I have talked with a lot of different people about fundraising for their organization. One thing that I have continued to find is that there are a lot of misconceptions about fundraising. I think that everyone has heard all of the horror stories about going door to door and asking you friends and neighbors to give more money than they have ever given before.
My experience with fundraising has been very different. More often than not I am working with individuals or organizations that have already expressed an interest in supporting my cause and I am not asking my friends for money or support of any kind. Fundraising can be a really positive experience and allows non-profits to continue to and increase the work they do.
When getting started my first piece of advice is just do it, people want to be asked and if you do it right it can be an incredible experience.