Fundraising isn't about getting money to put in your pocket. When someone believes in what you are doing enough to give you funds, they feel good about making a difference. Listen to what fundraisers say about how scary and fun it is to raise money for a cause.
- What is it like to ask people for money? What are the scary and fun parts?
- Fundraisers say, "It's not about you." Are there other times you do something scary that is "not about you"? How does that make it easier?
- Fundraising is about finding commonalities and helping someone with money to make a difference about something they are passionate about. What issue would you feel good fundraising to support?
- When do you see people at their best? Fundraisers see people at their best. They see them being selfless and loving it -- they feel part of making a difference.
- What do you think you need to know about an organization before you can do fundraising for it?
Many people do their first fundraising through a school/sports fundraiser or through collecting pledges for a race. A school/sports fundraiser raises money for your school or sports team. A race is an opportunity to raise money for a cause that isn't directly benefitting you. Plan a race or other event that involves collecting pledges or money for a charity based on how much you run/walk/dance. What do you need to make that successful for participants and givers?