Blog: The Fear of the Ask

PHOENIX, AZ – In philanthropic circles, fundraising can often spark fear in the hearts of the most courageous and fierce individuals on the planet. This fear, whether founded or unfounded is also translated as the fear of what looks like “begging for money,” the fear of rejection, and the fear of public speaking. For some, like me, it was also the fear of looking stupid. No matter how many times I practiced my “elevator” speech, I could never condense it into something that made any sense even though I knew the details of my work like the back of my hands. Perhaps its because we didn’t have too many elevators on the Hopi or Acoma Reservations as well.