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Avalon Dispatch 01.26.21

  Dear friends, We made it to the Biden era! For many of us, this marks the REAL beginning of 2021 – and a sigh of relief that Trump’s chaos is over. I am thrilled to see renewed focus and leadership from the executive branch. The inauguration was historic in many ways ­(yay, Kamala!), and […]

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January 26, 2021

Avalon Dispatch: It’s a big week.

  Dear friends, I send you this letter on the Tuesday between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. It is quite the juxtaposition, especially this year. I hope you find meaningful ways to mark both occasions, along with everything they represent. On an important fundraising note, Avalon is prepared to respond […]

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January 19, 2021

DMAW AdVents January 2021: Rethinking Engagement for Remote Teams

Rethinking Engagement for R… by Allison Porter

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January 14, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 01.12.21

  Dear friends, Last week was difficult, especially for those of us who love DC. I will never forget the chaotic images from the Capitol, which I never imagined possible, or the outrageously incongruent policing. At the same time, everyone on the side of progressive change has cause for celebration: Biden’s certification and Democrats’ Georgia Senate […]

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January 12, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 1.05.21

  Dear friends, Happy new year! I hope that everyone found meaningful ways to enjoy the December holidays, and rest. It was a low-key Christmas here, but I have begun to appreciate the beauty of a quieter schedule. And it is always a treat to spend time with Luca, Alex, and my canine children, Churchill […]

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January 5, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 12.22.20

  Dear friends, We are at the end of this incredibly challenging year, and I hardly have words for the experience. Suffice it to say that, amid exhaustion, worry, and loss, I also feel immense pride at how we have responded together. The nonprofit sector and our community of fundraisers not only have done the […]

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December 22, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 12.15.20

  Dear friends, As I write this, the Electoral College is convening across the country to elect our next president. I thought NPR captured the moment well with this sentiment from first-time Pennsylvania elector Nina Ahmad: “I’m feeling excited. I’m feeling glad that the day is finally here and we can do our duty and move on.” […]

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December 15, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 12.08.20

  Dear friends, Congratulations on a very successful Giving Tuesday! Avalon has posted an update here. The key takeaway is that donations were up for most organizations – both because of the longer window around the event and on the strength of COVID giving. Many nonprofits started their campaigns up to a week early, and some […]

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December 8, 2020

#GivingTuesday: the gift that keeps on giving

  As we enter the final gasps of 2020, nonprofits are looking ahead. And Giving Tuesday is giving them reason to smile. Despite the ongoing pandemic, rising unemployment rates, and voters still recovering from the election, donors maintained their generosity and are giving nonprofits – and those they serve –hope of closing out 2020 on […]

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December 3, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 12.01.20

  Dear friends, I hope everyone reading had a nice Thanksgiving. It was different this year, and at the same time particularly poignant. This has been a clarifying year in so many ways. I am grateful for a slightly quieter schedule, time with my kids, and a new puppy. But mostly I am grateful that […]

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December 1, 2020