Looking for a Strategic Planner to Support our Work

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The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) is a ten-year-old organization dedicated to building a foundation of equitable opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade. NCECF seeks a talented contractor to engage NCECF’s Board of Directors, staff, and, as appropriate, key partners, in a strategic plan, since the current plan expires in December 2023. 

NCECF’s goal is to complete the strategic and business planning process in a three-month period – by August 2023. Please include a detailed timeline with the proposal.


The strategic planning refresh process should lead to a written three-year plan outlining the strategic initiatives and supporting goals which will provide the framework to guide recommendations for building a strategic communications plan moving forward (using existing and/or building new communications tools). 

It should include the following elements all rooted in an explicit, though not exclusive, racial equity frame: is it a framework that we are asking them to use? Is it the process or the product?


The Contractor must have demonstrated competency in performing services defined in the Scope of Work Section of this RFP and/or subcontract or partner with other(s) who do. Contractor should provide the name, address, and telephone number for a reference for three projects completed in the last year. Familiarity with the early childhood landscape in North Carolina.

A link to the Request for Proposal can be found online here. For consideration, proposals must be emailed to mgrant@buildthefoundation.org by February 10, 2023, at 5:00 PM EST.


The NC Early Childhood Foundation is driven by a bold – and achievable – vision: Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being supported by a comprehensive, equitable birth-to-eight ecosystem. We build understanding, lead collaboration, and advance policies to ensure each North Carolina child is on track for lifelong success by the end of third grade.

NCECF embraces equity and inclusion in our work and on our team. All individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.