Episode 99 | The 5 Things Charities Are Doing Really Well

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Instead of focusing on what doesn’t work, let’s talk about what is working! On today’s episode, we talk through 5 things that charities are doing really well this holiday season. We reflect back on episodes 72-77 where we talk about the 6 Principles of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini. I share real examples of how you can implement these ideas into your communication as you engage with your donors and volunteers at the end of the year. 

To check out the Junior Achievement/Citi Commercial I mention, go to https://www.ispot.tv/ad/d_6f/citi-progress-makers-junior-achievement. 

To be a part of the 100th episode of the show, send your text or voicemail message with your #1 challenge to achieve your 2019 fundraising goal along with your fundraising questions. Listen in for all the details.

For more information about Mary Valloni and to get her weekly emails, visit http://maryvalloni.com. To join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 98 | The 3 Questions You Should Ask Before You Do Anything

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On today’s podcast we take a trip down memory lane and we look at all the things we’ve wanted. What have you always wanted? Do you want to start a new fundraiser? Build that new building? Pay off debt? 

We address these 3 questions you should ask yourself…

1. What do I want?

2. Why do I want it?

3. How can I get it?

So what do you want and let’s go after it in 2019!

Here are just a few resources we talked about on the show today.

1. Apply by December 14th for my 18-month program, Fundraising Freedom Academy, to create your killer signature fundraiser in 2019 – Apply at http://bit.ly/applyforffa. 

2. Catch the recording of last week’s training on the “7 Year-End Fundraising Secrets Every Nonprofit Should Know” at http://maryvalloni.com/7secrets.

3. Join Eric Eaton, founder of the Knights of Heroes Foundation, and I LIVE on December 11th at 1pm CST for a FREE online training on “How to Start a 6-Figure Charity Fundraiser” – register now at http://maryvalloni.com/webinar. 

For more information about Mary Valloni and to get her weekly resources by email, visit http://maryvalloni.com. To join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 97 | The 3 S’s to Fund and Fuel Your Growth in 2019 with Wealth Advisor, Laura Waller

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Today’s guest is wealth advisor, Laura Waller, with P3 Life Builders where she focuses on helping for profit and nonprofit leaders to live a life of Purpose, Power, and Prosperity.

Listen in as Laura shares the 3 S’s to fund and fuel your growth in 2019 including:

1. State of Mind

2. Story

3. Strategy

To hear more about Laura and to enter in to the Giving Tuesday Giveaway, visit http://www.p3lifeabundance.com

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 5th at 1pm and join Mary and nonprofit strategic advisor, Joel Kessel, for the FREE Online Training on the “7 Year-End Fundraising Secrets Every Nonprofit Should Know”. To register, go to https://www.maryvalloni.com/7secrets.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 96 | 10 Ways to Give and Not Take on Giving Tuesday

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A common mistake made on Giving Tuesday is to tell people “It’s Giving Tuesday!” and then ask for their money. Instead of going that route this year, let’s consider giving and not taking by doing one or more of the following…

1. Share helpful resources.

2. Answer donor questions.

3. Showcase your donors with a picture and quote about why they give.

4. Repost or share your donors’ fundraising campaigns and relevant content.

5. Post a FB live thank-you video or email your supporters a personalized thank you video. I recommend checking out Loom – https://www.useloom.com.

6. Provide exclusive access to your board chair or charity Executive Director.

7. Show impact with a story or interview.

8. Show gratitude for your staff, volunteers and donors.

9. Connect donors to each other.

10. On your private FB page, invite your supporters to post and share about their business end-of-the-year promotion.

Good luck on your #GivingTuesday campaign. Update us on your campaign in the Fundraising Freedom Tribe page.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 95 | 25 Ways to Thank Your Donors So They Keep Coming Back

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“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.” — Oprah Winfrey

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” — Tony Robbins

It’s too easy to accept other people’s generosity without reciprocating the kindness. As we gear up for the largest giving season of the year, we talk through the 25 ways to thank your donors so they keep coming back, including:

