My first fundraising conversations actually took place after I had already sent out letters through mail and social media. I didn’t feel too uncomforitable, more excited than anything. I had let people know what I was doing and I recieved responses from people who wanted to help. The more uncomfortable conversations came when I needed to start being more aggressive with fund raising.
I would say that the #1 issue that gets in the way of my fundraising is honestly Fear. I don’t want to put people in awkward situations where I’m asking for something that they may not be able to give. It would also kill me inside to know that someone is giving and suffering for it back home. This has caused me to have a mentality of not wanting to ask others who I may feel are financially burdened. This mindset is actually changing however Since I’ve been fighting against this way of thinking. If I give in to this mentality then I am denying others the ability to minister to the children here in our community that may very well want to help. One of my regular supporters is actually someone who’s business is failing and is causing her to be pretty much homeless, believe it or not. She gets angry with me if I tell her to only give if she can afford it. Perhaps suffering a bit financially for the sake of ministering to others is a bit healthy for us as Americans. My view of suffering has changed a bit overtime since I’ve been living in Nicaragua, as I see a different level of financial suffering here.
I would say the list goes on though. It’s not only fear, but because of fear I can develope a lack of diligence and not make time for fundraising. I would much rather spend my time visiting with the children and families in our community or getting my hands dirty with construction and use that as an excuse to not spend a lot of time reaching out to people and develope my personal funding. This can also give me this “get-by” mentality which kills financial progress. Tackling fear is the first step, I think, in developing my personal fundraising.