FYI Blog

A Culture of Continuous Improvement

As we begin the new year, processing the year end results (AWESOME) and working on plans for 2020, I’m reflecting on how Avalon has grown and evolved since its founding in 1997. We’ve moved forward and evolved as a firm in ways I couldn’t imagine 23 years ago—including our collaborative work spaces and work-from-home options […]

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January 23, 2020

Hot off the Presses…

Avalon President Allison Porter and writer Faith Brown Kerr have authored a chapter in the brand-new book: Sustainable Revenue for Museums: A Guide, edited by Samantha Chmelik. Dedicated to “…the volunteers, staff, and board members at museums, historic sites, zoos, aquaria, botanical gardens, and nature parks,” the guide presents a survey of the best practices being […]

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October 25, 2019

Do you know the golden rule of ethical fundraising – and why it matters?

Avalon was recently surprised to learn that one of the digital partners for a client based their fees on a percentage of revenue raised for a client. I’ll start by saying I believe that leading a culture of principled decision-makers is more ethically robust than micromanaging a team of rule-followers. However, the “golden rule” for […]

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September 25, 2019

Clients in the News–March 2019

NatGeo Makes Instagram Top 10. We were thrilled to see that National Geographic made the list of top 10 Instagram accounts earlier this year with its breathtaking photos of wildlife and landscapes. Despite being nudged out of the top 10 this month (by a sports highlights feed), NatGeo’s photographs are always thought provoking and beautiful. Visit Instagram to see […]

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March 25, 2019

Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You

Avalon president Allison Porter recently explored best practices for trying new channels, creative, and investments in her DMAW Advents article: “The Next Hot, New Fundraising Idea – It’s Risky Business.” In it, she wisely counsels fundraising professionals to understand, mitigate, and be transparent about the risk of trying new things in nonprofit fundraising. She explores […]

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January 24, 2019

Industry Reports To Help Make You Smarter

1. 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study
    M+R 
    http://www.mrbenchmarks.com/

2. 2014 Charitable Giving Report
    Blackbaud
    https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/charitablegiving

3. Index of National Fundraising Performance – Q3 2014
    Blackbaud
    https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/national-fundraising-performance-index


4. 2014 Annual Report on Philanthropy
    Giving USA
    http://www.givingusareports.org

5. 2014 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study
    NTEN and M+R
    http://mrbenchmarks.com/2015-archive.html

6. The Next Generation of American Giving
    Blackbaud
    https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/generational-giving-report

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February 9, 2015

Consumer Confidence Up for Fourth Straight Month

The upward trend continues! According to the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index released today, consumer confidence increased again in August – the Index now stands at at 92.4 (1985=100), up from 90.3 in July.
Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, elaborated on the good news, saying, “Consumer confidence increased for the fourth consecutive month as improving business conditions and robust job growth helped boost consumers’ spirits. Looking ahead, consumers were marginally less optimistic about the short-term outlook compared to July, primarily due to concerns about their earnings. Overall, however, they remain quite positive about the short-term outlooks for the economy and labor market.”

We will keep an eye on the slight dip in short-term optimism among consumers, but we are pleased with the upward trend as we move closer to the fourth quarter fundraising blitz.

To read the full report, visit the Conference Board’s website.

CCI Aug 2014

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August 26, 2014

Industry Reports To Help Make You Smarter – OLD

1. 2014 Charitable Giving Report
    Blackbaud
    https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/charitablegiving

2. Index of National Fundraising Performance – Q3 2014
    Blackbaud
    https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/national-fundraising-performance-index

 

3. 2014 Annual Report on Philanthropy
    Giving USA
    http://www.givingusareports.org

 

4. 2014 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study
    NTEN and M+R
    http://www.mrbenchmarks.com/

 

5. The Next Generation of American Giving
    Blackbaud
    https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/generational-giving-report

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April 23, 2013