If your board is not in full agreement about the proposed project and campaign, you may as well throw in the towel right now. There is nothing more destructive than a divided board that is not fully aligned on the next steps for the organization.
Sometimes a really big vision scares some board members. They may be old timers or simply not experienced with big fundraising drives. And a campaign is risky for sure.
You’ll have to have your board in agreement, however, before you even hire a consultant for a feasibility study. They need to be excited, gung ho and totally consumed with the vision of your newly expanded future. They need to think it is possible.
If not, you’ll have naysayers in the background. You may have smaller cliques of members who try to persuade other leaders to hold back. If you have this kind of dissension rumbling among your board, even the best-intentioned staff or leaders can get undermined.
It’s worth it to slow down and process all the questions and reservations that worried board members might have. Do not move forward until you do this!