FYI Blog

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

Avalon Dispatch 07.20.2021

  Dear friends, I hope you are enjoying the summer weather and a bit of seasonal flexibility. I am always amazed at how much fundraisers accomplish during this season, as we simultaneously run campaigns, prepare for fall and year-end, and make the most of vacations and sunny days. Here at Avalon, we are diligent in […]

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July 20, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 07.13.2021

  Dear friends, To begin with some good news…Happy  24th  Anniversary to Avalon! Tomorrow, July 14, is the date of our founding. I am so proud of the work we have done to further progressive causes and to grow as professionals and as a team. I remember those early days fondly and I am eager for the next phase. We have positioned the company—and helped […]

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July 13, 2021

DEI-Informed Fundraising: Hiring and Change

This post is part five of a five-part series on DEI-informed fundraising. In part one of this series, we explored the connection between list strategies and DEI—and concluded that lists alone cannot make an organization more diverse. In part two, we offered six principles for DEI-informed messaging. Part three was a dive into the connection […]

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July 7, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 07.06.2021

  Dear friends, I hope the long weekend and the Fourth of July holiday were a good break for you. Last week was a busy one at Avalon, including a series of strategic planning meetings for our senior leadership team. With so much going on at any given time, I consider this kind of intentional, […]

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July 6, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 06.29.21

  Dear friends, It has been a big news week. The Senate’s failure to move forward on federal voting legislation was a disappointment. All eyes are on the filibuster, and President Biden assures Americans that the fight for voting rights is far from over. In addition, Derek Chauvin’s sentencing was both milestone and call to […]

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June 29, 2021

DEI-Informed Fundraising: How Digital Marketing Can Further Your DEI Goals

This post is part four of a five-part series on DEI-informed fundraising. In part one of this series, we explored the connection between list strategies and DEI—and concluded that lists alone cannot make an organization more diverse. In part two, we offered six principles for DEI-informed messaging. In part three, we applied a DEI lens […]

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June 22, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 06.22.21

  Dear friends, What a full weekend! I hope you were able to honor Juneteenth and Father’s Day with your loved ones. Happy Father’s Day to all the families in our Avalon community. And Happy Juneteenth. Juneteenth was already a paid holiday at Avalon, but I was glad to see Congress make an official designation […]

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June 22, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 06.15.21

  Dear friends, Greetings from my happy place! I have a longstanding tradition of visiting Nantucket in June, and this year remote work has enabled me to extend my visit. I have been working some, and I will also log off completely for a true vacation. I love this reminder from The Muse to use […]

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June 15, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 06.08.21

  Dear friends, Happy pride month to all! I am thrilled that this year’s events will feature more in-person gatherings. I hope you have fun with your celebrations. 🏳️‍🌈 While I enjoy the month’s festive atmosphere, I also want to honor ongoing work for LGBTQIA+ justice. One issue I’ve been learning more about is the […]

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June 8, 2021