Opening its doors in 2003, UOIT offers an array of challenging undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The first university in Ontario to provide technology to every student in the way laptop availability, their new recognition program needed to reflect this use of technology along with their overall environment. It also needed to be meaningful for all donors and various contribution levels while reflecting the organizations vision, mission and culture, and allowing for future additions and updates in various forms and media.
Working collaboratively with the client, we created a donor wall solution consisting of two components: a permanent internally LED lit display honoring donors of the Visionary, Champion, Innovator, Collaborator and Challenger societies; and a dynamic digital LED touch screen that honors all donors who contribute $1,000 or more. The wall presents an ideal combination of function and esthetics to meet the needs of both fundraising department and their donors. Clean elegant lines and meticulous detailing made a perfect fit within the facilities visual environment. With the continuous flow of changes as donor names are added and upgraded to new categories, the static wall allows the client easy change and updating. Individually engraved strips for each donor listing allows for change one at-a-time, while the interlocking edges insure no light leaks between the strips. A simple customer oriented service program exists to assist owners with maintenance and on-going changes. The interactive digital touch screen display allows for an enriched, storytelling experience in various digital forms.
At the donor wall unveiling, donors expressed their delight and gratitude at being recognized in such a thoughtful, comprehensive way. Many wanted to come back with family members to show them there tribute, take photos in front of the donor wall and share their gift acknowledgement with others. Based on the positive response received from donors at the event, development officers have now changed their regular campus tour so that they conclude at the donor wall. So impressed are donor prospects, they are now giving higher donations to the University, just to become part of the donor wall.
In short we delivered a total recognition program that met the client’s criteria, a perfect balance of communication, technology and appreciation, where all donors are recognized, no matter what level of donation. It thanks, educates, informs, and cultivates attention and interest, leading donors to action and immediately generating revenue. An inspiring solution for today, and tomorrow.