1. Say Thank You.

2. Share why you appreciate them. 

3. Do something small, but thoughtful.

4. Give a hug.

5. Demonstrate that they have your full attention by shutting down the distractions.

6. Offer to be there if they ever need someone to run ideas by.

7. Care about what they care about.

8. Encourage them in an area that they’ve mentioned – travel, writing, speaking, teaching, etc.

9. Offer to do something that you know they don’t like to do.

10. Give compliments about their skills and talents.

11. Look them in the eyes and say, “You make the world a better place.”

12. Listen.

13. Think of something that you admire about them and share that with them.

14. If you did something because they encouraged you, tell them what happened and thank them for it.

15. Dedicate a blog or email post to them because of something they taught you.

16. Introduce them to someone you think could help them achieve their personal or professional goals.

17. Smile.

18. Send a special note of appreciation.

19. Buy them a coffee or drop by with donuts.

20. Start on time, end on time – Value you their time.

21. Ask them about their lives.

22. Send flowers.

23. Tell their boss what a great job they are doing for you.

24. If someone thanks you, show appreciation by receiving it.

25. Acknowledge your accomplishments and don’t forget to show appreciation to yourself.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 94 – Part 2: A Deeper Look at the Enneagram and Money

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On this week’s show we continue the conversation on the Enneagram where we break down each number by money strengths, weaknesses and advice given by people of the same number.

The Enneagram is broken down into 9 types including:

1. The Reformer – The Rational & Idealistic Type

2. The Helper – The Caring & Interpersonal Type

3. The Achiever – The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type

4. The Individualist – The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type

5. The Investigator – The Intense, Cerebral Type

6. The Loyalist – The Committed, Security-Oriented Type

7. The Enthusiast – The Busy, Fun-Loving Type

8. The Challenger – The Powerful, Dominating Type

9. The Peacemaker – Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type

To get your Enneagram number, visit http://exploreyourtype.com or http://enneagraminstitute.com.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 93 | The Personality Test That Everyone is Talking About

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The personality test that everyone is talking about is the Enneagram, which is Greek for the number nine. 

The Enneagram is broken down into 9 types including:

1. The Reformer – The Rational & Idealistic Type

2. The Helper – The Caring & Interpersonal Type

3. The Achiever – The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type

4. The Individualist – The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type

5. The Investigator – The Intense, Cerebral Type

6. The Loyalist – The Committed, Security-Oriented Type

7. The Enthusiast – The Busy, Fun-Loving Type

8. The Challenger – The Powerful, Dominating Type

9. The Peacemaker – Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type

To take an Enneagram test to find your type, visit http://exploreyourtype.com or http://enneagraminstitute.com.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 92 | How To Turn Grief Into Hope With Laura Diehl

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After the death of her daughter, Laura’s life turned upside down. Through the grief, she realized that she wasn’t alone and it later became the start to her charity, Grieving Parents Sharing Hope.

On this episode, Mary and Laura walk through the first steps of the Fundraising Freedom process to ensure your fundraisers are innovative and well received. 

For more information about Laura and Grieving Parents Sharing Hope, visit http://gpshope.com and to contact Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com. To join the fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 91 | The 6 Basic Emotions That Impact Your Life And Work

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On today’s episode we talk through the 6 Basic Emotions and how you can use emotion to reach your 90-Day Challenge Goal and bring in more donations to your cause. 

The 6 Basic Emotions include:

1. Happiness (joy, trust, anticipation)

2. Fear

3. Surprise

4. Sadness

5. Disgust

6. Anger

Definition of Emotion: Any conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a certain degree of pleasure and displeasure.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 90 | The Single Most Important Office Supply You Need

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As you work on your 90-Day Challenge goals, this one office supply could be the difference between reaching or not reaching your goals.

Take action and complete this week’s exercise by writing down your 5 goals and completing your list of who you need to be, what you need to do to have what you want to have. 

Share your Be-Do-Have lists in the Fundraising Freedom Tribe at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/. 

