CMHA – Winnipeg Showcases New Office With Planned Legacy Recognition Display

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Winnipeg office, has undergone some exciting developments recently, not the least of which is its move to new offices at 930 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg’s west end neighborhood. The bright, contemporary facilities have been completely redesigned to accommodate the needs of staff and clients alike, and this undertaking was made possible in large measure through the generous contributions of government, corporate and individual donors to the organizations capital campaign which concluded this fall.

To recognize these gifts CMHA Winnipeg Executive Director Nicole Chammartin selected Planned Legacy to design and fabricate a recognition display that would complement the facility’s new décor and colors, and which would also be flexible enough to allow for easy and economical updates should new donors step forward.

Using 8 mml tempered glass panels supported in channels in vertical aluminum tubing, the display showcases donor names and graphic images using durable vinyl graphic film that can quickly be modified to add new names or images.

“We had a tight timeline and a tight budget but Planned Legacy worked closely with us to ensure that the project was completed in time for our grand opening event, “ said Ms. Chammartin. “We were really satisfied with the quality of work that was done.”



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New Monterey Display Celebrates International Success

The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), a graduate school of Middlebury College, is a dynamic organization that annually produces graduates who go on to be leaders in all areas of business and commerce, working for some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.

Recently, MIIS decided to move ahead with the development of a comprehensive recognition display that would serve multiple purposes. The display, which would integrate an architecturally designed donor wall with an interactive multimedia presentation, is an innovative blend of technology and craftsmanship that is helping MIIS share its story and achievements with visitors around the world.

According to Kathryn Ann Joyce, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at MIIS,  the area where the display is situated used to be dead space but is now always busy with people. “The wall has brought that building to life,” says Joyce. “People who were not interested initially in having their profiles and pictures up are now very interested in it. And corporations are very excited about being featured, too, and feel that they’re seeing an increased interest in them from students,” she continued.

The architectural portion of the display features a series of six large glass panels, each showcasing donors within various gift categories. Highlighting the display is a world globe that creates a dramatic relief background.

When visitors approach the display a large 55” interactive LCD monitor invites them to experience the multimedia presentation by touching one of the interactive navigation buttons. Presentation modules include A World Of Influence which features global regions where MIIS graduates are at work; Alumni of Distinction; and Tomorrow’s Leaders. Another module is Our Corporate Partners that showcases some of the major corporations that have hired MIIS graduates, and which feature profiles of those corporate partners.

“The entire project development experience was seamless”, says Kathy Joyce. “I was amazed that we were able to develop such a comprehensive project so easily. And being featured in the multimedia presentation has become somewhat of a campus status symbol, as students and staff vie to be included in one of its segments”, she added.

For more information on the Monterey Institute for International Studies integrated recognition  project or other Planned Legacy projects please contact Planned Legacy at 866-882-3580 or by email at [email protected].

 This is a designer’s rendering of the display at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Overlake Hospital Medical Center recognizes key donors with Planned Legacy donor walls and interactive recognition displays

Hospital Donor Wall, Overlake Hospital Medical Center Center, Bellevue, WA USA

Hospital Donor Wall with Interactive Recognition Display. Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Photo Credit: Garland Cary

When Overlake Hospital Medical Center, a premier hospital in Bellevue, Washington, wanted to recognize key donors in celebration of its 50-year history, there were three clear directives:

  • the recognition needed to be innovative, in keeping with the region’s rich history of technical development
  • the recognition needed elegant design and finishes distinct to the facility
  • the project needed to reflect the unique relationships between the institution’s three pillars, the Hospital, the Foundation and the Auxiliaries.

Planned Legacy’s approach to the project centered on getting to know Overlake, following our belief that the best way to understand an installation is to understand the culture comprising the institution. Design followed shortly after preliminary meetings and an extensive site visit.

