• Nonprofit Hero

  • Five Easy Steps to Successful Board Fundraising
  • By: Valerie M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Valerie M. Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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Nonprofit Hero is written by Valerie Jones, who has raised more than $175 million for nonprofits and coached thousands of people to authentically and successfully ask for the causes they care about. She’s addressed more than 50 audiences from Baltimore to Beijing and is one of fewer than 10,000 Certified Fund-Raising Executives (CFREs) worldwide. 

In addition to running her boutique consulting firm, Valerie M. Jones Associates (VMJA), she’s volunteered extensively, serving nonprofits as president, chair, board member, and committee member. Her method works. Trained boards report increased comfort and willingness to ask. Many indicate they are prepared to ask for bigger gifts, can identify more prospective donors, and intend to contact these prospects sooner. 

Her book, Nonprofit Hero, contains stories, tools, and exercises not included in trainings. Listeners will learn how to:  

  • Honor their fears. Surprisingly, these contain their personal prescription for success. 
  • Channel their passion by tapping the energy of why they want what they want. 
  • Discover their asking personality, including how they should and shouldn’t ask. 
  • Get started with tips on 30 simple things to do right now for free to help raise money. 
  • Follow five easy steps, starting with thanking, not asking, and with givers, not prospects. 
  • Cast themselves as stars, finding the step they’ll most enjoy and at which they’ll excel. 
  • Attract support by listening, understanding motivations, and helping fulfill donors’ desires. 
  • Elevate their speech so that they can make their case sincerely and with compelling confidence. 
  • Get in the right frame of mind to show up ready for “yes”, not braced for “no”. 

This audiobook also helps listeners form an in-depth description of their asking personality. It illustrates how they can best thank, steward, research, cultivate, and ask; which of the five steps they favor; how to address their fears; play to their strengths; overcome their weaknesses; and how to get what they need to excel.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Valerie M. Jones (P)2019 Valerie M. Jones

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Get Past Your Fears, Start Raising Funds

Listen to Val Jones' new audio book Nonprofit Hero, and you'll get up to speed fast. Jones has enjoyed a long and fruitful career in nonprofit fundraising. She loves securing funds for artistic, cultural and environmental groups. She is renowned among her fellow Certified Fund-Raising Executives for raising over $175 million through the years. And now she's using her warm, smart voice to share what she knows, which is quite a lot. Jones knows why we find it hard to ask others for money. She knows how to move past our fears and get on with the business of fruitful fundraising. She knows how to build a skillful support team, because she's been doing that for years as well. Her tips and strategies are road-tested. So click on your favorite listening device, sit back and get ready for Jones to tell you some stories. She happens to be a great storyteller, and her success stories will leave you smarter and smiling.

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  • 08-03-20

As engaging and entertaining as it is practical

In Nonprofit Hero, Valerie Jones manages to dress up what could otherwise be a dreary recitation of how to fundraise through the use of real-life anecdotes, literary and theatrical references, and pop psychology in a way that makes me, a veteran "ask" 'fraidy cat, want to go out and raise money for worthy causes. As much as I enjoyed reading the book, Jones' narration in the Audible version brings her passionate approach and expertise to life quite palpably. I often found myself smiling, chuckling, and admiring her blend of humility, humor and moxie as I listened. This is a must-listen for anyone who is involved in any way with fundraising, whether as a development director or a board member of a nonprofit.

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  • 07-31-20

Quick listen with actionable insights

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I've served on various board for nearly a decade, and even done some moderately successful fundraising during that time, but it wasn't until I read this that I had that true "aha!" moment. The book was an easy read -- and surprisingly funny, too, which always helps when facing our fears and weaknesses -- that was full of real tips I could begin implementing right away. This is going to help me with fundraising, which is going to make me a better board member, which is going to ultimately support the organizations and missions that matter to me. Definitely worth the investment of having a book I can refer to as my pump up go-to resource again and again!