Digital donor recognition wall display with donor names and beautiful imagery of California coastline

Donor Recognition

Are you planning recognition for a new capital project? Perhaps you need to revamp your current plaque system. Many of our Giftmap clients also collaborate with PDG to strengthen their donor families and help inspire others to give.

29-foot tall cornerstone donor recognition wall inspired by the Planetree Philosophy using brushed aluminum dimensional lettering

Giftmap Clients & PDG

In our 40-plus years of creating architectural centerpieces that connect organizations to communities, Presentation Design Group has worked on countless donor recognition projects including traditional donor walls, digital displays, history walls, plaque systems, and exterior recognition for hospitals, universities, and non-profit organizations across the country. Our experience, expertise, and passion allow us to anticipate the questions and needs you might have throughout the entire process - from initial consultation to final installation.

Children's Hospital of
San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

Implementing Giftmap helped Children’s Hospital of San Antonio discover and realize its campaign’s full fundraising potential by identifying and accurately tracking every naming opportunity. The success of their campaign allowed Christus Health to establish the first and only freestanding children’s hospital in San Antonio in 2012. After just nine years in operation the hospital saw nearly 6,000 children and maternal patients admitted, more than 4,500 surgeries performed, and 45,000 emergency cases handled in 2021.

At the close of their fundraising campaign, PDG was chosen to develop recognition to celebrate their generous donor family. In collaboration with the hospital’s foundation and its architects, PDG designed, built, and installed the “river” wall – a massive 120-foot, two-story donor wall of ever-changing colors. The entire display, including the original design for the feature wall, was fabricated in the Presentation Design Group studio.

The results of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s successful fundraising campaign and its visually captivating donor recognition truly showcase the benefits of combining PDG’s donor recognition services with Giftmap – a dynamic naming opportunities and mapping tool for fundraisers.

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Two women admiring the color-changing Blue River Walk donor recognition wall spanning 120 feet at Children's Hospital of San AntonioClose up section of 120-foot blue river donor recognition wall with the quote, "It is my dream and prayer that one day children will have their own special hospital."Donor recognition named space plaque made of circles of different sizes and tints of purple and white hanging on a purple wall.

Oklahoma State University

The McKnight Center For The Performing Arts
Stillwater, OK

As its mission statement reads, The McKnight Center at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma inspires and transforms individuals’ lives through artistic excellence, shared creative experiences, and impactful learning opportunities. At PDG we share many of those same ideals, so it was with great satisfaction that we received OSU's invitation to design and build the donor recognition for this state-of-the-art performance center, and the culmination not only of our efforts here but our long-term studies across the greater university.

Our journey with OSU began long before the McKnight Center project when our Giftmap team worked with OSU to bring dynamic, mapped naming opportunities online for a select group of buildings on campus. With future plans to expand its use to manage funding opportunities and recognition inventories, PDG performed a campus-wide audit to gather inventories of existing named spaces and available naming opportunities. This provided an accurate starting point for its naming inventory and enhanced our understanding of OSU's culture.

The donor recognition installation at The McKnight Center brings that cultural understanding into view, and it is a sight to behold. A long curved wall of dark wood captures your attention when you enter this grand lobby. Internally lit frosted letters create the names of high-level donors which are embedded into blocks at various points in this naturally warm background – a highly engaging display of gratitude to OSU’s generous donor family.

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Donor recognition display with wood panels and printed names at Oklahoma State University's McKnight Center for the Performing Arts.Major donor recognition display with wood panels with backlit names at Oklahoma State University's McKnight Center for the Performing Arts.Donor recognition display with wood panels and printed names at Oklahoma State University's McKnight Center for the Performing Arts.

Stamford Hospital

Stamford Health
Stamford, CT

At PDG, we stress to our clients the importance of creating long-lasting relationships with their donor families through the use of thoughtful recognition. We know that donor walls, digital displays, and named space plaques are effective because they help foster those relationships and create a sense of connection with your organization. We put the same emphasis on creating those long-lasting relationships with our clients. A perfect example of this is our 22-year partnership with Stamford Health.

Our first donor recognition project with Stamford began in 2000. Years later in 2012, our relationship continued when Stamford brought Giftmap online to help manage their new campaign to build Stamford Hospital. PDG collaborated with their team to design the 29-foot-high grand cornerstone display that recognizes the major donors to their campaign.

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29-foot tall cornerstone donor recognition wall inspired by the Planetree Philosophy using brushed aluminum dimensional letteringDonor recognition named space plaque featuring a sycamore tree to visually represent the Planetree PhilosophyDonor recognition wall that says, With Gratitude to our Generous Donors in Stamford's Bennett Cancer Center

Princeton Medical Center

Penn Medicine Healthcare
Plainsboro, NJ

Princeton Healthcare (now part of Penn Medicine Healthcare) originally selected PDG to design a comprehensive and unique donor recognition program at the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, which consolidated the services, activities, and donor communities of two older campuses. A collaborative discovery and planning phase led to the design of five separate recognition and history displays, as well as recognition for individually named rooms and spaces. To assist in this process, and in close collaboration with PDG, Giftmap was designed and developed to facilitate the soliciting of naming opportunities, as well as tracking the ultimate placement of recognition across campus at Princeton.

PDG’s partnership with Princeton was invaluable, and opened the door for countless other organizations to discover the value Giftmap has to offer to any fundraising team.

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Exterior donor recognition named space plaque for Harle Welcome Garden at Princeton Medical Center. Embedded art glass donor and history wall with plaque system and dimensional letteringNamed space plaque at Princeton Medical Center honoring their medical staff's leadership.

Sutter Health

California Pacific Medical Center Foundation
San Francisco, CA

When California Pacific Medical Center had the opportunity to replace two existing hospitals in downtown San Francisco, they asked PDG how they could bring the rich artistic and aesthetic heritage of San Francisco into the project. CPMC challenged its donors and the community to envision new campuses that would serve the community for decades to come.

Recognizing the opportunity to employ visual tools to help gift officers and donors realize this project’s potential, CPMC worked with PDG to connect the artistic possibilities of donor recognition to the most current technology in large-format digital presentations. The challenge was met with the perfect solution – PDG’s Giftmap recognition planning software. Through Giftmap, CPMC could embed the inspiring building concepts from project architects along with individual room and space naming recognition designs developed by PDG’s team. The resulting tool created by Giftmap allowed gift officers to work with donors to visualize spaces, recognition, and varying opportunities on floor plans throughout the project campuses.

The forward-looking project team at Sutter CPMC helped Giftmap realize its full potential and, in concert with other donor communications, secure major gifts for the project before, after, and during its development.

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Digital donor recognition wall display with donor names and beautiful imagery of California coastlineClose up view of named space donor recognition plaque on wallClose up view of digital donor recognition wall display showing donor names in different sizes

Ready to see
Giftmap in action?

In your 30-minute Giftmap demo we'll show you how our dynamic data and mapping tool can help you plan and manage funding opportunities and recognition inventories. We can also cover on-site donor recognition audits, consultative valuation of your named spaces, and set up timeline and pricing.