Planned Legacy’s strong dedication to customer satisfaction and willingness to stand behind their work shine above other vendors that I have worked with. I was especially impressed by the time and effort their team spent understanding our institutional culture, project goals, and community feel. The end result was a display that clearly reflects the style, values, and passion of our organization. — Robin Webster, Director, Operations and Donor Relations, Overlake Hospital Foundation, Bellevue WA

The display was designed in two major sections — 21’ 9″ wide and 12’ wide — to best marry the architectural elements of the corridor location’s hefty vertical columns with the display’s content requirements. Both sections feature linear components and a series of rectangular tempered glass panels, placed in horizontal and vertical alignments. Providing additional continuity are the vertical light-boxes which feature bear-grass ensconced in an eco-resin. These panels provide a warm Earthy element without compromising the sterility of the hospital environment.

The larger wall’s glass panels feature information about the Foundation and Auxiliaries, Annual Donors Lists and Benefactor information as well as Honorarium and In Memory listings. Anchoring the section, on the far left, is a 40″ interactive touch-screen display in a landscape configuration. The multimedia presentation provides an immersive destination with five modules.

The smaller wall was dedicated to Major Donors, including lifetime donors over $100,000 and a listing of endowments. The centerpiece of the wall is a 40″ interactive touch-screen display in portrait configuration, which honors million dollar plus donations. The multimedia is narrative in nature and shares the stories behind the generosity of the institution’s largest supporters.

The photos in the donor wall gallery above are the work of professional photographer Garland Cary. You can view more of Garland’s photos online at and Thanks Garland!

For more information on the Overlake Hospital Medical Center donor recognition walls, or to discover what Planned Legacy interactive donor walls, recognition displays and capital campaign promotion systems can do for your organization, please call Planned Legacy Toll Free at 1. 866.882.3580 or e-mail [email protected].

Need additional inspiration or more ideas for your new donor wall or donor recognition project? Check out the donor wall photos in our donor recognition gallery.

Interactive donor recognition display honours donors and Hospital leaders, promotes achievements and activities for Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation

Donor wall with interactive multimedia presentation at Presbyterian Hospital Foundation

Donor wall with interactive multimedia presentation. Presbyterian Hospital Foundation. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Planned Legacy was selected by the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to design an integrated donor recognition display that would elevate the Foundation’s message and achievements to a new level.

Blending natural hues with indirect lighting, Planned Legacy captured the colors and textures of the surrounding landscape and Sandia Mountains to create an inspiring panorama for the architectural component of the display. Glass panels, a photomural and historic images were blended in to celebrate donors, honour early Hospital leaders and promote the Foundation’s achievements and activities.

To compliment the recognition display and attract visitors, staff and contributors at first point of contact, a 40″ touch-enabled LCD screen complete with interactive multimedia presentation was added. The presentation showcases the Foundation, its leadership and vision using a combination of text, photos and video.

Visitors to the display can search donor profiles and names, watch video clips of noteworthy individuals and events, and even make a contribution to the Foundation by using a secure credit card swipe that transmits information instantly to the Foundation office.

For more information on the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation donor wall and other donor recognition projects Planned legacy is working on for their Foundation, or to discover what Planned Legacy interactive donor walls, recognition displays and capital campaign promotion systems can do for your organization, please call Planned Legacy Toll Free at 1.866.882.3580 or e-mail [email protected].

Need additional inspiration or more ideas for your new donor wall or donor recognition project? Check out our donor recognition photo gallery.

Due Diligence for Interactive Donor Walls, Multimedia Recognition Displays and Digital Signage for Nonprofits – The Right Questions to Ask Prospective Vendors

Multimedia Donor Recognition Display University of Regina

Multimedia Donor Wall & Recognition Display University of Regina

Multimedia presentations are well known for their superior attraction capabilities in the retail space and they also work exceptionally well in the non-profit world, but there are differences, and selecting the right vendor can be critical to your long-term success.

If you’re thinking about adding a multimedia component to your current donor wall or donor recognition display, whether it be standalone or integrated, self-cycling or interactive, the following questions will assist you in doing your due diligence with regards to vendor selection.

