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 »

Keys for Electronic Donor Recognition Display Decision-making

May 1st, 2013

Electronic donor recognition displays can be web-based, stored on a central server or stand as an independent computer system. Decide what best aligns with the technology, IT support and budgets available to YOU.

Electronic Donor Display

Electronic Donor Display at Phoebe Memorial Hospital

Usually, if the components are web-based, the organization must plan to engage the services of an outside resource for design, development, service and support. The hardware expenses are typically less for both web and server-based applications, usually only a monitor, speakers and connecting wiring. With an independent computer system, design and implementation is less expensive – possibly eliminating the need for a programmer, yet the cost of the computer must be included. Continue reading »

“Seeing is believing” A Guide to Visual Storytelling Best Practices

April 8th, 2013

Seeing is Believing

The “eyes” have it. This image captured your attention immediately, didn’t it?

For fundraisers, bringing an organization’s story to life visually has been a major push of mine for years.  Yet, like so many other of the more technical communications specialties these days, simply advising someone to do it is not enough.

Self-help Tools for Improving the Impact of the Story-telling on Fundraising Success

July 12th, 2012

Story-telling, nearly everyone agrees, must now be a part of all your donor recognition efforts, beyond the exposures presented through social media and websites. I am also pleased to report that we find the use of testimonials and imaging of both donors and special events are being incorporated into traditional, facility-based donor plaques and displays like never before. This most certainly has been a fortunate out-growth of those social media and website influences. Continue reading »

Introducing our “Portfolio”-the results of our thinking about thanking over the years

April 2nd, 2012

It’s been a long time coming. Kind of like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes, we’ve been too busy to tell our own stories to our own “prospects”! We advise our clients to use their existing social media to communicate their story, their worth.  It’s advice we have finally heeded for ourselves.

You can click “Portfolio” in the green band above, or click here and they come back and see what our intent has been with everything we do.

Though they are presented as individual shots, they represent decisions we made for each client to use as their own recognition branding mechanism. These are simply snapshots with quick captions intended to point out a feature or two of each display or family of recognition elements, to feature a certain design and/or functional intent.

Everything you see has been designed by my firm. All is based on “Best Practices for Donor ™, our mantra. Everything here has been created and specified uniquely for each client’s to meet their budget, answer their functional need and to integrate appropriately with its architectural environment.  Each build-out and installation has been managed through to completion by this firm, Robin E. Williams. Incorporated.  And do know that although there are several manufacturers’ work shown here, the importance is not in who made these, but in how each functions best to enhance and broaden giving…..to motivate continued giving!

I hope you enjoy this, our “Portfolio” of work.

Written by: Robin E. Williams