I had an interesting question come in this week.
It was about being too afraid to ask for donations. How do I overcome my fear of asking people?
What do I do to gather the courage to build a campaign and fundraise for a mission? Here’s my answer:
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What do you do if you are too afraid to ask for a donation? This is the topic that we’re talking about today. I’m going to be offering you three recommendations if you’re afraid to ask and what to do. If you are hesitant, afraid, concerned, whatever, you’re going to really enjoy these recommendations but before we dive in…
Let me introduce myself. I am Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, the website that helps Catholics with their fundraising. Whether you are starting out and are brand new to fundraising, or an expert trying to find new ways to navigate your fundraising world, if you have a Catholic apostolate that depends on you for its fundraising, you’re going to do better with my advice.
Now over on my website, I have my guide, ‘The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising,” which is going to really help you, along with the tips that I’m providing today. The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising has 10 solid suggestions that I think every Catholic should be doing if they want to fundraise successfully. These are the lessons that I have found to be very, very effective with fundraising, that I have consolidated into one convenient guide that has been shared with others who have learned how to make fundraising work for them. So make sure that you download the guide. Click the link below. It’s absolutely for free. It’s my gift to you. Go over and download it today.
Okay, let’s look at what to do if you are afraid to ask.
Step one is, welcome to the club. That’s right. You just took the first step and recognized that, yes, this stuff is difficult. You are not alone. If you’re thinking what’s wrong with me, why is it so difficult, why is it that other people can do it, the truth is that it is difficult. It’s very, very challenging to ask people for donations. So Step One is simply to yes, this is difficult. You’re not alone, even for me. I’m the founder of CatholicFundraiser.net and even now, every day, fundraising is difficult to work. That’s a good thing because we recognize the gravity of what we’re doing, what we’re asking for, and what we hope people will do in response. So that’s your Step One. step number one.
Step Two refers back to Step One: If fundraising were easy, everybody would be doing it. And that’s a key point to remember. When you’re most afraid to ask is when it’s most important to remember that there are Catholics out there that want to be generous and want to donate. So if you can overcome your fear, (which you won’t always completely do, and that’s important to recognize) you can realize that most people are hesitant, and that’s why they’re really bad at asking for donations.
So Point Number Three is, if you’re too afraid to ask for a donation, what do you do? What can you do? You have to learn how to ask. It’s not going to completely get rid of all your fear but it will help you take control of the tools you need to develop in order to fundraise. Knowledge and learning are the real keys to overcoming fear. You’re never going to completely get over being afraid to ask (it is always somewhat intimidating to ask people to give), but that’s why I say you have to learn how to fundraise. Download my guide. It’s completely free. The 10 Commandments Catholic Fundraising. Plus, stay connected with me every week. I’m sharing with you what I’m doing. I’m sharing with you my tips on how to overcome fear, and I think that’s how you move forward with being afraid. Everybody’s a little afraid. Remember Step Number Two: If this was easy, everybody would be doing it. It might seem like everybody’s doing it, but they are not. It’s just a small portion of people or Catholic apostolates that are, afraid to be asking and the way that you can overcome your fear is to get moving forward through learning.
So I hope that’s been helpful. God love you. Share this with a friend and reach out to me. If you need help with your fundraising, I’d be delighted to get connected with you today. God bless and I look forward to speaking with you next week.
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