A 48 Days Podcast listener asked where she could get $1 million to create a major ministry event in her community.
Her questions included: Where does someone get this kind of money? I have prayed about this, the dream won’t go away. But the money isn’t falling out of the clouds either.
I have talked to a professional fundraiser and he told me since I have no history in this business, no one would contribute to this. I talked to a woman who is in business to find sponsors for major musical events and she said the same thing.
The city told me they didn’t have that kind of money for this sort of thing. I talked to the city manager and he smiled and said “that’s nice, keep me posted. ‘
I make a small salary and live check to check, there is no savings. My credit card won’t hold that amount either. And at my age I don’t want to owe the money to anyone. Dreamin Christine
Christine, Wow – I applaud your enthusiasm. But my response is going to be much like what you’ve already received. In as much as I love new ideas – and certainly big ideas – I just don’t see why anyone would want to put the money up for this. If you had the money you could just go ahead and do it. But for someone else to “donate” or “invest” is quite a different scenario. If someone is going to donate they are going to have to believe that this is an endeavor that surpasses all the other worthy causes we see daily.
- Is this more important than providing fresh water to starving people in Africa or saving teenage girls from sex slavery?
- Does this outweigh the benefits to our community of having a new playground for underprivileged kids?
- Are they going to get enough marketing exposure to outweigh a series of ads on local TV?
- If someone is going to invest – what is your revenue model for giving them a big return?
Here in Nashville we have Opryland Hotel and they do an amazing Christmas show every year. It attracts thousands of people and takes them months in advance to set it up. I would encourage you to find a similar organization and event where you are and volunteer to be involved. That will give you some firsthand experience and an opportunity to build your credibility to maybe do an event of your own in the future.
Dreaming is certainly a first step in doing something extraordinary – but then comes building a plan that you can execute.
Keep your enthusiasm high and just redirect it to a plan you can make a reality.