Originally Posted by Piobaire
I could teach a graduate level course in this. First thing you want to know is: everyone you ask and gives is going to hit you up every single time they latch onto a cause.
Well, yes and no. If you're hitting up friends and individual acquaintances, that's certainly true. But depending on where you work, you may be able to lean on vendors and outside professionals (see Douglas's post, above) without having too worry that much about expectations of reciprocity.
pB, does your organization have a Director of Development or some such person (usually "development" will be in the job title)? If they do and that person is any good, they may be able to figure out the most effective/efficient way for you to go about fundraising. (They should be able to, since it's part of their job.) They're often the folks who are supposed to help newbie board members along as well, so they can probably help you with the bio statement.