Multimedia Donor Wall Due Diligence Questions:

  1. Do they have experience in the non-profit sector?
  2. Is designing and manufacturing donor recognition displays with multimedia presentations their core business?
  3. Will they be subcontracting the work or doing the multimedia presentation design and programming themselves?
  4. Do they have actual examples and references for interactive and/or self cycling multimedia projects they have completed?
  5. Can they design and fabricate the display? Can they design and integrate the multimedia presentation? Are they a one-stop shop?
  6. Do they have multimedia designers and in-house writers to assist with content creation?
  7. Can they help you through a content development process that includes text, graphics, video, photographs, audio, archived information, storyboarding and multimedia layout?
  8. Can they clearly explain the different types of multimedia display hardware options?
  9. Do they have practical experience in the setup, monitoring and supporting of remote networks?
  10. Is their database structure scalable? Can it handle an unlimited number of records and search queries?
  11. How will they back up your records? Can they restore them if necessary?
  12. Can they provide an image of the most recent version of your multimedia presentation and database? How quickly can it be created?
  13. Do they have practical experience working with the diverse types of lighting necessary for different displays and locations?
  14. Have they worked with donor management software?
  15. What do they offer in the way of security for your system and data?
  16. Can their system measure visitor usage, areas visited, times and lengths of visits etc. on your multimedia presentation?
  17. What kind of reports does their system provide?
  18. How is content managed? Can it be updated and edited remotely from any network-connected computer or are updates made manually via CD or DVD? Does it require technical expertise?
  19. How will system performance be monitored on a 24/7 basis? How will any issues be addressed?
  20. Can the multimedia (and other) components of their system be integrated into your current Web site?
  21. Can they answer any technical questions posed by your engineers, architects, development staff and IT professionals?

If you receive positive answers to all of the above questions you have probably found yourself a vendor that can truly help you create the ultimate multimedia donor recognition display – a destination that your donors, volunteers, staff and board members will be proud of!

Questions you need answered? Please e-mail us at [email protected] or call Toll Free 1 (866) 882-3580.

St. John’s Regional Medical Center unveils “Legacy of Caring” donor recognition display

Hospital Donor Wall St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, California

Donor wall with integrated multimedia display at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard California

St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California recently unveiled their new Legacy Of Caring donor recognition display, designed, fabricated and installed by Planned Legacy.

The display features six vertical, self-standing panels, each one a mini display unto itself.  Standing approximately 6’ high x 3 ½’ wide, each panel presents its own historical overview of the hospital and the region, including a historical timeline, iconic images of local Ventura County and donor names of specific gift categories.

The panels are constructed using a variety of materials, including frosted glass for the background and donor panels and clear glass with printed vinyl film for the historical and background photos. The photos and donor panels are attached to the back panels with brushed stainless steel edge grips. Accenting the overall display are colored acrylic panels that complement the décor of the hospital’s new lobby and serve as a striking backdrop to the display that runs the length of this new lobby area.

Most prominent is the large 52” LCD monitor at one end of the display, showing a self-cycling multimedia presentation which the hospital can easily update using the Planned Legacy Web-based Content Management System. The monitor is housed in a custom designed enclosure that features the St. John’s Healthcare name and logo in raised CNC lettering.

The complete display is illuminated with strategically placed track lighting that draws visitors to the presentation, which has become a popular destination within the hospital.

St. John's Healthcare Foundation Logo“It has been exciting to work with Planned Legacy. The possibilities seem endless and I can always count on the quality of their work.”

—  Sister Corita Burnham
Director of Donor Relations
St. John’s Healthcare Foundation

About St. John’s Healthcare Foundation

St. John’s Healthcare Foundation (Oxnard and Pleasant Valley) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises, manages, and distributes funds on behalf of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. It has a long history of raising funds to support excellent patient services at St. John’s hospitals, and, since its establishment, has had a positive impact on the health and well-being of residents in our communities. Read more…

For more detailed information on the St. John’s Healthcare Foundation donor recognition project please call Planned Legacy Toll Free at 1.866.882.3580 or e-mail [email protected].

