I have been overwhelmed by the number of clients and partners reaching out to congratulate Avalon on our recent acquisition of Tripi Consulting. Thank you for your kind words and good cheer. Sharing this milestone with you makes it even more exciting. It has been inspiring to learn more about the incredible missions of the Tripi/now Avalon clients, and we look forward to bringing our data-driven approach and broad support and fundraising experience to your programs!
In other good news, Carmen Del Guercio, President and CEO of Maryland Food Bank (MFB), was recently featured as one of Baltimore Magazine’s GameChangers 2021. In the article, he speaks about his hope that MFB will both continue to address current needs and improve the conditions that cause food insecurity in the first place: “Over time, playing that role is going to help us reduce the number of people who rely on food banks, and maybe, someday in the future, food banks might not even exist.”
Kudos also to Orbis for their recent Flight for Sight event. It was a creative and highly interactive fundraising event that included virtual flights into some of their key service locations, along with fun and competitive games. The Avalon/Orbis team finished 3rd out of about 8, and we did surprisingly well in the Canadian Trivia competition. Well done, everyone!
Avalon’s DEI task force recommends this post from Stacey Nguyen at Community Centric Fundraising: “7 tips to write content that is more accessible.” Nguyen points out that accessibility is the responsibility of everyone who touches a campaign:
In HR news, the desire to do good is trending. The Wall Street Journal reports that Effective Altruism (EA) is leading some professionals to change careers. EA is a science- and data-based approach to doing good, developed by Oxford philosophers in the late 2000s. Early EA emphasized philanthropy, but recently the movement has shifted towards career development. Whereas “the early archetype of an EA acolyte was an investment banker or tech executive who gave large sums,” now the movement includes many professionals who also want to align their day-to-day work with their values. I suggest they join us in fundraising!
Speaking of which, Avalon has several open positions, so please point your favorite fundraisers in our direction. We always tout our excellent benefits, but this month we’re also proud of our candy bracket, “The Sweet Sixteen”. As always, it’s a heated battle. Here’s one thing we know for sure: “candy corn is Halloween’s most contentious sweet.”