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Recording the Donor Relationship

Date: January 28, 2016 Author: Tammy Kim Categories: Blog

Accurate and detailed records are important for any organization, but it is especially vital for donor recognition. Records are not only an accounting of what has been gifted to an organization, charity or cause but a snapshot of a relationship. Keeping up-to-date information relevant to those relationships can ultimately be more valuable than the initial monetary amount given. While most acknowledge that Donor Recognition is all about relationships, taking the steps to keep those...

Repurposing for Recognition

Date: January 20, 2016 Author: Richard Howes Categories: Blog

The past can be new again. Over the years we have had a number of opportunities to take advantage of past recognition, to enhance a new recognition project. Sometimes this goes back over 80 years! This approach can afford an organization the ability to link their current recognition with the history of the organization. This idea has become quite popular in design these days and has been dubbed “repurposing.” One of my favourite repurposing projects happened 10 years ago when we were...

Design Process Input

Date: January 13, 2016 Author: Steve McVeigh Categories: Blog

Before I ever sit down at my desk to start the first design stage of a project, significant time and thought have already been put in. There’s been the initial client meeting - possibly a site meeting to check the space, overall architectural elements, environment, measurements etc. We discuss with the client the requirements and guiding philosophy of this project. That fact finding meeting will explore creative approaches which resonate with the client, as well as with donors. It is...

Tips for Designing by Committee

Date: October 22, 2015 Author: Steve McVeigh Categories: Blog

If you are responsible for the process of getting a donor recognition installation in place, chances are you need to get buy-in and feedback from several people in your organization. And everybody thinks they can design! We run into this constantly, and have a few tips to make your job easier. 1) Know all the requirements before you start the process. Making course corrections in mid-project can be costly, and jeopardize timelines. Circulate a request for requirements to all involved parties,...

25th Anniversary Reflections

Date: March 31, 2015 Author: Richard Howes Categories: Blog

As we approach our 25th year of business it allows me to reflect back on what has made us a success. My first response, which is often the best, it would have to be the importance of relationships. It is amazing to me that after all these years we continue to have relationships with - and provide services to - many clients which go back over 20 years. We have been doing awards for one of our corporate accounts through three complete mergers! Anyone who has been involved with corporate sales...

Recognizing legacy opportunity

Date: March 2, 2015 Author: Richard Howes Categories: Blog

We have often seen that institutions with a rich history, have legacy donor issues they haven’t yet identified. With contemporary methods of managing philanthropy and stewardship, we can lose sight of the fact that 50 years ago these practices were in their infancy. Names of donors and sponsors of wheelchairs, benches, equipment, trophies were often recorded only on the related item, or an isolated certificate or plaque. They are not usually connected back to an enduring record....


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