Brigham & Women’s Hospital creates three new Donor Recognition Displays with Planned Legacy

Brigham And Womens Hospital Recognition Display

Brigham & Women's Hospital Donor Recognition Display with Interactive Multimedia

After conducting a thorough analysis of their recognition program and determining their requirements, Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts understood that their first significant recognition display needed to make a statement while also providing exceptional recognition to its supporters.

The new display would have to communicate the Hospital’s history and Harvard University affiliation while also recognizing and celebrating the thousands of individuals and organizations who have continued to support BWH since it was established.  And they wanted to do this with an architectural display that combined both tradition and technology. The firm that BWH selected to fulfill its vision was Planned Legacy, chosen for its leadership in display design as well as multimedia programming.

The environment for the new recognition display was to be the Hospital’s refurbished lobby, a high traffic area with thousands of daily visitors.  After extensive meetings and collaboration with Development and facilities staff as well as architects and other Hospital leaders, Planned Legacy designers created an engaging concept of three adjacent displays; two for donor and Legacy recognition, and a third for use by the Hospital’s Public Affairs department.

Making liberal use of wood-grain laminates, glass and custom fabricated metal, the displays were designed to complement the work of the Hospital’s architects, who were simultaneously remodeling the Hospital’s lobby and Emergency Department entrance.

The first display honors contributors to the BWH Hippocrates Society and Legacy Society as well as the organization’s Pillar Society. Donor names are highlighted on tempered glass panels beneath a large display-wide panel with full color graphic images of staff, donors and Hospital leaders.  This graphic area is backlit with strategically placed lighting that frames the entire display from the top down.

Accenting the display is a 40-inch LCD monitor which features an informative and entertaining interactive multimedia presentation that includes a compelling message from the Hospital, achievements and initiatives, donor recognition and donor profiles.

Planned Legacy has been a wonderful partner in planning and executing our first donor wall. I have been very pleased with their ability to combine a physical donor display with a state-of-the-art touch screen that allows us to display a variety of dynamic content about the power of philanthropy here at the hospital. Their overall capabilities and their understanding of the changing donor recognition landscape resulted in a very successful project that was completed on time and on budget.
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— Tina Lang-Stuart
Director of Stewardship
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

About Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has deep and rich roots in medicine that date back to 1832. Recognized internationally for its excellence in patient care, its outstanding reputation in biomedical research and its commitment to educating and training physicians, research scientists and other health care professionals, BWH is a 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School located in the heart of Boston’s renowned Longwood Medical Area.  Read more…

U of M Faculty of Engineering celebrates 100th Anniversary with new Engineering and Information Technology Complex, Donor Wall

When the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba planned its new Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC) they wanted a donor wall that not only honored contributors to the project’s capital campaign and celebrated the Faculty’s 100th Anniversary, but also one that reflected the school’s technical leadership and innovation.

Working from a concept design developed by Stantec Engineering, the EITC architects, Planned Legacy realized early in the process that taking a drawing of a 50’ long, illuminated glass wall from paper to reality would present significant challenges, but none that could not be overcome.

First, the Planned Legacy team had to create a system that would provide even lighting without hot spots over the wall’s entire length and height. This meant sourcing a special flat paint to diffuse light off the back wall and designing light enclosures that would allow easy access for maintenance and sufficient ventilation. Additionally, because the spacing for lighting was limited, a North American search was required for 24 fixtures small enough to fit into a confined area.

In addition to addressing the lighting challenge, Planned Legacy also needed to engineer a structure that would support 12 large 10 ml glass panels, each about 200 lbs. in a manner that would be stable but still allow for some natural shifting.

To make things even more interesting, part of the wall was situated beside a staircase with only 16” of access. And finally, working closely with a high end graphics company, Planned Legacy was able to devise a method of applying the donor names and other information to the glass panels seamlessly, using the correct shade of red.

The end result is a striking recognition display that achieves all of the technical and aesthetic objectives set out, on time and on budget!

For more detailed information on the University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering donor wall project  please call Planned Legacy Toll Free at 1.866.882.3580 or e-mail [email protected].