We know, at first glance you see a lot here. Frankly, what you are about to undertake as a project is a lot – and there is no simple way around doing the work. That said, this site is full of words – lots of words. Given that, we have created some helpful navigational aids to use this site more efficiently and effectively.
|Stop – Finish this step before moving on|
|Ask an Expert – Bring in a consultant who can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision|
|Dream & Connect – Ensure this project meets a community need, collaborate with others, decide if you can work together on the project|
|Look Inward – Ensure this project meets your mission, that it’s the right size, that you can afford it now and into the future|
Remember that the goal of the pre-development process is not to build a building. The goal is to make sure your project is necessary, the right size and design, and is sustainable over time. You can learn more about sustainable projects here.
It is true that the Pre-D process is many steps taken over time. Those steps result in a building that is more likely to be the right size for both the mission and the community. It also means that financial investments are maximized for the greatest social return. Following the Pre-D steps create a win-win-win for your mission, the community, and the funders. Reaching these outcomes also takes much work. The typical phases and steps are captured in the Capital Project Pre-Development Flow Chart and are used in this toolkit as a road map to help you track, resource, and move forward on your path.