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Avalon Dispatch 05.21.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find gender equity in nonprofit leadership, advice on collaboration, fundraising in an antiracist age, Mental Health Awareness Month, summer schedules, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, Summer is coming! Avalon will be closed for Memorial Day on Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27. Your teams […]

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May 21, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 05.14.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find “the new IQ,” digital benchmarks, equity in leadership development, client news, a code-a-thon, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, It’s mid-May, and that means we’re in the home stretch for clients with July 1 fiscal years. Not only are we achieving and tracking FY24 goals, […]

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May 14, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 05.07.2024

The Avalon retreat has wrapped! In this week’s dispatch, Allison Porter shares our retreat strategy, event highlights, and lots of gratitude for everyone who made this @AvalonFYI gathering a success. Read all about it here:   Dear friends, Today, I write to you from the glow of a successful Avalon retreat. I thought it would […]

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May 7, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 04.30.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find advice on team culture, the latest on TikTok, an encouraging giving outlook, client success, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, Avalon kicked off our Spring staff retreat today in Annapolis. We have a good mix of learning and social time, along with space for spontaneous connection […]

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April 30, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 04.23.2024

Client recognition, a direct mail revival, marketing lessons from a classic condiment, how to reduce public speaking anxiety, our favorite SNL skit, and more—all in this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch. Read it here!   Dear friends, Greetings from my home in Annapolis, where I’m preparing to host the entire Avalon team for a dinner party! The […]

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April 23, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 04.16.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find benchmarks, data-driven AI, the problem with nonprofit jargon, leadership fitness, college basketball, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, This month, as Americans filed their taxes, threats to abortion care have been all over the news. Arizona’s Supreme Court ruling, cases underway at SCOTUS, and debate […]

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April 16, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 04.09.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find advice on readability, changes at Microsoft, and a new report on the experiences of BIPOC leaders. Most importantly, we honor our former colleague, Amelia Stanley, who passed away on April 2. As Jackie Libby wrote in her moving tribute, “Amelia will be missed by all who knew […]

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April 9, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 04.02.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find questions to ask your donors, trust-based philanthropy, high-energy meetings, Avalon career opportunities, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, It was shocking and very sad to watch the Francis Scott Key Bridge fall in last week’s shipping accident. I’m grateful that they were able to halt traffic […]

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April 2, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 03.26.2024

The first quarter of calendar year 2024 is winding down! In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, learn how we’re taking stock and get the latest on the TikTok ban, AI, trauma-informed messaging, introverted leadership, Avalon team building and more. Read it here:   Dear friends, We are winding down the first quarter of calendar year 2024. Wherever […]

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March 26, 2024

Avalon Dispatch 03.19.2024

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, the latest on big tech’s new email security requirements, donor advised funds, conference news, how to procrastinate less, teambuilding, and more. Plus, a tribute to an old friend. Read it below:   Dear friends, Today is the first day of spring. We made it! Right on cue, the cherry blossoms […]

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March 19, 2024