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Clients in the News – Special COVID-19 Edition

Like so many of us, Avalon clients are working from home, practicing social distancing, tutoring their kids and grandkids, and somehow still managing to move their critical organizational missions forward. Here’s what our clients are working on—and ways we can all get involved—as they work to help us all thrive during this unprecedented time.   […]

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April 7, 2020

Clients in the News – February 2020

Increasing Safety for Pigs and Humans Farm Sanctuary and six other animal welfare groups filed a federal lawsuit recently, seeking to make it illegal for slaughterhouses to kill pigs that arrive at the pork-processing plant unable to stand. These potentially sick animals are more likely to harbor and transmit food-borne diseases, which can be dangerous […]

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February 21, 2020

Clients in the News – January 2020

  “Hunger doesn’t go away once the holidays are over, in fact, January and February is a time we see a lot of need from those who are really having trouble making ends meet,” said Joanna Warner with the Maryland Food Bank. So MFB is joining forces with the Enoch Pratt Library throughout January, to help […]

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January 29, 2020

Giving Tuesday’s Impact Continues to Grow

Most of us who work in fundraising were deluged with emails from various nonprofits. But we were also refreshing our donation totals to see how generous donors were being to their favorite causes. In all, Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving, spurred record numbers of charitable giving this week with $511 million raised online […]

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December 5, 2019

The REACH Opens to Everyone

  Like so many people in Washington, DC, we’ve been waiting impatiently for the opening of The Kennedy Center’s expansion: The REACH. We’ve made donations to the building fund, and watched the progress as this huge undertaking came to completion, moving the boundaries of the Kennedy Center beyond the stages of its iconic building. Much […]

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October 28, 2019

Clients in the News – October 2019

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch Speaks Out In June, Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture was named the Smithsonian Institution’s 14th secretary. Recently, CBS This Morning ran a fascinating feature on Bunch and his new memoir: A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, […]

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October 24, 2019

Bringing a Museum to Life

One of the most exciting opportunities in my career as a fundraiser has been Avalon’s partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in building a robust Membership program to support the Museum’s opening in September 2016. Lonnie Bunch, the visionary leader and founding director of the Museum, was recently […]

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October 23, 2019

Clients in the News – September 2019

See what KC’s REACH is all about Washington, DC is all abuzz about the recently-opened Kennedy Center’s $250-million REACH expansion sitet. Designed to get the public up close and personal with how art is created, the REACH consists of unique and intimate rehearsal, performance, and outdoor spaces where people can watch performing artists create. NPR recently […]

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September 23, 2019

Clients in the News – August 2019

  REACH for the stars! The Kennedy Center is pulling out all the stops when it opens its much-anticipated expansion, the REACH, in September. For 16 days—September 7-22—the Kennedy Center will hold a free festival, including tours of the new REACH spaces, films, interactive events (like tai chi and virtual reality demonstrations), dance, comedy (Patton Oswalt!), […]

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August 21, 2019

Clients in the News – July 2019

A must read: the open letter from Cynthia Pearson (executive director of the National Women’s Health Network) to Norman Sharpless, the new Food & Drug Administration commissioner. Pearson notes eight strategies for earning a high grade from NWHN, and implores the commissioner to prioritize science and public health over special interests. Read the entire letter on NWHN’s website. […]

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July 22, 2019