At Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW), we are transforming the way we work in our community—changing our grant-making, fundraising, and volunteer engagement strategies as we seek to fully bring to life our mission of creating pathways to prosperity and equity for all. This transformation comes upon the approval by our board of directors of a new Long-Range Plan that challenges us to examine the totality of our work against the needs, hopes, and dreams of the Greater Twin Cities Region. We are taking a close look at how our work intersects with and is situated in the larger ecosystem, leveraging each of our unique organizational assets to deepen our community impact.
Over the years, we have innovated and adapted to ensure we are effectively responding to evolving community needs. This juncture is no different: we will continue to address community and donor priorities, building upon the foundation of three core strategic imperatives:
Serving our community, lifting up its strengths and investing in its potential
Keeping a local focus; donations support our work in the Greater Twin Cities Region
Connecting donor passion with community opportunity, serving as the partner of choice as donors seek to achieve their philanthropic goals
These strategic imperatives have guided our work for more than 100 years and remain our north star as we chart a path for the future. And we recognize the future requires us to show up differently to more effectively serve our community. In response, we are implementing the following aspirational framework:
VISION: A united community where all people realize their full potential regardless of income, race or place
MISSION: Galvanize our community to build pathways towards prosperity and equity for all
VALUES: Equity, Collaboration, Agility, Transparency
Our evolution is informed by thoughtful deliberation, study and debate. The approach reflected in the Request for Proposal (RFP) is the product of engagement with grantee partners, community leaders, donors, and corporate and institutional funders. Our staff and leadership analyzed over 100 personal conversations and survey interviews to better understand the challenges our community faces and best leverage opportunities for GTCUW to support community solutions.
We shared our new strategy with partner agencies on October 17. For those unable to attend, the presentation is available here:Partner Convening 10.17.pdf
During the convening we provided space for partners to process the content presented, as well as pose questions related to the new strategy. The questions asked and the responses from GTCUW is available here:
Post Convening Questions and Responses.pdf
Community Investments Request for Proposal
GTCUW is issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure the services of eligible organizations to address the most pressing needs for our region across three core impact areas of Economic Opportunity, Educational Success and Household Stability. The RFP is now open and
will close on January 8, 2019.
Those interested in applying should review the RFP Guidelines before starting an online application: Community Investments RFP Guidelines 2018-2019 .pdf
Begin Your Application
request access here. If you have access but forgot your password, you can reset it yourself by selecting 'forgot username/password'. Please request portal access as soon as possible, as it can 2-3 business days to fill requests.If you are a new user of our grants portal, you'll need to
Visit our grants portal to
begin your online application.
Community Investments RFP FAQ 12.10.18.pdf This document will be updated weekly:
Audio Recordings of RFP Training
General overview of our new strategy, the RFP process, timeline and eligibility: listen here.
To learn about preferred approach and outcomes specific to portfolio area, please select from the following recordings:
Download a copy of the RFP Training PPT deck here: Community Investments RFP Training.pdf
Community Office Hours
GTCUW staff will be available throughout the region to answer questions - no registration is required.
Roseville Public Library - Community Room||
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. |
Brooklyn Park Public Library||
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
Pierre Bottineau Library (NE): Sheridan Meeting Room||
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rondo Public Library: Multi-Purpose Room||
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
North Branch Library||
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
Southdale Library: Ethel Berry Room||
9:00 a.m. - Noon|
In-Person RFP Trainings|
November 14 (morning session & afternoon session)
December 5, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
January - March|
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020|