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com

Episode 89 | Take the Year-End 90-Day Challenge

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We’re just 90 days away from the end of the 2018 calendar year and the largest giving season of the year!

Join us as we take the 90-Day Challenge!

Write down your top 25 goals and circle your top 5. As Warren Buffet’s 5/25 Rule suggests, focus 100% of your attention on the top 5 goals and ignore the rest until you’ve successful completed one off the list.

Share your top 5 in the Fundraising Freedom Tribe at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/. 

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com

Episode 88 | How Your Relationship with Money Can Sabotage or Create Your Success

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Your personal feelings around money does make a difference in the donations you bring in. Take some time to evaluate how you handle money personally and professionally and ask yourself the following questions.

⁃ What is your money story?

⁃ What emotions does money bring up?

⁃ What is your new story going to be?

⁃ What value do you bring in exchange for the salary/income you receive?

⁃ What value do you bring in exchange for the donations you receive?

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 87 | How to Handle the Ups and Downs of Fundraising

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Every year we experience the four season of winter, spring, summer and fall. Without a doubt spring always follows winter and an up always follows a down. In today’s episode we walk through each season to see how we can come with expectancy for each new fundraising season.

Here are the lyrics to the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” written by Pete Seeger (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

To everything – turn, turn, turn

There is a season – turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die

A time to plant, a time to reap

A time to kill, a time to heal

A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn

There is a season – turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones

A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn

There is a season – turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate

A time of war, a time of peace

A time you may embrace

A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn

There is a season – turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew

A time for love, a time for hate

A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 86 | How To Turn Busyness Into Productivity

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Is it even possible to take back the hours in your day and actually say “NO”? 

YES! 

Today, we talk through how to move the mindless tasks from our list so we can prioritize on the big things that actually produce something. Let’s start to value results and not busy work. 

Listen in to find out the difference between busyness and production and how you can turn into a more productive person as a result.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 85 | Why Rest Is Essential to Your Work

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In the United States, we celebrate Labor Day and many of us will take the day off to enjoy time with family and friends. As we gear up for a busy end-of-the-year season it’s important that we remember to rest. 

Resting is a skill that needs to be practiced especially by our selfless nonprofit leaders. 

Rest results in us being more creative and productive.

Our lives can be richer and more fulfilling when we take the time to rest. Be sure to reserve time for a walk, get up earlier to carve out time for your “big rock” items and be sure to spend time in play with a hobby or sport.

On this week’s episode find out what forms of rest are most essential and why they are important to the funds you raise.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 84 | How to Become an Unshakeable Optimist

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Is it possible to be FOR optimism? On today’s episode we address the following 10 ways to become an unshakeable optimist.

1. Be grateful. 

2. Be willing to share your story – both positive and negative ones.

3. Forgive.

4. Be a good listener.

5. Turn envy and jealousy into energy.

6. Smile more.

7. Exercise, Eat Healthy, Get Vitamin D.

8. Think positively.

9. Stop blaming others.

10. Decide that the past is not the blueprint for your future.

Determine any areas that you struggle with and put some energy towards making a change in that area. Share your success stories and optimism hacks in the Fundraising Freedom Tribe.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 83 | The Power of Being For Something and Not Against It

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“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” – Mother Teresa

We only have so much mental capacity and it doesn’t make any sense to waste your limited energy on the things you are against. Just like Mother Teresa, we need to decide what we’re FOR and then do everything in our power to live that lifestyle.

Take a few minutes to write down what you choose. 

⁃ I choose ______________________.

⁃ I choose ______________________.

⁃ I choose ______________________.

After you’ve completed your list of the things you choose, then imagine what it looks like for someone who chooses those things. What does that person do? What does someone who wants to raise $_________ a month or year do, say and think?

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 82 | 5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Get What You Really Want

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What you do with your life is your choice. You choose to do the work you do. You choose to have the relationships in your life. You choose how much money you make. You choose.

