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Repost: Future Fundraising Now- The shockingly high cost of “resting” donors after they give

Repost: Future Fundraising Now- The shockingly high cost of “resting” donors after they give by Future Fundraising Now on Scribd

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July 13, 2020

2019 AMMC Takeaways

2019 AMMC Takeaways  A group of Avalonians made their way to Pittsburgh recently for the American Museum Membership Conference. As always, AMMC is a great opportunity to hear about terrific ideas for how museums can engage and retain members, and improve the visitor experience. Let’s kick off our round-up of conference takeaways with Avalon’s presentation.  […]

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May 14, 2019

The Balancing Act

  Happiness  is equilibrium. Shift your weight…You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift.   I like this quote by playwright Tom Stoppard—reminding us that we are all in a constant state of finding our balance in all facets of our lives. We’re always making […]

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March 7, 2019

The Paper Chase

Does it seem like mailing kick-off meetings and approval deadlines are coming up earlier and earlier? It’s not your imagination. It’s the paper mills. The paper industry has experienced all kinds of turmoil lately, fueled by the closing of paper mills, increased trucking costs, and a ramped-up need for shelf-ready packaging. Consequently, many paper mills […]

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September 20, 2018

What does Netflix have to do with online fundraising?

The Blackbaud Luminate Online Benchmark Report for 2017 is out, with its always-fascinating take on the ups and downs and breakthroughs in online fundraising. This study looks at the metrics of more than 700 non-profits (all Blackbaud Luminate Online customers) to provide overall benchmarks, with those 700 organizations categorized into appropriate sectors, or verticals. There […]

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February 23, 2018

Fasten Your Seatbelts…

Let’s face it: we’re in for another roller coaster year. We know that. What we don’t know is what the high and low points will be; what will trigger or suppress giving; what the political landscape will look like in a year—or tomorrow. As an industry, we need to collaborate more than ever, sharing strategies […]

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January 31, 2018

donorCentrics™ Index Shows Continued Atypical Growth for Third Quarter

donorCentrics is out with its always-fascinating index of direct marketing giving for the first three quarters of 2017. The headline tells the story: Post-Election and Disaster Giving Drive Strong Growth in First Three Quarters of 2017. It covers gifts from direct mail, web, telemarketing, and other direct marketing channels to 70 organizations comprising more than […]

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January 30, 2018

Consumer Confidence Improves Further in August 2017

The Consumer Confidence Index® which had increased in July, improved further in August. The Index now stands at 122.9 (1985=100), up from 120.0 in July. “Consumer confidence increased in August following a moderate improvement in July,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board.

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September 1, 2017

Consumer Confidence Saw a Slight Increase in June 2017

The Consumer Confidence Index® which had decreased in May, increased moderately in June. The Index now stands at 118.9 (1985=100), up from 117.6 in May.

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July 11, 2017