1. Don’t create your huge vision to change the world in a closed room with a tiny group of people. No! You need your entire broad group of supporters engaged and supportive at the very beginning.
2. Don’t start by developing an expensive brochure, website, and PowerPoint to convey your vision to the world. No! You don’t want any of these materials until AFTER you get the input and buy-in of key players and funders.
3. Don’t make presentation after presentation to donors who have not yet bought in. If you do all the talking, you’re not engaging your donors. In fact, you are probably boring them. No! You have to find out what they think first, then shape your comments around their interests.
This is applicable for new initiatives within organizations, parishes, and ministries too.