May 23, 2022

The Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of the Future Obama Presidential Library

From The Barack Obama Foundation:

Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and University of Hawai’i, all of which submitted their qualifications to host the future Obama Presidential Library earlier this year.

The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ), released in March, laid out a vision and set of guiding principles for the future Obama Presidential Library, and solicited interested parties’ plans for locating, designing, developing, constructing and operating the facility. Some of the key criteria highlighted in the RFQ included transportation and accessibility, economic development, the ability to deliver a world-class project, community engagement and overall support from community partners. The RFQ process was designed to narrow the field to a short-list of potential partner institutions, which will now be asked to respond to an RFP with formal proposals and qualifications.


The RFP, available on the Foundation’s website, asks these four potential partners to submit a formal proposal that includes detail on the proposed management and organization of the project, site development plans, community partnerships, potential for academic collaboration, marketing and attraction strategy, and information about any financial and other commitments from the host or other partners.  The Foundation has asked for RFP responses by December 11, 2014. In early 2015, the Board of Directors expects to share recommendations with the President and First Lady, who will then make the final decision.

The Barack Obama Foundation Library RFP

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