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Pursuant Blog Pics 10.24.006Today is a day where most people across the country embrace and celebrate the idea of fear. We watch scary movies. You might have kids who chose the most “frightening” costume from the store. We pay to have people scare us in haunted houses. However, in each of these instances, we realize that there’s no real reason to be afraid because things aren’t actually as they seem.

While we might celebrate the idea of “fear” during Halloween, today we thought we’d take an opportunity to share a few tips and ideas to help you overcome a fear that is all too real for nonprofit professionals… The fear of fundraising.

3 Tips to Take the “Fear” Out of Fundraising

Whether you’re just starting your career in fundraising or you’re trying to help the people you lead overcome some various challenges, here are three resources to help you take the fear out of fundraising:

Fundraising Simplified and De-Scarified. Are your board members beating down your door with new donors, eager to ask them for money? In this post, Joanne Fritz shares some valuable tips and ideas from Marc Pittman’s book “Ask Without Fear.”

How to Ask Anyone for Anything. Asking someone for a donation, or to come to an event, on behalf of your school, church, or non-profit need not be a harrowing affair.  Making an ask can even be (gulp!) a pleasant and enjoyable experience. In this post, Joe Garecht three important areas to consider in making an ask are: relationships, planning, and process.

5 Ways to Help Your Board Members Overcome the Fear of Fundraising. Nonprofit board members can and should play a valuable role in fundraising for your organization. Unfortunately, many of them might be afraid to make an ask. The first step in getting board members to be excited about fundraising is framing it the right way. In this post, Rachel Muir shares five ways to help board members overcome some of the awkwardness and fear and become fundraising superheroes for your organization.


What are some other personal ways you’ve worked to overcome the fear of fundraising? Let us know in the comments below!