The ACLU of Nebraska seeks strategic planning consultant(s) to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a three-year strategic plan for the organization utilizing an authentic and intersectional diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens which centers racial justice.


The budget for the entire scope of the project is $40,000.00 for all expenses including lodging, travel and meals, and payments to community members for their time if consulted for individual interviews or focus groups, etc.

ACLU of Nebraska History & Mission

Founded in 1966 and for over 50 years in Nebraska, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional and individual rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, we take up the toughest civil liberties fights. Beyond one person, party, or side — we the people dare to create a more perfect union.

The ACLU of Nebraska works to protect the civil rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the United States and Nebraska Constitutions. We pursue our mission through a sophisticated program of integrated advocacy which relies on litigation, policy advocacy, and community empowerment strategies.

The ACLU of Nebraska is a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit civil rights and civil liberties organization led by a 10-person team, an eighteen-member board of directors, and proud to count thousands of members and supporters within our organizations. To give us as many tools as possible to do this work, we are both a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organization. Because of our talented staff, dedicated board, generous supporters, and diverse partners, the ACLU of Nebraska has recently enjoyed unprecedented growth and is experiencing significant positive momentum and is truly making a difference in the lives of Nebraskans.

ACLU of Nebraska Strategic Planning History

Our existing strategic plan was developed in a year long process in consultation with ACLU national to guide our work from 2017 through 2020 and extended through 2021. Our strategic plan identifies LGBTQ rights, women's rights & reproductive justice, mass incarceration, police practices, and the First Amendment as top issues. Collaborative work regarding voting rights, racial justice, and immigration are also identified. These priorities were selected because they present the greatest need in Nebraska, play to our strengths, and because they are not in direct competition with other local partners. ACLU of Nebraska has been successful in these areas historically and almost no other Nebraska partner is doing consistent, systemic legal and policy work in these areas. As we enter the last year of our plan we are proud to benchmark significant progress but must be cognizant of the fact that much has changed in our organization, our work, the political landscape, and society that must be addressed to successfully defend against attacks and proactively seize opportunities to move civil rights and civil liberties forward. The board and staff are eager to develop a strategic plan that will guide our operations for the next three years to create a clear road map for the ever-evolving ACLU of Nebraska.

The Opportunity

We seek a consultant(s) to liaise with both staff and board to drive the strategic planning process forward.  The consultants will  design and steward the strategic planning process including assessing and sequencing which feedback to collect such as from internal stakeholders and external groups or community members; facilitate surveys, work sessions, individual interviews, and focus groups as needed; facilitate a board and staff retreat; and submit a final branded strategic plan document for external audiences that can be operationalized. The consultant(s) will be working with a board and staff team that includes experienced organization development (OD) consultants and facilitators and talented DEI consultants and facilitators – so expect that we will bring expertise, perspective, time, and talent to this process.

Response Requested

Proposals should not exceed five pages (plus attachments) and should include the following:

● Biographies: Brief biography and photos of all principals, partners, and facilitators. The ACLU strongly encourages consultant teams with people of color leading each component.

● Project Approach: How would you approach the scope of work? How would you recommend prioritizing or sequencing elements of the scope of work? What methods and resources would you use? What process will you establish to engage the organization’s staff, board, key community stakeholders, and possibly select Nebraska thought leaders?

● Qualifications: What experience do you have that would prepare you for this consultation? What frameworks do you bring that will embed diversity, equity and inclusion into this process and your approach?

● Fee: Provide a high-level itemized fee structure for the scope of work.

● Attachments: Provide relevant examples of your work you wish to share.

● References: Provide three references that can speak to your relevant work experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.


March 25 RFPs open
April 30 RFPs close
May 10 Consultants Notified
May 14 Interviews Scheduled
May 31 Consultant Team Selected
June Finalize MOU and Scope of Work

All material should be submitted by April 30, 2021 via email to Danielle Conrad, at Please feel free to also email Danielle Conrad if you have any questions. The current strategic plan will be shared with prospective consultants upon request.