Posts in Digital Donor Recognition
Interconnected Digital Storytelling Launched at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Philanthrosphere®, Heurista’s online platform for interconnected storytelling, was recently launched at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Awarded Library of the Year in 2016, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library serves as a bustling community hub. The library has a long, rich history in the area and features a 100,000 square-foot addition designed by architect Michael Graves.

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Challenges and Advantages for Digital Donor Recognition


There are benefits and compromises inherent in the decision to use a screen to present donor recognition. A traditional donor wall allows a passive viewer to understand a considerable amount of information about the relationship between an organization and its donors without reading a single name. One can glean an idea of the number of donors from the size of the list. If a hierarchy of plaque sizes or categories is part of the display, those details let the viewer know that people give different amounts. The location of the display, the environment surrounding it, and the materials used to build it all help indicate the value the organization places on its donor. The best donor walls motivate the viewer to consider giving and explain how to make a gift.

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Virtual Donor Recognition for University Medical Campus

For the past several years, Heurista has been working with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to design and execute a comprehensive donor recognition stratetgy. That work is now coming to fruition and can be accessed online by way of the Virtual Benefactor Recognition Tour. This tour allows for searches by donor name or by display

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YMCA WNC Philanthropy Centers

Heurista was engaged to conduct a top-down review of stewardship practices at the YMCA of Western North Carolina, draft stewardship guidelines and design a comprehensive set of donor recognition products.  The resulting program includes brand compliant signs for naming opportunity recognition and electronic “philanthropy centers” that provide versatility for the evolving Y giving programs.

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Centralized Donor Recognition Display

The University of South Carolina and Greenville Health System are in campaign to raise funds, primarily around scholarships, for the medical school.  This partnership has posed many questions about donor stewardship. Both USC and GHS have long-standing donor recognition standards, but both were willing to make concessions for this unique entity. 

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