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

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

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

“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…Continue reading Episode 95 | 25 Ways to Thank Your Donors So They Keep Coming Back

Episode 93 | The Personality Test That Everyone is Talking About

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…Continue reading Episode 93 | The Personality Test That Everyone is Talking About

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

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

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

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

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

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?…Continue reading Episode 88 | How Your Relationship with Money Can Sabotage or Create Your Success

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

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

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

“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…Continue reading Episode 83 | The Power of Being For Something and Not Against It

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

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!…Continue reading Episode 77 | Persuasion Part 6: How to Use Scarcity to Fund Your Operations Budget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,…Continue reading Episode 66 | 3 Ways to Effectively Use Social Media to Promote Your Cause

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

“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…Continue reading Episode 63 | Who Do You Need to Become to Be the Leader You Want to Be

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

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

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

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

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

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