FYI Blog

Avalon Dispatch 05.30.2023

A new benchmark for LGBTQ+ nonprofits, the evolution of direct marketing, mental health and social change, solstice at the Smithsonian, and more—all in this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch. Read it here!   Dear friends, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend; I had a wonderful start to the summer in Boston. I always love the turn […]

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May 30, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 05.23.2023

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, you will find giving trends, help with testing, cybersecurity, mental health resources, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, This is always a fun time of year, and 2023 is no exception. Here in Annapolis, I had both my sons at home for a few days, which was a […]

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May 23, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 05.16.2023

In this week’s @AvalonFYI digest, you’ll find arts news, a timeless take on “junk mail,” digital accessibility, remote work, and more #AvalonOutdoors inspiration. Read it here!   Dear friends, Last week, the Avalon senior management team held a retreat to focus on how we can continue to lead an effective and collaborative team culture in […]

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May 16, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 05.09.2023

Get the scoop on the latest M+R benchmarks, a data divide between for-profits and nonprofits, myth-busting fundraising facts, how to say no, and Avalon’s Get Outdoors Challenge—all in today’s @AvalonFYI dispatch. Read it here!   Dear friends, It’s warming up again in the mid-Atlantic, and (if you don’t have spring allergies) the flowers are beautiful. […]

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May 9, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 05.02.2023

In this week’s @AvalonFYI digest, you’ll find trend analysis from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, how to choose photographs for campaigns, industry events, an NTC23 reading list, and a client tribute to artist and activist Harry Belafonte. Read it here!   Dear friends, Welcome to May. Not only is summer in our sights, but last week’s […]

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May 2, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 04.25.2023

Get the scoop on USPS’s next postage increase, ChatGPT prompts for marketers, DEI choices in fundraising, Avalon news, and more in this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch. We also cover the baby bird news you didn’t know you needed! Read it here:   Dear friends, I have spent a lot of time recently in virtual board meetings—and […]

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April 25, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 04.18.2023

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, we cover Earth Day, 23NTC, digital trends, newsletters, the future of work, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, April is in full swing, with many colleagues across the industry taking spring vacations. My younger son Alex is a senior in high school, and the two of us traveled […]

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April 18, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 04.11.2023

In today’s @AvalonFYI dispatch, clients weigh in on last week’s whirlwind of political news + a USPS discount, the rapid adoption of AI, perfectionism, client events, and more. Read it here!   Dear friends, Last week was a whirlwind of news that impacted many progressive causes. If your head is spinning, Avalon clients can help […]

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April 11, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 04.04.2023

We’re back at our home offices from the Avalon retreat—and back with a new edition of the @AvalonFYI dispatch! Get the scoop here on friendship at work, nonprofit trends, art messaging, early infographics, accessible slide decks, and more.   Dear friends, Last week’s Avalon retreat was a great success. Thank you to COO Kerri Kerr, […]

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April 4, 2023

Avalon Dispatch 03.28.2023

It’s March Madness at Avalon! Check out our bracket leaderboard + MacKenzie Scott’s open call, an app for data collection, fundraiser retention, how to reduce eye strain, and a star-studded client event. Read it here:    Dear friends, This week, the Avalon team is in DC for 3 days of camaraderie and collaboration. We spent […]

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March 28, 2023