FYI Blog

Avalon Dispatch 10.19.2021

  Dear friends, Between this November’s election and energized punditry around the midterms and 2024, electoral politics are back on the front page. I have also noticed an uptick in reporting on political uncertainties and the threat of constitutional crisis. At the same time, I take heart in the determination of nonprofits and their donors […]

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October 19, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 10.12.2021

  Dear friends, I’m happy to report a smooth first week of welcoming new colleagues and clients from Tripi Consulting. Meanwhile, fall fundraising is in full swing for everyone. It’s an exciting time for the nonprofit sector—and a busy one. With so much going on, I’m encouraging the Avalon team to revisit best practices for […]

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October 12, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 10.05.2021

  Dear friends, Yesterday, I shared some exciting news. Effective October 1, Avalon has acquired direct marketing agency Tripi Consulting. With this acquisition, Avalon will be almost 60 people representing over 45 nonprofits—including 11 Tripi clients who empower women, deliver critical health services, fight for justice, and advocate for LGBTQ individuals. I’m so grateful to […]

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October 5, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 9.28.2021

  Dear friends,   It was a tremendous relief last week when Pfizer-BioNTech announced that their coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective in children ages 5 – 11. They hope that millions can be immunized by Halloween. What a deadline! It’s an exciting milestone for everyone. I’m sure you also know that last week was […]

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September 28, 2021

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

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