If we get to choose what we want then what questions do we have to ask ourselves to actually get it. In today’s episode, Mary talks through the 5 questions you need to ask yourself to get what you really want.

Here they are…

1. Why do I want it?

2. What do I gain if I get it? 

3. What do I have to lose to get it?

4. What if I fail?

5. What if I succeed?

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 81 | How to Stop Procrastinating in 5 Seconds

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Procrastination can take hold of nearly every area of your life—writing a thank you letter, picking up the phone, doing the dishes and so much more. 

Procrastination is everywhere, but what if you had a tool that could help you quiet the voice in your head and help you knock out your to-do list.

You may be just 5 seconds away from solving that problem every time. You just might make “taking action” a habit in the process!

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/.

If you’re interested in joining our 3-month group coaching program to build out your fundraising team, send an email to mary@maryvalloni.com to get all the details.

Episode 80 | What Your Donors Are Saying About You Behind Your Back

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In this episode we talk about the top three things your donors are saying behind your back, which explains why your donors may be unhappy with you and leave. We talk through what those are and what you can do to turn it around. 

Ask yourself, do you only care about your donors’ lives because they support your cause? Would you spend time with them if they weren’t giving to you? If so, they already know the answer and that’s why they aren’t sticking around. What could you do to improve the relationship so they become lifelong donors to you and your cause?

I’ll give you a hint…1.) Care, 2.) Listen, and 3.) Say Thank You!

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/.

If you’re interested in joining our 3-month group coaching program to build out your fundraising team, send an email to mary@maryvalloni.com to get all the details.

Episode 79 | How to Handle Anxiety When Putting On a Fundraiser

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Anxiety may be one of, if not the worst, enemy of a fundraiser. In this episode we talk through the 4 tips to manage the anxiety and stress of an upcoming fundraising event, how to take care of your body and how a fundraising team can help drastically reduce your anxiety level. 

Here are the 4 tips we cover:

1. Accept the fact that you can’t control everything. What’s the worst that could happen?

2. Do your best with what you have. Be proud of what you’ve done.

3. Maintain a positive attitude. You have the choice of positive or negative thoughts. Choose to go positive.

4. Identify the pattern of your anxiety. When does it get triggered? 

If you’re interested in hearing more about building out your fundraising team through our 3-month group coaching program, send an email to mary@maryvalloni.com to get all the details.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 78 – How to Avoid Being Lonely at the Top

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Join me as we take a trip down memory lane. In this episode, I share why I do the work that I do and why this podcast exists. You also get to be the first to hear about my next project. Space is limited for this NEW project, so don’t waste any time in reaching out. To get more details, email mary@maryvalloni.com. 

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 77 | Persuasion Part 6: How to Use Scarcity to Fund Your Operations Budget

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This is the final part of our 6-part series on persuasion and we’re talking about scarcity. Are you tired of pushing projects to get people excited about your cause? Well, this week’s persuasion principle will give you the ability to drive your donors to any budgetary need of your choice including your general operating budget!

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to attend our July Fellowship on July 13th at 10am CST, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 76 | Persuasion Part 5: How to Become the Leader Others Want to Follow

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This is part 5 of our 6-part series on persuasion. This fifth part focuses on authority. People defer to experts and to those in positions of authority. We all want to know “Who’s in charge?”. 

Find out how you can be the leader others want to follow by becoming a subject matter expert.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/.

To check out the Influence and Impact Summit and to catch Mary’s exclusive interview, register at http://bit.ly/IandISummit

Episode 75 | Persuasion Part 4: Why Written and Verbal Commitments are a Must

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This is part 4 of our 6-part series on persuasion. This fourth part focuses on commitment and consistency. People want to be consistent. If they make a public commitment to give, there is a good chance they will follow through. Find out how you can use written and verbal commitments to increase donations and volunteer hours for your cause.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/.

