Perhaps the leading factor prohibiting courage to lead fundraising innovation is the fear of failure. Fundraising is fraught with fears. In previous parts of this series, we’ve discussed change and relationship risk as prominent fundraising fears. Fear of failure tops the list but is perhaps the most easily overcome.
The ability to overcome fear of relationship risk is what distinguishes professional fundraisers. Overcoming relationship risk is difficult, but not impossible. It begins with remembering that we professional fundraisers who represent important community causes. We do what we do for the benefit of others and the greater good of our communities.
Fear of change is a very common human defense. We are creatures of habit and any attempt to interrupt our comfort with “the way things are and have always been” is naturally frightening. This fear is most often exhibited in the early stages of considering a new system or process.