Author Archives: Stephanie

How to Choose a Vendor

With over 30 years working in donor recognition, we have the experience from every angle. Trying to find a vendor for donor recognition is often overlooked until the last minute. Donor recognition can seem easy but has multiple, often unforeseen, complications. That is why choosing the right vendor is critical. Part one will cover who […]

How to Appropriately Recognize Your Donor

Bronze Garden Plaque - Healing Garden Recognition: This is a large cast bronze plaque attached to a limestone base. The graphics include the floral pattern used on all Cancer Center recognition.

Recognizing donors is a delicate process, it is important to find the right budget for recognition of the campaign. Donor recognition is best described as a way to say ‘Thank you’ to those who have given a gift to your campaign. Recognition benefits both the organization and the donor. Donors will look for their name […]

Capital Campaign, Step by Step

Fundraising Blog - A capital campaign when a nonprofit organization wants to raise a substantial amount of money for a specific purpose within a certain time period. The campaign could be for many reasons; building a new facility, expanding programs, or bringing in new technology, all with the purpose to help the community.

A capital campaign when a nonprofit organization wants to raise a substantial amount of money for a specific purpose within a certain time period. The campaign could be for many reasons; building a new facility, expanding programs, or bringing in new technology, all with the purpose to help the community. If this sounds demanding, you’re […]

How to Land a $500 Million Donation

Donor - Money- While many nonprofits value small donations from givers, the data shows that up to 75 percent of an organization’s revenue comes from major donors, or individuals who give $1 million or more.

While surfing the web, I came across an interesting article that I would like to share from Software Advice, Inc. “While many nonprofits value small donations from givers, the data shows that up to 75 percent of an organization’s revenue comes from major donors, or individuals who give $1 million or more. But acquiring these types […]

9 Step Guide to Planning your Donor Recognition Project

Appropriately Budget Donor Recognition - The budget should be based on your type of organization, the financial goals of the campaign and the anticipated number of prospective donors.

Determine your objectives. Try to imagine how your donors would like to be recognized for their gifts, ask yourself these questions: Were promises made to donors about how they should be recognized? How many donors do you currently have? How many donors will you have   in five years? How many categories do you need? How many […]

3 Reasons to Locate Your Lost Donor Plaques.

Lost Donor Recognition - We have surveyed facilities and found donor plaques in storage rooms, behind file cabinets, you name it! There are 4 benefits to locating all of your donor plaques.Thats why we have created the Recognition Location Program.

I’ve heard horror stories from clients of past donors bringing family and friends to show them their plaque only to find it missing. If you haven’t been with your organization from the beginning there maybe plaques you are unaware of. We have surveyed facilities and found donor plaques in storage rooms, behind file cabinets, you […]

Time to Refurbish – Give an Old Plaque a New Life

Donor Recognition Levels - The plaque shown below was originally cast in the mid 50’s and had since tarnished and became an unusable eye sore. Donor Signs, Inc. cleaned and sanded the plaque, freshened up the brass letters and border, then finished it with a new protective clear coat.

The plaque shown below was originally cast in the mid 50’s and had since tarnished and became an unusable eye sore. Donor Signs, Inc. cleaned and sanded the plaque, freshened up the brass letters and border, then finished it with a new protective clear coat. The main improvement was the removal of the existing name […]

Reduce Long Term Maintenance Cost On Your Donor Wall

Cleaning & Maintaining A Donor Wall - The design can be aesthetically pleasing yet difficult and costly to maintain and update which puts a huge strain on the budget.

The ability to clean a donor wall is critical and often over looked. Often times, people focus solely on the design without planning for future upkeep. The design can be aesthetically pleasing yet difficult  and costly to maintain and update which puts a huge strain on the budget. When planning a donor wall make sure you […]

Four Ways to Successfully Seek a Donor

How To Find A Donor Your Foundation - They review some of the most successful ways to find individual donors to contribute to your foundation. It’s no surprise that old fashion networking in the comunity is the best way.

While doing my own research, I came across useful information that I would like to share from GrantSpace.org, ‘Foundation Center’. They review some of  the most successful ways to find individual donors to contribute to your foundation. It’s no surprise that old fashion networking in the community is the best way. But, the article highlights four […]

5 Tips To Plan Successful Donor Recognition

Maintain Donor Recognition & Update Donors

You have to live with the new donor recognition system for many years. This means the system needs to be flexible to accommodate new donors and allow for growth. We have 5 key strategies to help you through the process:  Be certain you KNOW ALL THE COST REQUIRED TO ADD NAMES to a donor wall. This includes […]

Welcome to Donor Recognition Resource

Permanent Campaign Donor Wall: Donor names will not change so they are silk screened on aluminum panels which are set between wood splines. The background material is a high quality frosted acrylic.

We’ve been planning, designing and implementing donor recognition for organizations all over the country since 1993. We’ve become pretty good at it, and by it, I mean by helping our clients solve problems, clean up messes, and increase the number of donors and giving amounts. If we’ve learned anything its that donor recognition is fussy […]