Recognition and Donor Plaques

Philanthropy and Donor awards are popular for recognizing valuable contributions of individuals, corporations or groups. It is customary to present donors with two recognition awards: one award that they can keep and another that can proclaim their contribution to the public. Plaques are a perfect choice for the latter. Plaques are ideal for donations of property, funding, land, art...Crystal and glass plaques can be displayed on a wall and are a classy and elegant way of a permanently displaying gratitude of the donor's generosity.
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There are at least three different types of plaques: individual, master and location. Individual plaques are presented directly to the donor. It expresses words of gratitude and commitment to the project. Individual plaques are portable and traditionally feature the donor's name, donation date, organization logo or a special graphical image that symbolizes the project and text relating to the project. Individual plaques and awards are intended for donors to display in their offices, libraries and private spaces. Therefore, personal recognition awards and plaques must be classy and elegant. A personal plaque or an award can also be practical. For instance, Crystal Art USA offers an elegant cherry wood and starfire plaque with a built in clock. You can also present a donor with a desktop gift: crystal paperweight, business card holder, crystal desk clock, vase or a bowl. Choose a design that represents the project and displays great gratitude towards the donor's commitment. Individual awards and plaques are displayed with pride and constantly remind donors and others of the project, thus encouraging future acts of philanthropy and solidifying donor's commitment.

Master plaques are customarily displayed in "busy" and important areas of the building where they are visible to everyone. Usually, only top donors are honored on master plaques. Sponsorship levels may also be important to record on the master plaque. Master plaques may feature annual donations and multiple donor names. If the project spans over years, master plaques are updated with new donor names. The design and layout of master plaque is an important aspect of the award project. Master plaque should include information about the mission of the project, organization logo, donor's name and donation dates. In addition, if future donations are anticipated, enough room should be left for additional names. The layout of the master plaque is important. Donor names can be grouped on the plaque based on their contribution size. For instance, the biggest contributors will be listed first, as a part of Premium sponsors group. The second grouping of names can be allocated to the next level of sponsorship. Do not leave lots of empty space in anticipation of future donors, thus making current donor names appear smaller and unimportant. If your organization is so fortunate that there is no space available for additional donor names, order a new master plaque. Master plaques are also used to thank all the donors collectively. It may be impractical to list every individual donor who contributed smaller donations. However, don't leave those donors out, and mention a special thank you to all who helped the project big or small. Location or site plaques, as the name suggests, are permanently displayed at the site of the donation. For instance, a bench donated to the park may feature a bronze plaque with the donor's name. A school auditorium, hospital wing, and research and laboratory facilities traditionally display site plaques at the entrance location. Location plaques commemorate charitable contributions, land, equipment or real estate donated within a specific area of the charity. Location plaques are normally smaller than master plaques. Location plaques can also be practical and feature a build in clock. Location plaques announce the donor's contribution, name, and date and may also feature the donor's logo, in the event donations were made by an organization or corporation. If a donation was made in the memory of a late individual, it may be appropriate to engrave the portrait or a photograph on the location plaque.

Choosing the appropriate wording for corporate awards of volunteerism and philanthropy can be a challenging task. First, customers must select the style and design of the award. The next task is to choose words that reflect appreciation, and encourage future volunteerism by the group. The wording should also be appropriate for the type of the award presented. For instance if the customer chooses a design that features a globe, it would be appropriate to add "A World of Thanks" to the personalization text, thus relating the award and the text together. Traditionally personalization messages of donor awards and plaques emphases the importance of contributions. Being recognized as a donor or a contributor is prestigious and therefore volunteer awards and plaques feature a formal style of writing. The award message should focus on respect and gratitude. By no means should the recipient be offended by the message or feel that his/her efforts have been undermined. Use full names such as Richard Bradley Stevenson, and not Dick B. Stevenson. Do not forget to mentions the honorary or professional titles, such as Doctor, Professor, Vice President, spell out dates, and common abbreviations.

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