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4 Tips for Donor Thank You Gift Ideas

4 Tips for Thanking Your Donors for an Outstanding YEAR

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—time to thank your donors for their generous support of your nonprofit organization! Most nonprofits are in the habit of sending out thank you letters for tax purposes. But giving your donors some extra end-of-year recognition helps bolster donor relationships and makes donors more inclined to give to your organization in the coming year.

As end-of-year recognition experts, we’ve put together some thoughts on how you can show your gratitude through donor thank you gifts so that your donors turn into habitual givers. Here a few things we’ve seen work for many of our nonprofit clients.

 

1. Create a System

Every donor deserves to be thanked for their generosity, no matter the size of the contribution. But your more generous donors also deserve to be thanked in proportion to their gifts. We suggest creating a tiered system for thanking your donors, perhaps something like this:

  • Gifts of $25 or less: Thank you letter

  • Gifts between $25 and $100: Thank you letter and a magnet or notepad

  • Gifts over $100: Personal thank you letter from your executive director and a mug or tote with your nonprofit’s logo and an “I Gave” message

The beauty of a tiered system is that everyone feels like their donations are appreciated, while your organization saves money by diversifying the types of recognition it gives out.

 

2. Make It Personal

We’re all inundated with generic emails and mailers, so when we get a note that’s personalized and better yet, handwritten, it really stands out. Your donors feel exactly the same way. That’s why personalizing your end-of-year recognition can go a long way with donors.

Here are a few ways to give your donors a personal thank you:

  • Mail a handwritten note

  • Send a personal email

  • Give them a quick call

However you send your personal thanks, be sure to include how each donor’s gift specifically helped your organization, whether it paid for new equipment, helped a family in need, or helped your organization broaden its work in your local area.

 

3. Give a Shout Out

Sometimes, the best thank you occurs in the moment. As donors make their end-of-year contributions, give them a quick shout out on social media or your website. They’ll likely share your shout out with their networks, which expands the reach of your organization, an added bonus.

Some nonprofits opt for more formal donor shout outs. Many organizations list donors by name in their annual reports. Others create donor walls at their offices that include the name of every donor who has made a contribution.

 

4. Host a Thank You Event

Have a loyal group of donors who have gone above and beyond in 2016? Show them some extra love by treating them to a special thank you event. Host your party at your office if possible to keep your costs low, or ask a donor to step in and sponsor the event at their location. Give out donor gifts in a special ceremony so everyone feels recognized. Keep the focus of the event on your gratitude—don’t ask for more support at the event itself.

Need help coming up with ideas for how to thank your 2016 donors? The recognition experts at Broadway Awards have you covered. Contact us today at 763-533-0979.

Corporate and Employee Holiday Gifts: An HR Manager’s Guide

Corporate and Employee Holiday Gifts: An HR Manager’s Guide

Corporate and Employee Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of year again—time for HR managers and business owners to decide what their organization is going to give as their corporate gift this holiday season. Your company’s gift to employees is an opportunity to show your appreciation, grow company culture, and stay true to your brand. Here’s what Broadway Awards recommends for corporate gifts in 2016.

 

If you’re a small business . . .

If you’re a small business owner with just a dozen or so employees, give a corporate gift that comes from the heart. Employees appreciate thoughtful gifts accompanied by a personal note from you. Depending on the size of your company, you could opt to give a different gift to each employee based on their personal interests or one gift that deeply reflects your company’s culture (an office espresso machine if your office is full of coffee aficionados, for example, or this personal one).

Whatever you choose, accompany your gift with a handwritten note expressing your gratitude for each employee and what they contribute to your team.

 

If you’re a startup . . .

New companies don’t have a lot of cash lying around to splurge on corporate gifts. But that doesn’t mean your employees should go without. Take a look at your company’s mission and core values for inspiration on what to give. Or, use corporate gifts to build your brand and loyalty among your employees. Team apparel, coffee mugs, or laptop bags are useful and culture building.

We recommend handwritten notes for startups, too. Show your employees you appreciate their dedication and hard work as you get your company off the ground.

 

If you’re a large corporation . . .

If you manage the HR department of a large corporation, you’ll likely decide on one or two items to purchase in bulk to give to your team. Take a look at the list of the gifts you’ve given the last few years to make sure you don’t repeat yourself. Run a few options by your HR team and your company’s leaders before settling on your final decision. Large corporations often give gifts such as tote bags, apparel, and travel mugs.

If you employ hundreds or thousands of employees, you can still include personal notes with your gift. Divide and conquer—ask your managers and team leaders to write personal notes to their staff, and send out a company-wide card or email from leadership.

Need help deciding what to give your employees in 2016? The team at Broadway Awards has years of experience helping entrepreneurs, startups, non-profits, schools, and large corporations find the perfect employee gifts. Contact the experts at Broadway Awards today at 763-533-0979.

Get Ready for End-of-Year School Awards

Get Ready for End-of-Year School Awards

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It’s that time again—time to order year-end awards for your school’s top performers. End-of-year awards banquets are a fun way to recognize your school’s best and brightest. Honor them with a memorable and thoughtful token of their hard work.

 

Academic and School Community Awards Ceremonies

Every year, schools across Minnesota host ceremonies for students who achieved academic excellence and went above and beyond for the school community. Recognize seniors who have earned scholarships and students who have served in student government. Honor students who have earned a spot in the National Honor Society and those who clocked 100 or more hours of volunteer time.

Academic and community awards range from the traditional to the unexpected. Medallions, ribbons, crystal or acrylic awards, trophies, and plaques are always great choices. Consider awarding students with a nice pen and pencil set or a personalized, embossed planner to use in the next school year.

 

Awards for Sports and Music Banquets

Often, schools recognize students for their performance on sports teams and in musical ensembles. Sports and music banquets are often the last time an entire team or band will be together. It gives them a chance to reflect on the past year or season, share goals and successes, and be recognized.

Ribbons and trophies are popular awards for both sports teams and musical ensembles. Think outside the box and consider honoring students with special jackets or sweatshirts. Present them with equipment bags with their names, position or chair, and your school’s mascot.

The end of the school year is an exciting time for students, parents, and staff. Recognize your school’s outstanding students with a special award and ceremony. The experts at Broadway Awards can help you design the perfect award. Contact us to get started today.