The whole process embarrasses me and makes me awfully uncomfortable and I have no good idea about how to do this asking-for-money-for-good-causes thing in a way that leaves both me and the potential donor feeling good and comfortable about the interaction (regardless of whether they actually donate money or not). I am a nexus, I know that, and I am in a position to potentially be a huge help to some great organizations. If I can figure out how to do it better.
For example, I'd like to invite people to my house, to talk about supporting DesiLit and the Kriti Festival; I'd hoped to make it free to the public next time around, which means more fundraising up front. But I don't even know what the Evite should look like. "Please support us?" "Bring your checkbook?" Are there standard catchphrases one should use? I don't know. I think there must be language that would make this easier.
Tomorrow I'm probably going to participate in a fundraising brainstorming lunch for the Carl Brandon Society. Maybe we can figure a bit of this out there.