I need your help today. Specifically, I’m looking for some feedback on an idea a colleague and I have 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.
Here’s an overview:
- The site would accept listings for all the things organizations solicit bids for: IT, web, CRM/Ticketing, grant writing, marketing, data analysis, etc.
- Submitting listings would be free.
- In order to maintain a necessary degree of confidentiality, listings would remain behind a paid subscription wall.
- Providers would pay a small fee, via subscription model, to access full listings and submission info.
This quartet of features is what I think qualifies as a minimum viable service launch threshold, but I’m curious to know what you think.
I’m imagining something that is similar to the way ArtsAdminJobs.com currently operates, albeit the full listings would be behind a subscription wall.
For those who don’t deal with RFPs, it’s worth knowing that the motivating factors here coalesce around the pain that is compiling the specs, finding quality providers, then evaluating whatever comes in. The more we can centralize this process, the softer these pain points become.
If you’re an arts and culture sector admin or provider, thank you in advance for completing this brief survey. And please feel free to leave a comment or send along your thoughts via direct message.