Creating Recognition Displays That Donors Will Appreciate
Non-profit organizations need to be innovative and creative in how they recognize donors. Donor walls are becoming more popular as a way to create donor recognition displays that will resonate with the donor and make them feel appreciated. This blog post is for you if you’re looking for ways to increase donations, but also want your donors to feel valued.
Do you want to create a donor wall or other donor recognition display that will make your donors feel appreciated and honored? If so, keep reading!
What is a donor wall and how does it work?
A donor wall is a way of recognizing donors by listing their names, or other displayed items such as photos and plaques. It can be used to show appreciation for individual contributions, major gifts, long-time support, planned gifts, etc.
Why create a donor wall?
A donor wall is just one way to honor generous donors and make them feel appreciated. Often, people don’t know that they are recognized for their contribution because it’s a behind the scenes situation. A donor wall can be used by organizations of all sizes as an alternative or supplement to traditional recognition methods. Plus, a talented team of plaque designers can make your functional wall display into a beautiful piece of art with aesthetic appeal. Your fundraising campaign can add beauty, as well as credibility and donor appreciation.
When you have a wall-mounted display, visitors and potential donors can read a listing of names, along with the donor levels and various donation amounts. A professional design team like RecognitionArt can handle the entire design process and planning process without the stress of trying to do it yourself. Hiring an expert creative team will save you time and free up your team to focus 100% on your capital campaign and your relationships with major donors.
How do I choose the right design for my wall?
A donor wall could be designed to look like an abstract series of panels or concentric circles. Walls can also feature a timeline, or they might have plaques for different levels of gifts such as bronze, silver and gold.
There are many different types of donor walls, including: wall of fame, banner boards, plaque boards, etched glass panels or acrylic awards. All these options provide an opportunity for non-profits to honor their supporters in a new and exciting way!
What should be included on the display board?
There are many ways to display donor names. You might choose a wall of fame, for example with donors’ photos and short biographies behind them. This is perfect if your organization wants to make recognition more personal or fun!
These displays can be simple or elaborate depending on the goals you want to accomplish as an organization. The most important consideration is that your donor wall will be something donors want to see, and it will make them feel appreciated.
If you have questions about how to choose the design for a donor wall or other recognition display, we can help!
Where can you find more information about building a donor wall?
If you would like to learn more about donor walls and how they can help your organization, contact Recognition Art today!
How to build your own donor wall – DIY or hire someone?
The DIY approach is great if you have the time and resources to make it happen. It will require some careful planning in order for your donor wall to be successful, but with a little research online or by talking to other organizations who have built their own walls, you’ll find that building one can be easier than you think!
If you don’t have the time or resources to build your own donor wall, you might consider hiring a professional organization like us! We’ve helped organizations of all sizes create donor recognition displays that will make their donors feel valued and honored. It’s not a good feeling
If you’re ready to take your non-profit’s donor recognition game up a notch, we’re here to help!
Why are donor walls important to nonprofits and charities?
Donor walls are important to nonprofits and charities because they help create a sense of belonging. Capital campaign donors want to feel like their donation has made an impact on the organization, especially if it’s one that is near and dear to them. Donor recognition plaques help nurture your relationships for long-term partnerships and increase your donor retention.
There will always be those who donate time instead of money; but regardless of whether you’re giving your monetary or time, you will be a part of the organization’s success.
Creating recognition displays that donors will appreciate
This is important to nonprofits and charities. When donors feel recognized, they are more likely to donate again in the future!
Benefits to working with our professional team of designers at RecognitionArt:
– You’ll spend less time on the logistics of fundraising and more time on what you’re passionate about.
– You’ll have a team of experts behind you to help your organization grow.
-Get the most out of every donation
-Raise more money, faster
-Solidify your relationships with loyal donors
Contact us to get your donor wall started!
Examples of successful donor walls across the country
There are many successful donor walls across the country! Here’s a list of just a few:
–The Minnesota Zoo Aquarium relies on its a fantastic community to give so they can care for the animals and build strong connections between people and the natural world. Wanting to evoke the beauty of the very creatures they love, RecognitionArt created a custom mosaic of marine life that incorporated donors to visually show the impact these gifts have on their organization.
–The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville wanted a way to incorporate the history of their organization and the gifts their donors have given to support their institution. recognition created a custom and beautiful timeline that recognized the impact the YMCA has had on the community, and how the community as come together to support the YMCA.
–Delta Gamma built a brand new house on the University of Florida campus through the generous gifts of their alumni. Needing to go perfectly with the new interior that has the look of grandeur, RecognitionArt created a 3D mold of their symbol and engraved glass to bring dimensionality and opulence to their great room. The recognition wall is consistently updated after inspiring new giving.
–North Cross School had the largest fundraiser for a school in Virginia’s history, and needed a donor display of the same magnitude. They came to RecognitionArt to create a wall that was impactful as the donations they received from patrons around the country. After reviewing the unique identity of North Cross school, the aesthetic of their new building, and the message they wished to convey, RecognitionArt designed a timeless display that will honor the community for decades to come.
–Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church had a fixed budget, but didn’t want that to mean their donors would receive a thank you any less than they deserved for supporting their mission. RecognitionArt found materials that were affordable but gorgeous that came together to speak to volumes of appreciation for those who have contributed while inspiring new giving.
–Southeastern Guide Dogs has the important mission of training elite guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs who provide life-changing services that develop extraordinary partnerships between our dogs and the people who need them. They had no wall space to recognize the hundreds of donations who support their vision and came to RecognitionArt to create a freestanding display that echos how important said partnership between donors and their organization is to complete their purpose. Standing over 6 ft tall, donors are reminded of the greatness of their gift with each and every viewing.
–Butler Memorial Health Foundation is grateful to its staff for their ability to care for each and every person who enters their hospital. To show their appreciation, they wanted an updateable recognition wall to say thank you for the loyalty of their employees. RecognitionArt incorporated the images of said wonderful workers, and made it easy to add to overtime as more and more people dedicate themselves to the heroic mission of saving lives.