FYI Blog

Avalon Dispatch 10.27.20

Dear friends, T-minus one week until Election Day. I know I don’t need to remind you to vote or make a plan to vote yourself, so here’s the level up: please encourage your staff in their plans to vote. The Society for Human Resource Management has a great round-up of ways employers can support turnout. Let’s do this! […]

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October 27, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 10.20.20

Dear friends, I hope you are having a good week. We had several happy occasions at Avalon recently, including birthdays, an Avalon anniversary, a wedding, and even a new baby! Special congratulations to Avalon Office Manager Cherea Stoney on her marriage, and to Director of Client Reporting and Data Management Kate Cecchini Beaver on the […]

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October 20, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 10.13.20

Dear friends, Last week’s vice-presidential debate played out as expected, with the humorous exception of the insect that has everyone buzzing. The internet rose to the occasion with a Twitter account for Debate Fly and a deluge of memes. Even better, the Biden campaign quickly jumped on the fundraising opportunity in very creative ways. Kudos and thank […]

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October 13, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 10.06.20

  Dear friends, I am thrilled to kick off this letter by sharing that Avalon is celebrating five MAXI Award wins! Kudos to these Avalon teams and clients: Farm Sanctuary, Friends of Smithsonian, Galapagos Conservancy, National Air and Space Museum, and The Trustees. The awards will take place in a virtual ceremony on November 5, […]

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October 6, 2020

Avalon Weekly Dispatch 9.29.20

Dear friends, With the fall equinox last Tuesday, we are officially in election season. A change in presidential leadership is critical, of course, and we also need progressive legislators in the House and Senate. I hope everyone reading this not only is registered, but also has a plan to vote. The Avalon team is beginning […]

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September 29, 2020

Avalon Weekly Dispatch 9.22.20

  Dear friends, Like you, I was heartbroken to hear the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last Friday. So much has been written, but I was most moved by her own words, published by the New York Times in October 2016.  RBG was an icon for good reason and a fierce balance of power. But […]

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September 22, 2020

Avalon Weekly Dispatch 9.15.20

Dear friends, As you know, last week marked the anniversary of 9/11. It is hard to believe that nineteen years have passed since that unforgettable day. While memories and images of the attacks are still painful, I remain heartened by the dedication of first responders. On a bright note, I recently read about this nineteen-year partnership between […]

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September 16, 2020

Avalon Analytics Announces Enhanced VitalStats™ Dashboard

I’m thrilled to announce Avalon’s new VitalStats™ Dashboard. This tool highlights the most important fundraising metrics for your program in a digestible, actionable and easy-to-share format. Fundraising dashboards allow you to quickly evaluate, make decisions, and communicate to your leadership about your program. You will know at-a-glance how your program is doing, what has changed, […]

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September 11, 2020

Avalon Weekly Dispatch 9.08.20

  Dear friends, As of today, most families are officially back to school. My older son Luca began his freshman year of college online, and, barring last minute changes, we head to Charleston this weekend for his move-in. My younger son Alex began tenth grade with hybrid learning, and, as a board member, I am […]

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September 8, 2020

Avalon Weekly Dispatch 9.01.20

Dear friends, The RNC  took center stage last week, and the stark contrast between events has me even more motivated to change our country’s leadership. As you well know, we need people to VOTE. We also need people to work the polls; from mail drama to voter suppression to COVID, polling work is particularly essential this year. Avalon […]

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September 1, 2020