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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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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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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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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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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Matching Gift and Challenge Grant Guide

Matching Gifts and Challenge Grants play a key role in boosting response in direct mail, telemarketing, and online campaigns. Yet, the execution of a matching gift campaign must be very deliberate, and technical to ensure success. Marketing Your Campaign Accurately Challenge Grants and Matching Gifts are often confused or used interchangeably. Yet, they are distinct […]

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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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