To check out the Influence and Impact Summit and to catch Mary’s exclusive interview, register at http://bit.ly/IandISummit

Episode 74 | Persuasion Part 3: How to Use Peer Pressure for Good

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This is part 3 of a 6-part series on persuasion. This third part focuses on social proof and how people will do what they see others doing. Find out how you can use peer pressure to increase donations and create model volunteers and donors for your cause. 

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/.

To check out the Influence and Impact Summit and to catch Mary’s exclusive interview, register at http://bit.ly/IandISummit

Episode 73 | Persuasion Part 2: How Kindness Can Increase Donations

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This is part 2 of a 6 part series on persuasion. This second part focuses on reciprocity. Listen in to hear how your donors and your cause can receive mutual benefit from partnering together.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 72 | The 5 Things You Can Do to Get People to Like You

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This is part 1 of a 6 part series on persuasion. The first of the six focuses on our ability to be likable. Listen in to hear the 5 things we all need to do to attract more people to us so and to our cause.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 71 | How to Increase Volunteer Commitment by Threatening to Fire Them – An Interview With MS Society Volunteer, Tanya Nordhaus

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Tanya is a longtime volunteer and supporter of the MS Society, but after years of volunteering her role drastically changed when she was almost fired from her volunteer role. 

On this episode, listen in to find out how you can recruit a dedicated volunteer like Tanya to your organization and what you need to do to keep her coming back year after year.

For more information about Mary Valloni, visit http://maryvalloni.com and to join our fundraising community on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 70 | The #1 Skill of Our Times

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How long can you do one thing, and just one thing, before you get pulled away by something else of equal (but probably less) importance? 

This is the world we’re living in today where distractions and information overload consume our day to day activities. It’s harder than ever to be successful, but it is possible. 

It’s possible if you learn the skill of focus. In this episode you’ll learn how to take back your calendar so you can improve your work and raise more funds. 

For more information about Mary Valloni and to download the “7 Step Roadmap to Get Fully Funded”, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join our fundraising community on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 69 | 6 Life-Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Teresa

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One of the most admired women of all time is Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta). Known for her charitable work she has inspired nonprofit leaders for decades. In this episode we talk about 6 of the life-lessons we can learn from Mother Teresa including: 

1. We need each other.

2. You matter.

3. The only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.

4. A smile is a gift.

5. You won’t be given more than you can handle.

6. Start where you are.

For more information about Mary Valloni and to download the 7 Step Roadmap to get fully funded, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join our fundraising community on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 68 | How to Serve and Not Sell

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It’s easy to slip into trying to sell your cause to a potential donor if every dollar matters. If you are desperate for donations you’ll do whatever it takes to bring in the dollars including selling without serving. What if you “served” your potential donor and come without wanting anything in return?

On today’s episode, we talk about how to effectively serve your potential donors and supporters by working for them. If you take the time to raise awareness and educate your people well, you’ll find that people who care about the same group of people you serve will be drawn to your cause and will want to see you succeed. If you help others, they will want to help you. 

They’ll want to see you financially secure and you’ll want the same for them. Listen in to hear the rest of the conversation.

For more information about Mary Valloni and to download the 7 Step Roadmap to get fully funded, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/ to join in on the fundraising conversation and catch the recording of our May Fellowship.

Episode 67 | The Top 3 Nonprofit Killers

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Most nonprofit organizations start because of a great need, but nearly 50% can’t keep up with the demand. 

On today’s episode we talk about the challenges of our nonprofits and the three primary killers of our nonprofits today:

1. Leadership can’t get out of the way.

2. Crazy growth too fast without a foundation

3. Confusing vision and mission

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 66 | 3 Ways to Effectively Use Social Media to Promote Your Cause

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Authenticity is one of the primary concerns for nonprofit leaders, but all you have to do is be you. No one expects you to be anything else. Remember social media is just a tool in your tool belt. It is one of many ways to engage with prospective donors and volunteers.

When using social media, consider these three ways to promote you and your cause:

1. Create a Private Facebook Group and Build New Relationships

2. Be Consistent – Show up and share insider information

3. Focus your posts on what people are doing for you!

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 65 | The 4 People You Need in Your Life

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There is no doubt that we all need to surround ourselves with people who “get” us and that starts with these four people. 

