Thumb Making large acquisitions, such as purchasing a development/membership system or collections management system, requires institutions to assess the risks associated with purchasing.

A RFP, or Request for Proposal, allows organizations to communicate with vendors the needs, expectations, and priorities of the institution.

Robert R. Leming, manager for computer services at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, explains what components are necessary in a RFP and the vendors’ role in responding to the request.

Included is a glossary of terms that defines jargon vendors may use when providing a proposal and may be necessary to use when writing a RFP.

Technical Leaflet #177 (1991)