Consultant, YOUTHadelphia

Posted by The Philadelphia Foundation on July 24, 2017


Founded in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. TPF grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, TPF manages assets of over $400 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships. To learn more, visit

In 2004, TPF launched YOUTHadelphia, the Youth in Philanthropy committee of The Philadelphia Foundation’s Fund for Children. The Fund for Children was established through contributions by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Phillies when they built their new stadiums. In addition to YOUTHadelphia, Fund for Children invests in youth-led programs and supports community organizations serving children and youth.

YOUTHadelphia’s mission is to give Philadelphia teens opportunities to build youth leadership and address issues directly impacting young people through philanthropy and civic engagement. YOUTHadelphia serves as a model for nonprofits seeking to incorporate teen perspectives into program development. Through the program, Philadelphia teens are afforded the opportunity to define issue areas and award grants to local nonprofits that create change for their peers.


The consultant will support all aspects of YOUTHadelphia and will be responsible for recruiting youth, facilitating YOUTHadelphia meetings and providing administrative support for the program. Working approximately 80-100 hours per month, the consultant will operate primarily under the direction of the Fund for Children Program Officer. The anticipated project duration is 12 months.

Specifically, the consultant will:

  • Coordinate all aspects of YOUTHadelphia from youth recruitment to executing the closing grants award ceremony including:
    • Designing and co-facilitating weekly meetings with teen participants including logistics, chaperoning site visits, planning and attending field trips, co-leading application review, communicating with parents/guardians, and overseeing program administrative duties.
    • Provide one-on-one coaching and ongoing support to youth participants on fundraising, grantmaking, community engagement, meeting facilitation, team building, public speaking and board governance.
    • Establish recruitment strategies that ensure participation of a diverse group of youth, representative of all Philadelphia communities.
    • Participate in the development of a Youth in Philanthropy curriculum, including monitoring implementation strategies and timeline.
    • Research and implement current best practices in youth development and engagement, providing quality leadership opportunities for participating youth.
    • Maintain detailed notes of YOUTHadelphia meetings and one-on-one support efforts.
    • Produce monthly reports on YOUTHadelphia advancement.


Interested individuals may submit a proposal describing their qualifications and how the tasks described above would be carried out. Please include a resume, contact information for three client references who can attest to your work, and a firm estimate of fees to be charged to complete the tasks described in the project scope. Fees and expenses should be estimated on the basis of a 12-month cycle or month-by-month. Please submit all responses to this RFP electronically to no later than 5 PM EST on July 31, 2017.

Finalists will be interviewed in August with a selection anticipated before September 1, 2017.

Upon selection, TPF and the selected consultant will finalize the terms of the consultant’s agreement.

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