1. Coach – a person who supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance.

2. Mentor – an experienced and trusted advisor, a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

3. Peer – someone with similar interests.

4. Coachee – someone you invest into.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 64 | How Much Money Is Enough to Fulfill Your Mission

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Often times we spend our time focused on the dollars we want to bring in for our cause, but we don’t spend time figuring out what it will actually take to fulfill our mission. If freedom is what you desire, you want to spend as much time as possible actually enjoying the work you do. 

Figure out what the minimum amount of money it will take and then go for it. It’s probably closer than you think!

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 63 | Who Do You Need to Become to Be the Leader You Want to Be

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“To achieve something you have never achieved before you must become someone you have never been.” – Les Brown

We’re all faced with trying to figure out what we need to do to become more effective at what we do. Many times we protect ourselves with habits and routines that are comfortable, but I want you to challenge yourself to work towards the person you need to become to be the leader you want to be.

Ask yourself these questions:

•What new habits, disciplines, or behaviors do I need to START?

•What good habits, disciplines, or behaviors do I need to DO MORE OF?

•What poor habits or behaviors do I need to STOP?

Then join us at 10am CST this Friday, April 6th for the Fundraising Freedom Fellowship call as we talk through the habits you need to get rid of and the 3 habits to add to your life. Find out all the details on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/. For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com

Episode 62 | How to Overcome the 4 Obstacles to Change

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Change is hard. If it were easy we’d all be walking around with fully funded retirement accounts and six-pack abs. Because we know it’s hard, we just need to know what obstacles to overcome so we can tackle each of them one at a time. In this episode, we talk through how your past, your habits, your mind and your surroundings could be the culprit and how to overcome them and embrace positive change along the way.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 61 | How to End the Lack and Scarcity Mindset

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When did we decide that our nonprofits deserved less and that we needed handouts from the community? It’s time to change the way we think so we can actually fulfill our mission. On today’s episode we talk through how to get an abundance mindset by eliminating three statements from your thoughts. Do you believe there are people out there who want to be a part of your cause, they just don’t know you exist? Find out how to find them and start attracting them to your cause today.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 60 | How to Enjoy Rejection

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Is it possible to have the same excitement knocking on door #1 as door #101 when people say no after no after no? The answer is YES and it’s possible to enjoy the rejection along the way. We know we don’t need everyone to say yes, but regardless it’s hard to hear no. On today’s episode, find out how you can get more yeses and avoid the feeling of rejection all together!

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 59 | Why it Feels Like People are Dodging You

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There’s usually two reasons why it feels like someone is dodging you, either 1.) they are or 2.) it’s all in your head. If you find yourself following up with potential donors over and over again, you may need to rethink your approach or you may need to avoid being too hard on yourself by assuming it’s all about you. Learn how to avoid the dreaded follow up call, how to ensure someone follows up with you, and much more in this week’s episode.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 58 | The Key to Getting More Face-to-Face Meetings

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No one wants so sit through a painful fundraising pitch, so why would we ask our potential donors to say yes to that? Instead, let’s ask them for their valuable advice and then do what they say. After all, they are our potential donors. Many of them will tell you exactly what to do and say if you were giving the pitch to them. What would they say yes to? That’s what we all want to know. What do our donors want and let’s give it to them.

Face-to-face communication is the best way to get a YES, so let’s get in front of our potential donors and let THEM tell us how to sell to them!

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 57 | 8 Things Every Nonprofit Leader Can Learn From the 2018 Olympic Athletes

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The Winter Olympics are in full swing in Pyeongchang, South Korea bringing together the best athletes from around the world. As the media interviews these athletes, we continue to see patterns of how each of them made it to the big stage and how each of us can learn from them.

Here are the 8 things every nonprofit leader can learn from the athletes of these Winter Games.

