Posts in Engagement
Listening: An investigation into two-way communication with donors

The broadly stated goal in listening to donors or other constituents is to learn how they think – how they think about the institution as a whole, how they think about a recent decision or change, how they think about a specific event or piece of communication.  Donor relations professionals are poised to take leadership in defining the methods, limitations, risks, and benefits inherent in creating two-way communication with donors.

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Story Captured In Just A Few Words: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger History Wall

In 2018, Heurista was awarded the design commission for the donor recognition and history exhibit in the new Kennedy Outpatient Center at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is a dynamic was environment designed to engage the community and provide positive experiences for children and their families needing outpatient services. Notably, the Kennedy Outpatient Center also heralds a new era in the evolution of the Erlanger Health System and the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. It is the first of several new buildings to be built in the coming years.

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Interactive Campaign Recognition on School Playground

Heurista recently completed a fun, interactive campaign recognition display at Hammond School, a private K-12 school in Columbia, SC. We were engaged to create a donor recognition strategy for the 50 Forward: the Campaign for HAMMOND, a campaign list that would be represented in three locations on campus- the new Innovation Center, the lower school gymnasium, and the lower school playground.

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Heurista Explores Philanthropic Placemaking

With the advent of technology, place is no longer bound to a physical location like a building, area or campus. Place is so much more than a particular point in space. Place is the role one plays in a particular community or context. Place is a position in an order or hierarchy. Most importantly, place can be used as a verb meaning to remember or recognize. Placing is the act of recalling one's engagement with the community, including shared values, experiences and understanding.

 

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New Methods of Engagement: Virtual Reality in Philanthropic Placemaking

We are curious about the emerging Virtual Reality communication platforms and innovations and specifically what opportunities they bring to Philanthropic Placemaking. We stalk the latest VR news. We use our team in NYC to participate in most opportunities to strap on the next brand of headset, leave the real world and experience a creative VR team’s virtual place. They are all worth the trip.

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What motivates donors to give?

There are two key questions that we all want to ask and they both point to donor motivation.  The first is why did you give to us?  The second is what will motivate you to give to us again?  One can be asked, the other should never be asked.  If we are to demonstrate understanding of our donors, there are some things we have to figure out without asking.

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