FYI Blog

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

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 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 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

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