1. Olympians expect obstacles and embrace them when they come.

2. Olympians put their lives on the line.

3. Olympians know Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.

4. Olympians have accountability

5. Olympians are teachable.

6. Olympians know that good is not good enough.

7. Olympians are consistent and are creatures of habit.

8. Olympians compartmentalize their emotions.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 56 | How to Avoid Burnout and Take Back Control of Your Life

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Many of us forget that our nonprofit is ineffective if our leaders are overworked, exhausted and burnt out. Your cause is only as good as your leadership, so this episode focuses on how to protect your most valuable asset – You! 

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 55 | 5 Things You Can Do To Attract More Donors

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As you seek to raise more funds for your cause, the most important piece to the puzzle is having enough donors to fulfill every need that comes up. This means we need to ensure we can attract more donors to our cause. On this episode we talk through the 5 things you can do to attract donors in including:

1.  Have a clear vision.

2.  Invite more people to be insiders into your cause (vs. outsiders).

3.  Tell your donors what impact their dollars will have.

4.  Tell people what you need (create a wish list) and let them save the day.

5.  Be where they are.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 54 | Do Mass Mailings Still Work?

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It is 2018 and we are seeing less and less print mail in our mailbox these days, but does that mean that our nonprofits should stop sending out mailings as well? The answer is NO. Mass mailings absolutely still work, but why? Find out how you can make them work for you and how you can add mailings into your communication plan as you connect with your donors and donor prospects.

Mark your calendar and join Mary and other nonprofit leaders for her free monthly online fellowship this Friday, February 2nd. All the details are in the Fundraising Freedom Tribe on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/ and for more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com

Episode 52 | The #1 Thing You Should Do Before Hosting a Fundraising Event

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Nonprofit and ministry leaders often jump into fundraising events before doing this one thing and that’s attending other events. How do you know how to put on a great fundraising event if you’ve never attended another event? Mary shares why it’s so important to attend events that are similar to the one you want to put on and how you can take ideas from those events to ensure your success. Mary also shares why it’s important to be ready to share your need.  You never know what someone might do for you and your cause when you are in the right place at the right time and ready to share!

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 51 | How to Identify and Secure Your Ideal Donor

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Who is your ideal donor? What do they do and why would they like you? We address these questions and more in this episode. Do you find that you are running out of prospects? Identify how to create a plan and how to promote the work you do where your donors are and not where they aren’t.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 50 | How to Start the New Year with a New Attitude

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It’s a new year and with the new year, you may need a new attitude to match! Today’s episode is about how to free yourself from the negativity, how to be a giver, and how to do more of what works. We are in more control of our success than we think we are and if you want more of what works it’s time to remove the things that don’t.

Ministry leaders, be sure to check out Mary’s new podcast, The Fully Funded Podcast with Mike Kim and Mary Valloni, at http://apple.co/2q4BnIW.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 49 | The Top 5 Happiness Quotes from Buddy The Elf

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hristmas movies of all time is Elf, featuring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Check out this episode for the top 5 happiness quotes from the movie and how they relate to nonprofit leaders today.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 48 | What 4 Questions Do You Need to Ask Yourself This Time of Year?

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With only a few weeks left in the calendar year, I wanted to share with you the questions you need to ask yourself. Find out what needs to stay and what needs to go as we wrap up 2017 and head into 2018. How will you best share your message and clear out anything that could be holding you back.

For details about our January 2nd Mastermind Group, go to http://maryvalloni.com/coaching and be sure to submit your application by Friday, December 15th at 12:00 midnight CST.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/

Episode 47 | 7 Things To Do When You Feel Totally Overwhelmed

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It’s December, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year and the most stressful as well! If you are feeling totally overwhelmed here’s the 7 things you should do today. Don’t let your mind run you down the wrong path, learn what to do to take back control and stay on target to finish out the year strong.

For details about our January 2nd Mastermind Group, go to maryvalloni.com/coaching and be sure to submit your application by Friday, December 15th at 12:00 midnight CST.

For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/