Creating Recognition Programs for Your Organization

Design & Build

The thoughtful Presidential process to designing donor recognition walls and displays involves taking a comprehensive view of your past history and current direction. We understand and consider the dynamics of corporate identity; the implicit merit and integrity of design and mission. The approach, design, materials & finishes all need to be reflective of your values and branding/visual standards.

At Presidential, we don't deliver cookie-cutter work from templates - we create unique, artistic installations you will be proud of.

It's our attention to details and workmanship which help set you apart.

Design & Build Projects:

  • Donor recognition walls
  • Displays and cabinets
  • Plaques & sculptures
  • External/internal architectural signage & wayfinding
  • Donor/volunteer/recognition spotlights
  • Dimensional lettering & bas-relief

Continuity Services

Presidential's proactive Continuity Services keep your donor stewardship up to date.
Fundraising and achievement are continual, so your process for updating displays needs to be as well. You need to avoid lengthy time lags between performance or philanthropic gifts and their recognition. And you need to have stylistic continuity - not a hodge-podge of differing materials and techniques. Plaques, lettering, engraving - it all needs to be precise and look harmonious.

At Presidential, we keep you current with ongoing programs to add to your existing appreciation & recognition displays. Whether you add new names, displays, or even satellite locations, we can bring it all together, seamlessly.

Continuity Services:

  • Donor wall or recognition updates
  • Alumni wall, Class giving, Student & Staff achievement wall updates
  • Additions to plaques, awards & displays
  • Rebranding of multiple displays/locations
  • Annual updates to donor/volunteer/recognition spotlights
  • Internal/external wayfinding changes


Presidential's PhilanthroMining™ is our solution to help not-for-profits unearth fugitive information and transform it into a relevant data resource for use in donor stewardship, engagement, and even fundraising.
PhilanthroMining includes a comprehensive survey and audit of all organizational recognition. During the fulsome audit process, we carefully annotate locations and condition; record all recognition copy and dedications; note materials; photograph each item; and provide annotated floor plans to pinpoint specific locations.

The resulting report also includes significant findings – basic outlining of state of recognition, with mention of needed actions; reference items that are grandfathered (exempted) from established recognition standards; and provide an up-to-date listing of available recognition opportunities, for use in donor cultivation and recognition efforts.

The amalgam of comprehensive information is provided in a format compatible with your own donor management system, so it doesn’t require proprietary software.

Key PhilanthroMining Benefits:

  • All donor recognition data is held in a single comprehensive repository
  • Detailed recognition information, including notes, recognition wording, locations, condition, and photo references
  • Searchable archive of historical donor records, which can be used to mine for opportunities and connections to current donors
  • Exportable data in Excel or Access format, without need for proprietary software
  • Optional analysis of your stewardship, cultivation, and engagement opportunities, resulting in recommendations tailored to your specific situation

Additional Related Services

Recognition Harmonization: As a supplement to a recognition audit, we can detail means by which to integrate different periods of recognition, to connect them visually through unifying features. Harmonization elevates your organization’s recognition and can also provide opportunities to reach out to past supporters anew, to meaningfully engage them when unveiling updated or new recognition, or retiring historic items.

Recognition Policy Development: Smooth operations require clear goals and mandates, something we can help you develop by updating an existing or developing an initial comprehensive donor recognition policy for your organization.


can create a complete accessible donor-centric record of recognition
within your organization, with resulting data being used to cultivate, engage, and
steward donors, to build your organization’s culture of philanthropy.

Restoration and Maintenance Services

Presidential's Restoration Services keeps you looking new - even a century later.
Many of Canada's top institutions have a rich heritage - and donor recognition spanning decades. We can keep your installations looking like you just created them. This attention to past philanthropy or achievement can help tremendously when you seek multi-generational giving or continuing excellence through achievement.

At Presidential, we believe your recognition programs deserve to last - and that heritage donors continue to deserve being honoured in perpetuity. We can build a maintenance program that will keep your new installation fresh, preserve tenured recognition, and allow you to rotate through legacy restorations or quickly perform emergency repairs.

Restoration and Maintenance Services:

  • Refurbishing & repairs
  • Refinishing
  • Cleaning, polishing
  • Replacements
  • Temporary plaques & displays during production process