FYI Blog

Avalon Dispatch 09.21.2021

Dear friends, Last week Avalon SVP Jackie Libby and I attended the Kennedy Center’s 50th anniversary concert. It was a great night for the Kennedy Center; the program represented the best of their diverse programming, and we had a fabulous time. The event began with Native American song, ended with Hip Hop, and featured Jazz, […]

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September 21, 2021

Apple Privacy Update and Your Email Tracking

New iOS update and its impact on email tracking There are some upcoming changes to email tracking with Apple devices and Avalon is on it. Apple’s upcoming release of iOS 15 on Monday, September 20, 2021, will include the rollout of Mail Privacy Protection. This feature allows users to block tracking of email metrics like […]

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September 20, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 09.14.2021

Dear friends, Last week I wrapped up TNPA’s Essential Leadership Lab (Part 2) and several weeks of conversations with an incredible group of my fellow fundraising leaders. The topic was RESILIENCE, and this week I’m still thinking about how fundraisers can be resilient through so many crises. The lab’s next cycle—on partnerships and strategic alliances—starts […]

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September 14, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 09.07.2021

Dear friends, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. We needed it, after last week’s political news. Restrictive voting laws and limits to reproductive freedom in Texas are an absolute outrage, and it seems that each day brings a new climate crisis. There is so much work to do on our issues. In the spirit […]

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September 7, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 08.31.2021

  Dear friends, The transition to fall has been a busy time, with continued COVID uncertainty. Good luck to everyone navigating back-to-school and return-to-office plans! As guidelines continue to evolve, I’m leaning on these strategies for leading through uncertainty. On a positive note, I was heartened by the FDA’s Pfizer approval, which unlocked several employer […]

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August 31, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 08.24.2021

  Dear friends, It has been a difficult week of news, full of heartbreaking stories and images. It is hard to process so many families, communities, and even nations in crisis. As always, I find hope in the determination and responsiveness of our nonprofit community. Thank you. You make a difference, and I’m grateful. In […]

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August 24, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 08.17.2021

  Dear friends, I’m excited to begin this week’s dispatch by sharing Avalon’s return to office plans. I recently announced to staff and clients that we will remain a remote-first team, and that all staff will retain full-time telecommuting benefits. We will continue to have a physical office headquarters in Washington, DC, but we have […]

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August 17, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 08.10.2021

  Dear friends, I hope you are well, notwithstanding news around the Delta variant. If you’re experiencing “COVID ambivalence,” you’re not alone. According to Steven Taylor, professor at the University of British Columbia and author of The Psychology of Pandemics, “Uncertainty is a pervasive, abstract stressor.” The good news, however, is that history points to patterns […]

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August 10, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 08.03.2021

  Dear friends, Between cautious guidance from the CDC on the Delta variant and congressional hearings on the January 6 violence at the Capitol, it has been a sobering week. Both are reminders of how much the country has been through—and what we still face together. I echo these words from Avalon senior vice-president Margot O’Leary, in reaction to officers’ testimony: “So often we move on from events when they’re out of sight, out […]

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August 3, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 07.27.2021

  Dear friends, Following a great Bridge Conference (thank you to everyone who made it such an incredible event!), we are continuing professional development internally at Avalon. This includes Unconscious Bias and Cultural Humility Training with our DEI consultant Jaye Holly and Interview Training with Melissa Ferrell of the HR Team. These topics are closely related and essential to our DEI work, especially as we grow our team. (On […]

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July 27, 2021