Donor Recognition Ideas

by Tabitha Harwell
Show recognition to those who donate time and money to your nonprofit organization.

Show recognition to those who donate time and money to your nonprofit organization.

There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, according to the Foundation Center. Nonprofits thrive on the generous donations of time and money they receive throughout the year. Show donors recognition by singling them out to say "Thank you."

Host a Dinner

A good meal is a way to thank donors for their contributions. Depending on the size of your organization and your budget, the dinner may be a formal sit-down dinner or an informal appetizer-only occasion. Show appreciation by announcing your donors' names to the crowd and talking about each person for just a couple of minutes. Talk about the donors' commitment and dedication to the charity. Thank them publicly on behalf of the organization.

Commemorative Items

Commemorative items can be combined with a dinner or given as independent tokens of appreciation. Example commemorative items include plaques to display the name of the charity and the donor or an engraved brick to be placed in a walkway or along the wall of a building. Large group donors can have their photo taken in front of the charity's headquarters and framed with a note of thanks. Smaller commemorative items include T-shirts and cups with the charity's logo.

Personal Visit or Thank-You Letter

Send a personal touch to a donor by giving a personal appearance. Depending on the situation or charity involved, donation recipients may want to personally thank the donor. If a personal visit is not able, a sincere thank-you card or personal phone call is appropriate. These situations include large monetary donations or a large physical donation such as materials to construct or land. While a thank-you note is not required for all donations, it will be appreciated.

City Park, Tree or Park Bench

Recognize a person or corporation by naming a piece of land in his or its honor. Park land can be donated to an organization and, in turn, named by the organization for the donor who gave the land. For example, John Smith donated a 15-acre park and in honor of him the park is named John Smith Park. If a park is not an option, consider dedicating a park bench or large tree in the donor's honor. Weather-proof plaques can be purchased from a plaque store and list the donor's name and a short message underneath. The plaque is then attached to the bench or tree in the donor's honor.

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