FYI Blog

Avalon Dispatch 10.04.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, a new season for Avalon’s film club, donor engagement, business card trends, thinking traps to avoid, and more. Read it here!  Dear friends, In the wake of Fiona’s damage in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Ian pushed a devastating path through Cuba, Florida, and South Carolina last week. If any of you […]

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October 4, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 09.27.2022

This week, we are celebrating: a big win for national parks, Hispanic Heritage Month, creative inspiration, the resurgence of direct mail, client traditions, and more. Read more here, in the @AvalonFYI dispatch! Dear friends, Welcome to autumn! I enjoy the change of seasons and especially the energy of fall. Though it can be stressful for […]

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September 27, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 09.20.2022

The importance of rest and recovery, Republicans’ fundraising mistakes, accessible events, strategic planning, jellyfish, and more…read it here in the @AvalonFYI dispatch! Dear friends, I spent several days last week at a strategic planning offsite with Avalon’s client service and finance leaders. It was inspiring to connect with this team in person and invigorating to […]

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September 20, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 09.13.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find a 9/11 reflection from Allison Porter, a State of the Industry Town Hall, a Mastercard update, 13 good habits for direct response fundraising leaders, and more.   Dear friends, I spent a lot of time last weekend thinking about the events of 9/11 and my own experiences. […]

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September 13, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 09.06.2022

This week, the @AvalonFYI Dispatch is a thank you note—and a reminder that good communications are good strategy. THANK YOU to the Avalon team that makes this weekly communication possible, and to each of you for reading!   Dear friends, Every morning, Avalon senior leaders rotate the responsibility of sending a “Daily Update” to the […]

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September 6, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 08.30.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find joy in fundraising, performing arts trends, Apple Pay news, a retro ad for Microsoft Excel, and more! Read it here:   Dear friends, Back to school is in full swing, and both my boys have resumed classes. Alex is a senior in high school, and Luca just […]

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August 30, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 08.23.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find digital accessibility, tips for persuading others, USPS news, and an antidote for perfectionism. Check it out!   Dear friends, It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching the end of August. If you have children returning to school, I hope their academic year is off to a good […]

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August 23, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 08.16.2022

In today’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, look for us at Nationals Park! Plus, new regulations from Mastercard, how to make a good apology, a data visualization of ancient Earth, and more… Read it here!   Dear friends, I am savoring the success of the Inflation Reduction Act, which is a misleading title for a complex piece of […]

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August 16, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 08.09.2022

Democratic fundraising emails, Instagram videos, the first-ever direct mail catalog, free national parks days, and more—all in this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch. Read it here!   Dear friends, At the recommendation of some friends I stepped out of my day to day duties last week to join an incredible group of diverse leaders from multiple sectors […]

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August 9, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 08.02.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch: MAXI awards, client success, a new digital fundraising tool, and tons of in-person collaboration. Read it here!   Dear friends, The past few weeks have been busy. I’ve logged a lot of miles to London, Boston, the Bridge Conference, and, this week, the SALA Conference. It’s been a whirlwind, but […]

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August 2, 2022