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Telling the Whole Story with Nonprofit KPIs

Key performance indicators, or KPIs, aren’t one-size-fits-all. These data nuggets are a valuable way to see if your nonprofit is striking the right balance between thinking big and driving impact. KPIs are designed to tell the story of your work—and the data you uncover should inspire further digging. Why is that particular number down this […]

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May 9, 2024

Avalon Retreat Day Three: Collaboration

DAY 3: Sharing Our Visions, Setting our Intentions Avalon’s most recent company-wide retreat provided tremendous opportunities to gather, learn, and share with and from each other. The retreat was structured to focus on core priorities for Avalon this year: Connection, Belonging, and Collaboration. To close out our retreat Avalon’s David Wolkin, senior director of copywriting, […]

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May 7, 2024

Avalon Retreat Day Two: Belonging

DAY 2: Working Towards a Culture of Belonging At Avalon’s latest all-staff retreat in Annapolis, we spent a memorable afternoon with Beth Ridley of Ridley Consulting Group to discuss what it means to feel a deep sense of belonging — at work and in our personal lives. DEI = Leadership Belonging speaks to a fundamental […]

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May 7, 2024

Avalon Retreat Day One: Connection

DAY 1: Connecting like Mushroom Roots Avalon’s most recent company-wide retreat provided tremendous opportunities to gather, learn, and share with and from each other. The retreat was structured to focus on core priorities for Avalon this year: Connection, Belonging, and Collaboration. For the first day, we grounded our connection work with a session from Jenny […]

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May 7, 2024

Remembering Amelia Stanley

Hi everyone, It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that former Avalonian Amelia Stanley passed away from breast cancer on April 2nd. In 2012, our client at the Kennedy Center reached out to me about this amazing candidate that he interviewed but did not have a position for. He […]

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April 9, 2024

“Avalon is prepared” — A Time Capsule

Below is the text of the email I sent to clients on March 10, 2020.  Subject: Avalon is prepared Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:08:23 AM EDT From: Allison Porter Greetings! As we continue to watch the impact of COVID-19 unfold, please know your Avalon teams are prepared to respond to changing dynamics and […]

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March 11, 2024

New Google and Yahoo Security Updates: Are You Compliant?

Back in the fall, Google and Yahoo announced a new set of email security requirements for any group sending emails to more than 5,000 names at once, and now that the deadline for the new requirements is approaching, we’re focused on ensuring our clients are up to speed and in compliance. Combined, Google and Yahoo […]

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March 6, 2024

Your Greatest Resource in 2024

This article was originally published on tnpa.org on March 6, 2024. For nonprofit organizations, your greatest resource is not AI-enhanced project management software. It’s not a bank of wealthy clients or donors. It’s not flashy premiums or clever campaigns. Your greatest resource in 2024 (and forever) is your people. Ensuring your people are valued and […]

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March 6, 2024

Pride Month 2023

Hello, Avalon and friends! Why is June* Pride Month? The Stonewall Riots started in the early morning of June 28th, 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village NYC. Even though police raids and harassment were no strangers to the LGBTQ+ community, this time they had had enough. According to […]

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June 5, 2023

Sarah Birnie Joins Avalon as Vice President of Analytics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington, DC – (January 5, 2023) – Avalon Consulting Group is thrilled to announce that Sarah Birnie has joined the agency as a Vice President of Analytics. A highly skilled fundraiser and analyst, Ms. Birnie brings to Avalon a wealth of experience on both the client and agency sides. She most […]

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January 5, 2023