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Donor Recognition Displays

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We’ll create a work of art that
makes your donors feel appreciated.

We are a custom design & build firm that specializes in donor recognition displays. For over 30 years, we have helped organizations like yours, thank those who have powered your mission. Our focus is to create donor recognition that fits your brands vision while enticing future donors.

Why Donor Signs?

Design Expertise

Well-designed donor recognition not only looks good, but it also represents your organization better and lasts longer. We are a design-driven firm owned by architectural and graphic designers with years of experience in donor recognition. Not sure what you want? Check out our donor wall ideas.

Communication & Timeline

We know a project’s timeline can make or break your ceremony or reveal. To ensure on-time delivery, we start each day with a review of every project in process and use management systems for continual communication with you.

Fits All Budgets

Find donor recognition solutions to fit every budget with our custom donor wall signage designs and pre-designed donor wall systems. With systems starting at $1,000, we put recognition within reach for organizations of all sizes.

Work with a team of specialists.

We will design and fabricate your one-of-a-kind donor wall that uniquely honors your supporters.

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With leading-edge recognition techniques that will support your fundraising goals.

Donor Wall Plaques

Dedicating rooms throughout your facility? Our donor plaque programs make it easy with top-quality signage customized to your brand and needs. All donor plaques can be ADA compliant.

Single Name Plaque

Plaques

Recognize or memorialize supporters with donor recognition plaques sized for your space.

Multi-Name Plaque

Donor Boards

Recognize a whole group, these are ideal for campaigns, employees, or boards of directors.

Outdoor Plaques

Outdoor Plaques

Choose from a range of designs created to withstand weather and time for outdoor recognition.

Our 3-Step Process

Our team of experts will lead you through a comprehensive process to create your turn-key donor wall display that will impress donors and patrons alike.

01.

Research & Conceptual Design

We design every custom donor wall to your highly specific needs. Our intensive creative process captures what makes you and your donors unique, enabling us to produce a donor wall that brings your vision to life. (It’s also why our clients love us.)

02.

Design Development & Finalization

In this phase, we take your approved Conceptual Design and begin the layout process of your donor name list into the donor wall design. We finalize the materials, colors, and fabrication techniques to ensure it expresses the best of your brand and mission.

03.

Fabrication & Implementation

In this phase, we turn design into reality, combining cutting-edge technologies with Old World precision craftsmanship to create the highest-quality materials for your donor wall. Then we ship to your installers or send our team to your site—anywhere in the US.

Ready to start?

Book a call with one of our recognition experts to get started on your donor wall design or send us a quick message.

CLIENT SUCCESS STORIES

Donor Wall Design Best Practices

The fundamental purpose of a donor recognition wall is to honor the major financial contributors of an organization, and to serve as an incentive for new sponsors to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

Behind every beautiful outcome, you’ll find meticulous planning process, thoughtful design and careful project management. Here are our top tips for success. 

Plan ahead

Good planning and clear vision are essential for a smooth donor wall design process and great result.

Communicate

Work with your team, board, and other stakeholders for consensus on most important parts of your project: vision and expectations.

Know your brand

Understand what is your organization’s misson, what makes your organization unique and establish clear brand guidelines.

Plan for updates

Your donor wall should grow with you, so consider how to make future updates easy, according to the progress of your capital campaign.

Consider space

Think about how and where old and new donors and visitors will engage with your donor wall in your space.

Work with experts

Donor walls are complex projects. Entrust yours to an expert team for a beautiful outcome that will help you encourage donors to leave planned gifts and raise more funds for your campaigns.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get Started?

The easiest thing to do is call (248) 930-3723 or email us with the following information. This will provide us with the information we need to provide you with a design layout and quote.

What is the difference between design sevices and donor wall systems?

Design services are ideal for larger projects. We deliver a custom unique donor wall via our full turnkey process with a detailed discovery and design phase specifically focused on your organization and its needs. For more information on this process click here.

A donor wall system starts with a pre-designed template that we customize to fit your needs. This is generally a quicker, less expensive process. For more information on our systems, click here.

Unsure which is right for you? We can help determine the best path for your project. Book a 20 min consultation with us here.

How do I budget for a donor wall?

Every successful donor recognition plan starts with budget calculations. We can help you determine an appropriate budget based on your type of organization, the financial goals of the campaign and the anticipated number of prospective donors. In general, for a small campaign, you can spend as much as 5% of the campaign total. For a large campaign, you can go as low as .001% of the campaign total.

Example: $100,000 campaign at 5%= $5,000.

$100 million campaign at .001% = $100,000

Once you have established a budget, we’ll stay within it. In our experience, starting with a target budget is a critical success factor for an effective donor recognition program. You give us a price and we will work with you to get a donor wall that fits your organization’s needs and taste. If we know the target, we can design a successful program while staying within budget. We can design a custom donor wall that costs $10,000, $50,000 or $100,000. If you’re working with a smaller budget, choose from our already designed Donor Wall Systems, which start at $1,000 and save both time and money.

How long does the donor wall process take?

A fully custom project can typically take up to 6-12 months and generally depends on how responsive your team is. A donor wall system can take as little as 4 weeks but is typically 6-8 weeks.

These timelines include design, revisions, planning and fabrication. Ultimately, final timelines depend on how responsive your team is.

How easy is it to update the donor wall?

Everything we do is designed to be affordable, manageable, and easy to update. A critical key to success is fully understanding the costs and process for adding new names to a recognition program.

The challenges involved with managing hundreds or thousands of names can be daunting if an efficient process is not designed into the system at the start. The cost for updating names should be in balance with the size of the gifts received.

How involved in the design process will my organization be?

We start off with an initial consultation to determine your project needs. Before entering the design phase, we adhere to a thorough design process that starts off with an initial discovery meeting to learn about your vision and needs. With each concept, you have the opportuninty to provide full feedback–and we are available to discuss your project and feedback at any point from consultation through delivery.

Will you make design revisions?

During Phase 1 you have the opportunity to make two rounds of revisions to your design concept at no cost. Once a contract is signed, we move into Phase 2, where you will get an additional two rounds of revision at no cost.

The challenges involved with managing hundreds or thousands of names can be daunting if an efficient process is not designed into the system at the start. The cost for updating names should be in balance with the gifts.

How can I learn more?

A donor recognition plan is essential to having a successful donor program while increasing campaign awareness and stewarding major donors. Check out our donor wall brochure to learn about successful donor recognition programs and the lessons we’ve learned over the years. Planning is a crucial step to a donor program and our donor recognition experts will help you at each step along the way. We explain in detail the key aspects when making decisions throughout the process and what our company does to help you through it.

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