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

New Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Showcases Dynamic Recognition Display

Dramatic Donor Recognition at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center

Presbyterian Healthcare Services of Albuquerque, New Mexico, furthered its reputation for providing advanced medical care with the recent opening of its dynamic new Rust Medical Center facility – and the unveiling of a dramatic recognition display, designed, fabricated and installed by Planned Legacy.

The integrated display, incorporating a 40” LCD monitor with interactive multimedia presentation, highlights materials and finishes that complement the hospital’s contemporary décor while employing elements such as brushed bronze and silver laminates along with anodized aluminum to create striking accents.

Overall, the display is 32’ wide x 8’ high but extends barely 12” from the wall, requiring unique supports because of the existing architectural masonry and windows. Finally, as with other projects Planned Legacy has created for Presbyterian, the display is shaped to emulate the nearby Sandia Mountains, visible right through the integrated windows.

Located in the main corridor adjacent to the waiting area, the display is situated in a high traffic area where it will be seen and appreciated by the hundreds of staff, visitors and patients who pass by daily. Some of the design features that have been incorporated into the display include:

– 8 mm tempered glass on which donor names are included using 40” h x 23” w vinyl graphic film

– Stainless steel stand-offs that secure the glass to the display

– An historical timeline that has been produced on a vinyl print on acrylic

– A picturesque image produced on vinyl film that surrounds the 40” LCD monitor

– A base finish of high pressure Cherry laminate with access panels for electronic service

– A mountain panel finish comprised of anodized aluminum sheet on brushed bronze and brushed silver laminates

The overall look and feel is engaging and inspiring and, based on comments from visitors, the display is a worthy testament to the many donors and supporters who made the new facility a reality.

“We are very pleased with the donor recognition wall that Planned Legacy developed for our new Rust Medical Center. It is impressive and beautifully complements the architectural design and interiors of the hospital. We are amazed at the number of visitors that stop by the wall to look at the history of Presbyterian and the donors listed on the wall. It is truly magnificent! Working with Planned Legacy was great. They were responsive, on time and on budget, and quick to respond to the usual last minute changes.”

Gisuseppe (Joe) Rizza, CFRE ~ Vice President and Executive Director ~ Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation

For more information on the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center donor recognition display, 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.


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.

Donor Wall Recognition Display Brochure 2011 hot off the press!

University recognition display - Carnegie Mellon

Multimedia Recognition Display - Designed by Planned Legacy for Carnegie Mellon University

When you’re installing as many recognition displays and electronic multimedia presentations as Planned Legacy, it’s difficult to keep your promotional brochure current. So it was back into production for us with photos of new displays, enthusiastic testimonials from satisfied clients and lots of helpful information for those organizations wanting to add innovation and style to their current recognition program.

As you review our new 2011 Planned Legacy Donor Wall and Recognition Display Brochure you’ll be struck by the sheer variety of designs, representing a real cross section of scope and cost. Featured in the brochure are architectural and multimedia donor walls, interactive kiosks and enclosures, digital signage, memorial displays, Walls of Fame, interactive electronic wayfinding systems, specialty recognition and naming plaques, Synagogue displays and corporate recognition.

Every organization is concerned about controlling costs, no matter what size the budget, and Planned Legacy continues to prove that you can recognize donors, honor champions and showcase achievement without breaking the bank. You can download our 2011 brochure here, but hurry because we’re already starting to think about the 2012 edition! Also available on the downloads page are the Donor Wall Planning Guide and our new e-book the The 5 P’s of Successful Donor Recognition.

If you combine the ideas found in all three of the above publications with your own fabulous thoughts, you’ll be well on your way to creating the ultimate donor wall or recognition display!