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How to see the forest when you’re stuck in the trees

Details are important, but sometimes they can bog you down. Case in point, I’m in the process of moving and I’m drowning in boxes and logistics and can’t find a pot to make dinner. But I need to make sure I’m not missing out on my wonderful new home! I...

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How to see the forest when you’re stuck in the trees
Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You
Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You

Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You

Avalon president Allison Porter recently explored best practices for trying new channels, creative, and investments in her DMAW Advents article: “The Next Hot, New Fundraising Idea – It’s Risky Business.” In it, she wisely counsels fundraising professionals to understand, mitigate, and be transparent about the risk of trying new things in nonprofit fundraising. She explores what it might look like to create space for risk-taking, while acknowledging what we all know from...

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Clients in the News–January 2019
Clients in the News–January 2019

Clients in the News–January 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is the only federal holiday that’s designated as a national day of service. Avalon’s clients fully embrace this idea, offering many ways—in states across the country—for us all to participate. Follow the links below to learn how you can help these fantastic nonprofits by volunteering on MLK Day, or any time! Bread For the City offers meals and food pantry services to neighbors in the Washington, DC area, and seeks volunteers for all of its...

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Clients in the News–November 2018
Clients in the News–November 2018

Clients in the News–November 2018

Avalon clients are indeed in the news, warming our hearts with their good work, and holding events throughout November and December to help you and your family get in the holiday spirit. It’s that time of year, when Farm Sanctuary marks Thanksgiving by celebrating the humble—living—turkey. This year, FS is holding four Celebration for the Turkeys events to accommodate all the turkey well-wishers—at their sanctuaries in Acton, CA and Watkins Glen, NY. There will be a special...

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Clients in the News–October 2018
Clients in the News–October 2018

Clients in the News–October 2018

Here’s what some of Avalon’s clients are up to this fall! If you can’t make it to Boston to visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in person, good news! The Library has recently uploaded approximately 1,700 digitized rare and fragile photographs from the Kennedy family collection donated by Rose Kennedy. The photos are from the early 1900s through the 1950s and include images from JFK’s childhood with his eight brothers and sisters. They’re like your own...

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Avalon Digital Resources
Avalon Digital Resources

Avalon Digital Resources

Here's a quick rundown of Avalon best practices for three hot digital topics: monthly sustainers, donor thank-you packages, and avoiding spam filters Looks like everyone got the memo about how loyal monthly sustainers can be the lifeblood of fundraising programs! Monthly giving increased by 40% in 2017 and rose from 14% of all online revenue to 16% of online revenue, according to the 2018 M+R Benchmarks. Donors feel good about giving monthly, as giving over time fits their...

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Helping Others Make an Impact
Helping Others Make an Impact

Helping Others Make an Impact

  As I write this, Election Day is just weeks away. It’s no secret that the United States has one of the worst records of voter participation in the developed world. In 2016, only 58% of eligible voters actually made it to the polls—and that was a near record! In the last midterm election, only 36.4% of eligible voters turned out. So why doesn’t every eligible American take advantage of this tremendous benefit of democracy—to have our voices heard? According to a 2014 Pew Research...

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