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/

The 7 Step Framework to Create a Fundraiser That Actually Raises Funds

Let’s set one thing straight. Is it possible to raise funds without a big fundraising event?

Absolutely! Look at any natural disaster (a hurricane, tornado, tsunami) or tragedy (a school shooting, home fire, deadly car accident). When there is a need, people will find a way to give with or without an organized fundraiser.

What if we’ve been fundraising all wrong?

Many of us have been trying to attract donations by putting on a great party (gala, walk, golf tournament, etc.), but what if we never needed the party at all. What if all we needed was a good cause and good people who were empowered to spread your message?

It would change everything!

After a decade of putting on one too many frustrating fundraisers, I decided to make a major change and I became a student again. Here’s the one huge lesson I learned.

Raising funds alone DOES NOT WORK!

After years of working under some of the very best fundraisers in the business, I put their advice to work as I built out a first year event with a team. The results were astronomical. I raised 25x more money in this one single fundraiser than I raised in any other fundraiser the 10 years prior.

My largest fundraiser prior to this maxed out at $20,000 and now in our first year we were netting $500,000. That is five with five zeros!!!

Year two we net $600,000 and year three we net $715,000! After raising millions of dollars for this one organization, I started raising millions of dollars for other organizations and helping ministry leaders become fully funded using the framework below. For the first time in my fundraising career I had FREEDOM to raise more funds than I ever thought possible!

Here are the 7 Steps:

  1. Focus Your Vision
  2. Run Your Research
  3. Enlist Your Team
  4. Enhance Your Brand
  5. Deploy Your Team
  6. Organize Your Ask
  7. Make Your Difference

The steps in this framework are nothing miraculous, but the results clearly are. This process will ultimately lead you to fundraisers that no one else can compete with. You’ll finally have the freedom to put on the fundraisers that don’t suck the life out of you and actually raise money.

Focus your vision

I’ll get into all the steps in future posts, but for now let’s start with the first step. This is the step that everything else hinges on.

I know a lot of fundraisers who are not trying to rake in the big bucks. They are just trying to pay the bills. For just a few moments, let’s go ahead and silence the bills and just dream a little.

Let’s focus on two things:

  1. Why do you/your cause exist (mission)?
  2. What’s your long-term goal (vision)?

Ask yourself this question:

“What big problem do I want to solve?”

Your answer: ___________________________________.

You go to work every day to solve a big problem. Your goal isn’t to pay bills. Your goal is to solve a big problem. Most likely this problem still exists today because no one else has solved it and you believe you can.

Donors follow BIG vision not line items on your budget.

People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They can be entertained by social media, concerts, sports, etc. They don’t need you to be a party planner. They just need you to tell them WHY they should care and your vision should be so good they can’t imagine NOT being a part of it.

Here’s your “more donors” formula:

Clarity (on the problem you want to solve)

A Plan (to solve and fund it)

=

People (volunteers/donors will want to be a part of it)

I imagine you’ve sacrificed a lot to do the work you do. If you sacrificed and said yes to your cause, don’t you think others will to?

We’ve got to move our focus back to “WHY” we raise funds (your mission/vision) and away from “WHAT” we do to raise funds (walk/gala/bake sale, etc.).

So how do we do it?

Start by asking people for their help and not their money. If you need help raising money, ask people who are good at making money for their help!

If you want to lose weight, you ask people who are healthy and in shape for their help. If you want to raise more money, ask people who are good at making money for their help. Come with realistic expectations just like any other area of your life. The trainer can’t make you skinny the first time you walk into the gym and a wealthy donor can’t solve all of your financial problems with their first check either.

The great thing about people who are gifted at making money is that they don’t always get to use their gifts for a great cause. As the leader of your cause, you have the unique opportunity to invite people in. I will caution though. Do not invite someone to sit at the table if all you want is their money and not their advice. Between you and me, a wealthy individuals advice is way more valuable than any single check to your cause will ever be.

As you focus your vision, remember why you do the work you do. You didn’t get into this work to pay your bills. You came to create a movement that others will following. Once you shift your focus from the dollars to the donors, you’ll be able to create fundraisers that may or may not be attached to fundraising events and donors will be attracted to your cause because of your cause and not your fundraiser.

Let’s go invite the donors in. Give them a voice and their friends (and their dollars) will follow!

To get a full description of every step of the framework, check out my book, Fundraising Freedom, or listen in to episodes 38-45 of the Mary Valloni Show podcast.

To download the first chapter of Fundraising Freedom for FREE, visit maryvalloni.com.

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.

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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.

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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 53 | How to Overcome the Pressure to Succeed

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Find out the two most critical ways to overcome the pressure to succeed. Mary shares how to take it easy on yourself as you focus on your ability to turn any stressful situation around. Often our greatest pressure comes from a place of opportunity. Find out how you can ensure that opportunity is a blessing and not a curse.

