Nonprofit Bids Is Coming Soon And It Needs Your RFPs


By: Drew McManus

In: Catch All

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the interest inquiry about creating an online Request For Proposal (RFP) portal that nonprofit arts and culture orgs could use, free of charge, to post RFPs and solicit bids. The overwhelmingly positive feedback means it is going to be a thing and you can expect it to launch mid-March, just in time for the 2020 NTEN Conference.

And in order to make sure it’s ready for launch, we need to stock it with as many RFP’s as possible.

Submit Your RFPs

Since the site won’t be accessible until it goes live, nonprofits benefit from having Nonprofit Bids staff handle content entry. All we need is a copy of your RFP.

Everything needed for the listing is likely in that document and you can let us know which bid category to assign or we’ll just use best judgement. If there are any questions, we will reach out to confirm. We can also create a user account for you with the contact information provided so you can manage the listing and post new RFPs in the future.

Here’s a mockup of what your RFP will look like.

  • If yes, you will receive an email notification with your login credentials and temporary password at the time the account is created.
  • pdf, doc, docx
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 2 MB.

It Also Needs Providers

It takes two to tango and we’ll need providers to connect with all these nonprofits. “Providers” include everything from big budget agencies and firms through single practitioners. You can sign up for pre-launch information and a notification when the site becomes open for registration.

As an incentive: the first 50 subscribers get a special 50% discount. Why? Because discounts are awesome…and early birds deserve something besides worms.

Signing up for the launch list means you have the best possible chance at being in the first 50.

What’s The Connection Between ArtsHacker and Nonprofit Bids?

Nonprofit Bids will become a sister site to, which is owned and operated by ArtsHacker’s Editor-in-Chief, Drew McManus. You can expect to begin seeing a feed of new opportunities to appear alongside the existing jobs listings in the sidebar menu.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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