The Third Wave Foundation is seeking proposals to partner with an organization for its programming and grantmaking in the form of a transfer of and management of philanthropic and financial assets.

Deadline for proposals = September 10, 2013
Review of proposals = September 10-20, 2013
Interviews with selected organizations = weeks of September 23 & 30, 2013
Approval of organization by Third Wave Board = October 15, 2013
Deadline for completion of transfer of assets = December 31, 2013

• Third Wave name and brand
• Thought leadership/advocacy work in grassroots and philanthropic arenas
• Leadership in trans-inclusivity work within women’s activism and beyond
• Leadership in gender justice
• Expert in convener of grassroots groups and showcasing grassroots ‘voice and ideas’
• Products including Gender Justice Report, Impact Assessment Tool of grantee partner work of two years, learnings from the Emergency Abortion Fund and the 1996 Reaching Out Across Movements Tour (ROAMS)
• In-house development of approximately 100 “Third Wave” leaders working in social justice arena, experienced in articulating a gender justice / intersectionality lens
• Relationship with the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, part of Duke University, as holder of Third Wave archives
• Database of donors, community members, and stakeholders
• Financial assets to transfer = $300,000-$400,000

Third Wave Foundation (Third Wave) is a national, feminist foundation that supports the vision and leadership of young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth ages 15 to 30. Third Wave was founded 15 years ago to fill a resource and strategy gap at the intersections of philanthropy, youth organizing, feminism and racial justice. Third Wave centers its work on youth most impacted by inequity as the architects for community and systemic change. Through strategic grantmaking, movement building support, and philanthropic advocacy, we support multi-issue and multi-strategy work led by young women and transgender youth of color in low-income communities.
Third Wave is the only national foundation that supports young people creating new models of leadership that strengthen community efforts to resist oppression and ensure justice, that are led by and for young women, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth and queer youth of color.
Third Wave seeks to foster a robust youth organizing field that is able to lead movements for economic and racial justice with progressive gender politics. Young people are critical in building sustainable movements for justice and equity. Youth organizers have creative methods of building power, developing peers as leaders, and working across wedges and silos that are often hard for more seasoned organizers to bridge.
After 15 years and $3.1 million in grants to 180 organizations, the Third Wave Foundation board has decided to transition its assets to another organization by the end of 2013.
In June 2013, after prior meetings with stakeholders, a group of board members met with Third Wave’s founders and a small group of stakeholders to discuss the future of the organization. The outcome of this meeting was an affirmation that the work and vision of Third Wave should continue even though the organization would transition from its current structure.
The group agreed that Third Wave has a unique and important role in supporting youth-led feminists across the country, particularly young women of color and transgender youth.
The organization’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed, after consultation with key stakeholders and founders, that the best way for Third Wave to move forward at this time is to close operations as an independent foundation, pursue a new partnership(s) and take on a new form. The intent of this form will be to give a “new” Third Wave the most autonomy, flexibility, financial growth, and stability.

This partnership(s) will allow Third Wave to continue supporting communities of young people while also engaging in a more thorough process to determine what the role of Third Wave should be in the long term.

Requirements for Proposal
If you are interested in partnering in this very important work, please submit a proposal that includes and addresses in detail the following criteria:

1. Organizational Overview
• Organization’s mission, values and history
• Board and staff listing
• Bios for key staff leadership and Board
• Organizational chart
• Most recent annual report

2. Why Third Wave?
• Why are you interested in partnering with Third Wave
• Share any prior experience with Third Wave Foundation

3. Financial Strength
• Most recent financial audit report and form 990
• Most recent budget vs actual report
• Financial procedure manual

4. Fundraising Strength
• List of current funders
• Any experience in philanthropic arenas and working to shift mandates

5. Program Strength and Compatibility
• List of programs and services with descriptions
• Describe any past or current gender justice work
• Any experience being a translator between organizations, facilitating alliances and bringing gender justice and trans-inclusivity conversations to new audiences
• Any current grantmaking; include docket

6. Integration Process
• Describe the potential process of integrating Third Wave assets with your current programming
• Describe commitment to continuing the legacy of Third Wave Foundation
• Identify your relevant management, administrative and financial capabilities in acquiring Third Wave assets
• Identify potential challenges in integrating Third Wave programming with your existing programs
• Describe how you would administer the assets being transferred and programming associated with assets

Proposal Submission
Please submit proposals to Rosalba Messina, Interim Executive Director by email at Rosalba@thirdwavefoundation.org no later than September 10, 2013.

Role of Third Wave
Third Wave wishes to maintain a partnering role to be determined with the selected organization.

Thank you for your interest in partnering with us for this very important and necessary work.