We know there are a lot of great ways to say ‘thank you’ to a supporter. Check out the infographic below, in which Melissa breaks down the pros and cons of some common (and effective) ways to let donors know you appreciate their contribution. And remember, we’re always around to chat donor walls, whether it’s by email, or even on Twitter!
Our secrets for good donor recognition. Because even if you don’t partner with us, we want you to get it right.
Yes, for real. That’s not a trick. It doesn’t matter what service provider you go with, we want you to win. The team at BetterGiving creates donor recognition for two reasons: because we’re awesome at it, and because we love helping nonprofits. Getting the best out of your donor walls, digital apps, or recognition events is a win for everyone, us included, even if another firm is your partner. That’s because when people see recognition that’s done right (finally, possibly for the first time in their lives), they’ll start realizing its potential. And those people will look into donor recognition.
Project Spotlight: The Calgary Police Foundation Donor Wall We were contacted by the Calgary Police Foundation to create a simple-but-impactful donor wall. We love the way this one turned out. let’s take a look at some individual elements: To start the project off on the right foot, we installed wood paneling with custom-cut dimensional metal panels to the existing wall. To tie the whole display together, BetterGiving added two ‘flowing’ strips of metal behind the individual elements and on top of our specially constructed wall. The donor plaques are colored acrylic combined with both raised and acrylic lettering. Standoffs from
We talk to a lot of nonprofits. We recognize is that donor recognition can feel a lot more like a chore than the incredible opportunity it is. Why? Because it takes time and a bit of money to make great donor recognition. Two resources that we understand are in short supply for fundraising teams. Typically, fundraisers will wait until the end of the project/funding cycle/fiscal to get a donor wall created. At that point, there’s not as much motivation — the funds are already in, the donors gave, so it feels more like an expense than a tool. The result is donor
You probably aren’t doing a good job of recognizing your corporate donors. But when was the last time a cheque-writer called your fundraising team and said ‘do a better job of telling the world how great I am and how much money I gave you’? That exact conversation, with that level of transparency, is rare. So what are your corporate donors, who crave and deserve a certain kind of recognition, saying to your team when you fail to recognize and value their contributions in a beneficial way? Probably something like: “Well it’s just been a big year for donation requests.”
Recently, our parent company Westwind Design Group was lucky enough to get to make some really interesting interactive displays for YouthLink. (Bonus: here are some pictures of some of those interactives!) Maggot Mass! This warm, moving mass of (fake) maggots is visible from the top — and lets you put your hand in a glove inside to feel them squirming around. A favorite with kids. Skeleton Puzzle! Learn how to human body is put together with this fun, life-sized magnetic skeleton puzzle. Humidity Chamber! This chamber mimics a neat process for identifying fingerprints — without chemicals — a great teaching aid. As the project was nearing
A little while back, we were contacted by a partner agency to help with a project inside WestJet’s Calgary campus. This is a StorySpace project — BetterGiving’s sister company — but we wanted to show it off here anyhow. This project is pretty simple in its execution — what makes it stand out is the content. The entire display runs the chronological history of WestJet — from day 1 to current (and we help update it yearly). This whole installation is an awesome use of storytelling, told largely from the view of third parties or outsiders — newspaper clippings, sales figures, staffing numers. It’s a neat concept and something we’d
Last year, we were contacted by The Mustard Seed. For those of you who don’t know, The Mustard Seed provides the homeless with basic needs like food and shelter, while also helping to find sustainable ways of improving their lives, like employment. Needless to say, The Mustard Seed’s mission is one that BetterGiving can wholeheartedly stand behind. The Mustard Seed wanted something prominent, in a unique space, and something that showcased their supporters in a creative way. We took this concept from the shape of the mustard tree and its leaves. Our design team put together a few great concepts,