About Sacramento Press Club

The Sacramento Press Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping the next generation of journalists by granting scholarships to journalism students in California. Founded in 1961, the SPC has been awarding annual scholarships since 1974. The SPC awards the scholarships in the belief that journalism students can be better prepared to practice the profession if they’re able to focus on their studies while attending college. In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through regular programs featuring news makers from throughout the nation. The Sacramento Press Club’s meetings have become a forum for leading politicians and other news makers to meet with the print and electronic media journalists who cover their activities. There are more than 200 active members in the Sacramento Press Club, including political reporters and columnists, new media journalists, public relations experts, press secretaries, political consultants, legislative staff members and other members of the public with an interest in the media and/or politics. The press club is governed by a 15-member volunteer board of directors. More than half of the directors must be working journalists.

The scholarship program is financed through club membership fees, event revenue from attendees and sponsors and charitable donations, including gifts dedicated to specific scholarships. The Sacramento Press Club developed an annual journalism awards program in 2020 to recognize outstanding journalism on politics and policy in California. This program has become the clubs largest single fund generator with entry fees and sponsorships for an awards event each spring. The inaugural event in 2021 event was virtual, but moved to hybrid in 2022. In 2023, the event was live with ticket sales.

Period of Contract

June 1, 2023 – Oct. 31 2023


Bids are due by close of business, May 26, 2023. Please submit via email to sacpressclub@gmail.com

Scope of Work

The purpose of this bidding process is to seek and retain a qualified organizational consultant to design and execute an organizational review of the Sacramento Press Club board of directors. The work shall include pre-planning, a minimum half-day retreat involving board members, follow-up with participants as necessary. Deliverables shall include a written report and a 60-minute presentation of findings and recommendations related to the club’s structure, mission and achievement of one-, three- and five-year goals, as identified in the process.

Planning: The selected bidder will collaborate with the board president, vice president and their designees at one or two one-hour meetings to design the outline of the overall organizational review program, including:

  • Determine goals and desired outcomes of the program.
  • Establish methods and scope of seeking input from board members and others – if necessary – before, during and after the retreat.
  • Plan and schedule the board member retreat and determine its structure.
  • Determine specific timelines for all activities, including the final deliverables.

Retreat: The selected bidder will plan and facilitate a board member in-person retreat of at least six hours at a time agreed upon by the participants before Sept. 1, 2023. The press club will be responsible for securing a retreat location and providing necessary space requirements, furniture, refreshments and other items as agreed upon during the planning process. Topics for discussion shall be determined during the planning process, but shall include:

  • Examination of the press club’s mission and its current and future priorities.
  • Determining the usefulness and viability of the current Sacramento Press Club’s bylaws, including structure of the club and its committee system.
  • Discussion of one-, three- and five-year goals for the club and strategies to achieve them.

Reporting: The selected bidder will conduct follow up communication as necessary after then retreat. By Oct. 31, it shall provide the SPC board with:

  • A written report and a 60-minute presentation, either in-person or virtual, describing the methodology of the organizational review and insights, findings, recommendations, and implementation strategies from the process.