of the Greenlight Bill which allows drivers’ license for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status; we were the lead plaintiff in a case decided by the Supreme Court excluding the citizenship question in the 2020 Census, we distributed over $2.7 million in emergency cash to immigrant families that were excluded from the first COVID relief bills. See our website nyic.org for much more on our campaigns and impact.

In September of 2020, Steven Choi stepped down as Executive Director. The board of directors conducted a robust search and in mid-April named Murad Awawdeh the new Executive Director of the NYIC.

The NYIC is at a significant point of inflection - catalyzed by new leadership and a new environmental context in Washington and soon in New York City.

Parameters of the Project

This consulting engagement will help us to navigate the work of gathering information, stakeholder interviews, scanning our environment and relevant trends and threats in our space and develop an analysis of this research. We also wish to refresh our mission, vision and values statements; develop a theory of change; determine our 2022-2026 strategic goals and the strategies, objectives, tactics, metrics and timeline that we will use to achieve our goals and measure our impact. The plan will focus on both our external goals and how to build our organization internally to achieve these goals in the areas of fundraising, governance and organizational structure and development.

The Strategic Plan will put forward an organizational strategy that:

  • articulates five-year programmatic goals that meet the needs of this political,
    economic and social and racial justice time,
  • is grounded in close consultation with our member organizations, peers, allies,
    partners, funders and advocates with which we work,
  • establishes criteria by which we can stay focused, aligned and demonstrate
    impact, and
  • builds our capacity and agility as a movement leader
  • develops our internal processes to grow more effective and strengthen our team
    work and cross team collaboration

This Strategic Planning process will result in a clear 5-year strategy from which we will develop annual plans and priorities and it should position the NYIC to continue to play a powerful, unique leadership role in New York’s social justice and nonprofit community. We prefer to complete our Strategic Plan by years end or close to that time frame.

Qualifications

The consultant/firm should have relevant experience in working with nonprofit and public sector organizations to develop strategic plans that respond effectively to internal, environmental, political and fiscal realities. Experience working with agencies that are active on immigration issues is preferred, but not required.

RFP Requirements

The NYIC requests proposals of no more than 5 (five) pages in length that describe your experience providing strategic planning services to similar organizations, your proposed process for providing these services, and a proposed timeline and budget for these services. 
Please provide a budget that includes: number of estimated hours, billing rate, estimated out-of-pocket costs, and 3 reference names with contact information – preferably for people that you have recently provided services. Please note whether you can facilitate a 1.5-2 hour Strategic Planning Kick Off meeting with our board members via zoom on July 21 and/or 22.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF Format to: Sara Stuart, NYIC Vice President of Operations ([email protected]). Please reference: Strategic Planning. Proposals must be received by the NYIC by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Only selected proposals will be contacted regarding next steps.