The Learners Lab Foundation has a dynamic operations portfolio of internal program, projects and project, product and technical assistance engagements driven by our Fiscal Sponsorship Awardees, TASC clients, a host of Special Services and Project Operations, and of course our The Fellowship Academy. they also support and are intertwined with our Charitable Workforce Training Program with includes online training libraries, a software lab and a host of job placement, talent management and virtual job fairs/employer networking venues. As such, undertaking the normal procurement process of issuing solicitations would quickly become unmanageable.
Therefore, instead of issuing RFPs and other solicitations, The Foundation maintains a system where vendors and suppliers can register their business to do business with the Foundation and its entire Stakeholder population. That system is called our Open Request for Applications (oRFA) ™.
How Does oRFA Work?
With the oRFA, vendors are welcome to complete the business service Q&A which results in a proprietary list of vendors that will be selected to do business with The Foundation.
This Closed Vendor Resource Pool (CVRP)™ is proprietary to The Foundation, eliminating the need for the non-stop production, writing, issuance and release RFPs, RFI’s,or RFQ’s and other solicitations plus a fully operational proposal review process. When a support effort materializes, we will simply connect with our Awardee, TASC client or Stakeholder with the Foundation Support Partner most closely matching their need and present the Foundation Support Partner with a Project Scope & Statement of Work to review, have each party confirm terms then launch the engagement. And because you the vendor are already in our vendor pool system, this can transpire over a 12-24-hours period rather than the several weeks or months of the traditional solicitation life cycle.
And for The Foundation’s internal needs, we have a pool of vendors with which to make an instant selection always at the ready!
Because of drastic time differences and resulting disparities with communications, oRFA is only open to US, Canadian, & Caribbean Vendors, and with permission of the Federal Government Mexican Vendors. We recognize the superb workmanship of overseas businesses but time gaps of more than three hours make is impossible to conduct business and response to time-sensitive events in a manner acceptable to our stakeholders. So I’m afraid we will not be able to work together at this time.
For International Vendors are welcome as long as there is a physically verifiable location operating within the Continental US to serve the official contact and support location. ALL staff whether operations, support and technical operate must be within the Continental US as a US verifiable address.
Should this not be the case, The Foundation hopes you will advise if you are considering establishing a physically verifiable branch office physically staffed and located here on US soil. Strategic planning, development & design meetings and other activities must occur in a timely manner for our customers, awardees and other stakeholders. We would love an opportunity to include your team as a Foundation oRFA Partner™ and hope we are able to work with you soon.
Thank you again for your interest in serving and partnering with The Foundation and introducing us to your firm. We wish you continued success and look forward to partnering with you to serve the young and future tax exempt entities we were established to help.
For information on how you can become a Foundation Partner, feel free to download the oRAF application from one of the links below, or email FoundationPartner@TheLearnersLab.org. We are accepting Program and Resource Sponsors from all interested parties, and Partners Sponsorships from peers foundations, community groups, private industry, government, for-profit business entities, academic, training and other education institutions, individuals, and specialty groups.
Documents for Download
Open Request for Applications (oRFA):
Training Professionals, ISD’s, & Executive Coach’s / TEC Partner Registration: