We give an award to the top sales guy, to the person with 25 years of service, to the truck driver with 1 million miles without a chargeable accident. We believe in the power of recognition. The why we do it may seem obvious, but it is a lot more than that.

We use recognition to:

  • Create a culture within the company that affects every attitude.

  • Say thanks and applaud success.

  • Teach others what we as an organization want to achieve.

  • Increase retention of employees.

  • Support Mission and Values.

  • Engage employees.

  • Encourage loyalty.

  • Increase customer satisfaction.

  • In summation, we believe in using recognition everyday to improve the bottom line. If that's important to you, then we're speaking the same language. Come with us on this journey.

    Take a look at the topics we have and see if we can help you with your recognition programs.

  • Need ideas for wording on an awards? See the Thesaurus.

  • Want to implement a sales award program but need to present the concept to management? Check out Sales Awards: An Overview.

  • Want to know the inside scoop on the Lombardi Trophy or the Oscars? Take a look at our ongoing series on Famous Awards.

  • Talk to us. We are here to help you.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Awards & Recognition Thesaurus

    Award & Recognition Thesaurus
    Sometimes we are just stumped, or we don't want to be repetitive, or we just need another way to say it. Perhaps some of these common words used in an award inscription can help you out.

    ABILITY - talent, intellect, aptitude, propensity, inclination
    ACCOMPLISHMENT - fulfillment, completion, achievement, realization, attainment, triumph, victory, success, consummation
    ACHIEVEMENT - attainment, accomplishment, consummation, realization, triumph success
    APPRECIATION - thankfulness, gratefulness, obliged, indebted, gratitude, regard, esteem, respect
    ASSISTANCE - support, aid, help, to serve, collaborating with, contribution
    ASSISTANT - aide, helper, acolyte, friend, associate, colleague, second in command, patron, backer, ancillary, adjutant, partner, co-worker, ally
    BEAUTIFUL - lovely, attractive, comely, pretty, elegant, superb, grand, handsome, radiant, ravishing, gorgeous
    BELOVED - loved, adored, worshiped, cherished, dear, favorite, precious, treasured, darling, endeared, valued
    BEST - finest, high-test, first, premium, crowning, incomparable, greatest, top-notch, unequaled, choice
    CAREFULLY - conscientiously, exactly, rigidly, precisely, fastidiously
    CEREMONY - function, commemoration, memorial, rite, ritual, pageant, observance
    CERTIFY - guarantee, attest, confirmed, endorse, assure
    COMMEND - accredit, laud, acclaim, endorse, recommend, approve, acclaim
    CONTINUED - sustained, perseverance, perpetual, sanctioning, enduring, on-going, unrelenting, extended
    CONTRIBUTION - endowment, commitments, donation, sharing, supplying, present, bestowal, charity
    COOPERATION - collaboration, participation, alliance, assistance, team-work, concurrence
    Dedication - devotion, efforts, untiring efforts, commitment
    DEPENDABLE - trustworthy, mainstay, anchor, confidant, patron, reliable, faithful, loyal, unfailing, true
    DETERMINATION - resolution, certainty, persistence, conviction, steadfastness, perseverance, intransigence
    DEVELOP - extend, expand, advance, promote, build, enrich, cultivate
    DILIGENT - zealous, energetic, vigorous, undeviating, assiduous, unremitting, intense, industrious, persistent
    DISTINGUISHED - illustrious, venerable, renowned, honored, celebrated, esteemed, remarkable, outstanding, great, extraordinary
    EDUCATION - edification, enrichment, teaching, instruction, enlightenment, tutelage, knowledge
    EFFORT - endeavor, labor, work, undertaking, venture, task commitment, exertion
    EMPHASIS - underline, dramatize, pronounce, accentuate, underscore, punctuate
    ENDURING - lasting, permanent, surviving, continual, unchanging, uninterrupted, tenacious, perennial, tolerating
    ESTABLISH - institute, found, formulate, construct, organize, inaugurate, start, bring about
    EXCELLENT - magnificent, supreme, peerless, foremost, exemplary, desirable, paramount, superior, superlative, exceptional, tremendous, wonderful
    FRIENDSHIP - association, brotherhood, companionship, confidant
    GIVE - grant, bestow, confer, impart, present, award, convey, contribute to, lavish upon
    GUIDANCE - direction, leadership, supervision, management, oversight, suggestion, counsel
    HAPPY - joyous, merry, convivial, congenial, mirthful, charmed, spirited
    INSTILL - infuse, impress, inspire
    INVOLVEMENT - link, connection, participation, affiliation, commitment
    JUDGMENT - knowledge, discrimination, understanding, perception, acuteness, keenness, intuition
    KINDNESS - good intentions, consideration, helpfulness, indulgence, courtesy, thoughtfulness, altruism, graciousness
    LEADERSHIP - administration, authority, foresight, command, supremacy
    NOBLE - honorable, heroic, brilliant, excellent, princely, magnanimous, courtly, dignified, splendid, exalted, distinguished
    OUTSTANDING - notable, distinguished, highly regarded, impressive, worthy, considerable, enthusiastic
    PATIENCE - forbearance, fortitude, composure, endurance
    PRAISE - applaud, cheer, acclaim, endorse, eulogize, admire
    PRESENTED - awarded, bestowed, conferred, given, endowed, delivered
    PROFIT - benefit, thrive, prosper, gain
    PROMOTE - advance, forward, encourage, expand, nourish, improve, bolster
    RECOGNITION - in acknowledgment of, remembrance, acknowledgment, commendation
    RESPECT - esteem, honor, regard, admiration
    RETIREMENT - withdrawal, resignation, departure
    SERVICE - assistance, cooperation, performance of duty, help, servitude
    SINCERELY - truthfully, honestly, earnestly, genuinely, profoundly
    SPECIAL - exceptional, distinctive, unusual, unique, exclusive, extraordinary
    SUPPORT - upkeep, responsibility for, provide, promote, sustain, further, maintain, patronize, subsidize
    THANKS - appreciation, gratefulness, acknowledgment, gratitude

    I'm sure there are a bunch of others out there. Any other ideas we could add to the list?

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Interactive Donor Recognition

    Walking into a hospital, one would see the donor recognition wall, perhaps the old school style with a tree and brass plates, or perhaps one of the newer more contemporary styles with corian name bars and an elaborate colorful design. But all of these traditional displays were static, you walked by and nothing really called out to you.

    Now there is a whole new generation of donor recognition walls brought to you by donor award experts like RCB that takes advantage of  technology to not only tell the donor's story, but also to draw attention to the display and get more visitors to really lilsten to the message. Imagine walking up to a display and touching a button next to a name and having the donor tell you in his own words and image why the hospital was important in his life, why he made a major contribution, and why he is asking for others to step forward. Clearly, this is no longer just a wall, but now it is a major marketing piece, one that works all day and all night for you. RCB Awards can even take it a step further, and use touch screen displays that allow a viewer to touch a name on the screen and have it zoom out into a video of the person telling his story. While idle, the same screen can show a looping message from the Foundation about what it does. The ideas are endless. Pretty neat stuff. For donor wall ideas and trends, see: RCB Donor Recognition. For more information, contact RCB Awards at 1-800-929-9110.

    Donor Recognition in the Community: Waukesha Civic Theater


    I recently had lunch with Beverly Peterson, Director of Development at the Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT). At first glance, the old converted movie theater, located downtown in the heart of Waukesha, looks like a sleepy laid back little community venue. But after taking a closer look, this clearly is a very professionally run organization. When you walk in the front door the first thing you see is the main wall of the lobby that displays a huge mask, the logo of the organization, and the title Bryce and Anne Styza Donor Wall.  Clearly, the organization values donor recognition as it lists all the names of contributors from two capital campaigns. The first capital campaign in 1999 renovated the building by converting it from an old movie theater to a state-of-the-art community theatre facility that is handicap accessible not only to patrons, but to performers as well.  The Waukesha Civic Theatre maintained the integrity of the 1920’s movie theatre d├ęcor and incorporated it into their renovations. An additional campaign in 2006 allowed for further renovations to the north end of the building creating more rehearsal space and theatre arts education class space.  There is an additional donor recognition wall in the back of the theatre building for those entering from Riverfront Plaza. In wandering around the building, one sees very quickly that naming rights are a prized commodity.  Anything thing from dressing rooms, to rehearsal rooms, to even stairs are named for donors who contributed to the capital campaign. The building is named after Margaret Brate Bryant, and the mainstage is named after her daughter, Andrea Bryant Jones.  These naming rights were due to contributions by family members, Tony and Andrea Bryant, as well as John Bryant during the first campaign.  There are currently a few spaces available for naming rights.  The Waukesha Civic Theatre annual operating budget depends on 60% being raised through season subscriptions and 40% through fundraising opportunities. This gives everyone in the community a chance to contribute, and be recognized through show playbills, WCT website and  print media advertisement. . Additionally, planned giving programs provide valuable tax benefits to the donor as well as much needed income for the future of WCT. Bequests may be made through a will or other options which include charitable trusts and beneficiary designation attached to a tax-deferred retirement asset. Corporate Sponsors aren't left out either. A business or individual has multiple opportunities to partner with the theatre by  sponsoring shows and events from small amounts to very substantial amounts. All of these donations come with a recognition component and it’s pretty comprehensive. The theatre is still left with a wish list from anything like audio systems, to light board, to curtains in dressing room, and everything in between. This little theatre is no little theater, but a great example of how to do recognition right, and how to realize a huge percentage of their operating budget as a result. For more information on how you can help the Waukesha Civic Theatre, please contact Beverly Peterson, Director of Development at or checkout their website at