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

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.

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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/

Episode 46 | 3 Last-Minute Tips to Make the Most of #GivingTuesday

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Tuesday, November 28th is #GivingTuesday and we’re gearing up for the biggest nonprofit holiday of the year. Listen in to find out what 3 things you must do to make the most out of #GivingTuesday.

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

Episode 45 | Part 7:  Let’s Go Make A Difference

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This is our seventh episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This seventh step is all about making a difference and celebrating your success. This is why we work so hard. Find out how to speak your team’s language so you can celebrate them, how to create a thank-you plan and how to enjoy every moment of the journey with your team.

Thanks to those of you who joined my free training this past week with Mike Kim. We announced that we are doing a LIVE event for missionaries in San Diego next March. Our early bird pricing ends soon, so be sure to reserve your seat, only 40 seats are available, at http://fullyfundedworkshop.com.

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

Episode 44 | Part 6:  How Do I Organize My Ask

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This is the sixth episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This sixth step is centered around how to organize your ask. We talk through how fundraising is like dating, how to avoid giving money and wealthy individuals more power than they deserve, and how to ask for in-kind donations and cash.

Be sure to reserve your seat for my free online training with Mike Kim on the “7 Year-End Fundraising Secrets Every Missionary Needs to Know” on Tuesday, November 14th at 12:00pm CST. Register at http://mikekim.com/7-secrets.

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

Episode 43 | Part 5:  How do I Deploy My Team

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This is the fifth episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This fifth step is centered around how to deploy your team. Learn how to create a strong staff/volunteer partnership, give the right titles to empower your team and trust your team while releasing them to share your message.

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

Episode 42 | Part 4:  How do I Enhance My Brand

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This is the fourth episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This fourth step is centered around how to enhance your brand. Learn how to create a personal brand, an organizational brand, a high-quality logo, a one-page document, a case document, and a fundraising website.

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

Episode 41 | Part 3:  How Do I Enlist My Team

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This is the third episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This third step is centered around how to enlist your team. Learn how to find and recruit your lead volunteer, that one person who can serve as a team captain for your leadership team. Mary shares stories of how she has identified and gone after previous leaders for the organizations she’s worked with and encourages you to go enlist your team.

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

Episode 40 | Part 2:  How Do I Run My Research

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This is the second episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This second step is centered around how to run your research to understand your allies, competition, prospects and yourself. Identify how to best reach out and get the information you need to prepare for your next fundraising campaign.

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

Episode 39 – Part 1:  How Do I Focus My Vision

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This is the first episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This first step is centered around how to focus your vision to attain maximum clarity so your donors know who you are and what you stand for.

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

Episode 37 | How the 80/20 Rule Could Change Your Fundraising

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The 80/20 Rule, commonly called the Pareto principle, states how 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This principle can be a great tool in our tool belt as we tackle our fundraising goals. Find out how you can use this rule to increase the odds that you’ll achieve your fundraising goal and be productive while doing it.

Episode 35 | How to Show Up, Filled Up to Every Ask

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Most people show up to opportunities and experiences in their life with an empty cup. They show up looking for others to serve them. They make decisions based on what’s in it for them and not what’s in it for others. What would happen if you showed up with your cup full? Could you eliminate the fear and self-limiting beliefs all together?

Episode 34 | How to Fundraise in the Midst of a Disaster like Hurricane Harvey

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Find out what to do when a disaster strikes and you still have funds to raise. How do you and your organize move forward without taking a major loss?

Join us Friday, September 8th at 10am CST for the September Fundraising Freedom Fellowship. Submit your questions to mary@maryvalloni.com and join us Sept. 8th. Call in info is posted in the Fundraising Freedom Tribe page at http://facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe

Episode 33 | The 10 Differences Between Busy and Productive People

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1.Busy people are hard workers. Productive people are smart workers.

2.Busy people look like they have a mission. Productive people have a mission.

3.Busy people are fixated on taking action (just do something). Productive people focus on clarity before action.

4.Busy people try to do it all on their own. Productive people find the best people and tools to help them.

5.Busy people have a lot of priorities. Productive people have only a few.

6.Busy people say yes to the good stuff. Productive people say yes to the great stuff (take their time).

7.Busy people talk about how busy they are. Productive people let their results do the talking.

8.Busy people talk about how little time they have. Productive people make time for what is important.

9.Busy people multitask. Productive people focus.

10.Busy people let others control their direction. Production people set their direction and continuously reevaluate their progress.

Are you productive or just busy?

Episode 31 | How One Donor Can Unlock the Door to Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands of New Donors

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In this episode, Mary shows you how to reach out to your ideal donor, ask the right questions, and get the exact verbiage you need to attract future donors to your cause. Learn how to create your target donor profile and understand how you can use testimonials to increase donations from your current donors and bring in tens, hundreds and thousands of new donors.