Programmatic Donor Recognition in a Picture

August 25th, 2014

DR Hierarchy1DRhierAs a donor recognition consultant, I am asked often what I mean when I refer to a programmatic approach to donor recognition. This one picture says it all.

Efficiency and Accuracy. Continue reading »

Capital Campaigns are NOT about raising money

April 9th, 2014

After 30 years of focus on philanthropy, I’ve come to understand that Capital Campaigns are about institutional transformation…..NOT about raising money.

food for thoughtSo just as one evaluates all organizational efficiencies and goals in prep for the campaign, one must particularly reflect on how donors are thanked.

Proactive or reactionary? Motivational or an afterthought? Unified or hodge-podge? Programmatic or “in the moment”? Brand supportive or non-specific? Any campaign (and organization’s future) is better served if its thinking about thanking were transformed in preparation for imminent change.

Written by Robin E. Williams

4 Deciding Factors for Electronic Donor Recognition Displays

January 21st, 2014


Integrated Touchscreen within a Recognition Communication Plan.

Integrated Touchscreen within a Recognition Communication Plan.

Donor Recognition and electronics. Should they be used in lieu of traditional displays? Are they cheaper, especially over time? Consider 4 factors as you plan. Continue reading »

5 Strategies: Donor Recognition and New Construction

November 6th, 2013

Here are 5 quick reminders on how to make the best use of donor recognition as a motivator for giving within new facilities. Continue reading »

Take a Stand. Communicate your Brand….via Donor Recognition

June 4th, 2013


BreakthroughIf you know me, you know that I have always advocated for a more proactive attitude-and-action-plan toward the use of donor recognition as motivator, informer and energizer of viewers (all of whom are prospective donors). Donor recognition, whether a donor plaque, donor wall, interactive donor display, an online donor story, or even a billboard, communicates “something” to each viewer 24/7/365. It’s an opportune moment to use donor recognition as a strategy for improving donor acquisition and retention by planning its content within the context larger messaging goals. Continue reading »