FUNDRAISING CHAIRS & DONOR STEWARDSHIP
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Alumni Chairs works closely with Development, Advancement, Philanthropy, and Fundraising Professionals to provide special fundraising chairs for donor cultivation, donor stewardship, donor retention. and other goals of donor relations. Elegant Amish Chairs are an effective way to honor special donors, board members, other essential supporters. We create custom chairs to be presented to principal donors of major gifts. Organizations can choose from our four lines of hardwood chairs, including miniature fundraising chairs for donors who prefer smaller but, nonetheless, elegant gifts.
If your organization’s development leadership would seek an object with which to honor principal gift donors, major gift donors, philanthropists, and other persons of distinction, we will work with you to include attractive Amish chairs and benches in your donor stewardship plan. We can re-design or modify existing fundraising chairs to your specifications via wood species, finish, fabric, leather, and logos. Also, we can provide standard chairs for donor cultivation, stewardship, donor retention with custom features according to your request.
“Your chairs are a power visual symbol…wonderful inspiration and incentive…”
FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER
Seattle’s world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) purchased a large number of our Affinity Classic Alumni Chairs (ACAC) hardwood college chairs, Amish-made in Ohio, with a custom finish and a special logo to honor its elite research scientists who have received endowed chairs. We installed the Fred Hutch logo using our unique, proprietary TrueColor Logos™ process in four colors.
In addition to full-size chairs, Fred Hutch requested our miniature chairs or mini chairs – exact replicas of their full-size chairs for donors who prefer smaller items for desks, shelves, and credenzas.
On January 10, 2017, Fred Hutch presented ACAC Chairs to nine of its scientists. Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem, scientist who received a new chair from the Ohio workshop, commented “It’s nice to have a …chair,” he said, “and they are also really comfortable.”
“Alumni Chairs…one of the most amazing vendors I’ve ever dealt with. …I knew they genuinely were concerned about our organization and product.”
Four Chairs on Base and Under Acrylic Cover
BAPTIST HEALTH FOUNDATION
Baptist Health South honors both the recipients of Endowed Chairs and the Donors of the Endowed Chairs with full-size and miniature stewardship chairs, respectively. Most recently, the Foundation honored a physician with our Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chair (ATCC) with Cherry Crown and Arms, while the Benefactor received our Miniature ATCC Chair on a Cherry Base. We delivered the full size chair within four weeks and the Mini-Chair two weeks thereafter.
“I am so satisfied and happy with both chairs! The design of both chairs is remarkable! My directors were so impressed with the chairs that they definitely will be wanting more in the near future! Thank you!”
“Our recognition dinner occurred last evening and folks…were simply blown away by the chairs. Thank you…Thank you!”
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
University Advancement at Carnegie Mellon relies on Alumni Chairs to honor principal donors, board members, and distinguished faculty. Especially during the virus crisis of 2020, our Miniature Chairs enable the University to deliver elegant gifts to special members of the Carnegie Mellon Community in lieu of in-person celebrations. CMU’s Donor Relations and Stewardship teams have ordered scores of our six-inch-tall Miniature Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chairs on dark-brown maple bases as in tntegral part of their donor stewardship plans.
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center purchased a custom, leather Affinity Laureate Chair for presentation to a family which funded an important academic chair or endowed chair. We also provided miniature chairs, six inches tall, to members of the family. All chairs, large and small, display Wexner’s logo – all to the appropriate scale. Our chairs are effective tools in donor cultivation.
“The recipient of the Ohio State University Wexner chair, one of our Donors, loved the chair. She was over-the-moon about the thoughtfulness of us being able to select the finishes to fit her taste. Thank you for allowing us to make it custom!”
SUMMA HEALTH FOUNDATION
Summa Health Foundation in Canton, Ohio presents Miniature Affinity Classic Alumni Chairs to Principal Donors to Summa Health. They present these miniature donor relations chairs on a Cherry Base with an elegant brown stain and lacquer finish.
“For our new endowed chair donors, we are presenting them with a miniature chair to recognize their transformational generosity. The chairs are beloved! They are unique, perfect for our donors’ desk or book shelf, and definitely a conversation starter. Thank you for terrific service and your dedication to detailed excellence.”
The Boston University Questrom School of Business has designed beautiful, Miniature Captain’s Chairs on White Marble Bases with silver nameplates. Rollins College chose a 5″ chair with the Rollins “R” and a Dark Cherry base. Wichita State University, Horizon Prep high school, and residents at Virginia Commonwealth Health have also chosen our Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chairs and Affinity Traditional Rocking Chairs as retirement chairs to honor retiring and current leaders for donor stewardship and donor retention. In all cases, we have created special recognition chairs personalized with elegant gold or silver plates bearing tributes to personal accomplishments and contributions to the success of each organization.
“We recently ordered an Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chair to present as a gift for the named recipient of an endowed chair. You and your team did an amazing job completing the project within our time constraints, and providing us with updates along the way.”
MINIATURE CHAIRS FOR STEWARDSHIP
Chairs for donor stewardship plans are available in all sizes. We produce miniature philanthropy chairs or mini chairs for university advancement, development, and alumni offices. Some universities have approached us in search of college mini chairs as gifts to honor donors. Because they may know donors and prospective donors whose contributions may not justify the expense of a full-size chair or the donors may prefer less valuable gifts, these offices have decided to make available small replica chairs that can be displayed on desks and shelves in homes and offices. These unique, small chairs are very helpful in donor cultivation and donor retention. Also, some high net worth individuals may not wish to receive full-size chairs or they may prefer that their favorite charity conserve donor dollars and avoid premium items such as full-size chairs, preferring that their charity be a conservative steward of donor funds.
“The chairs are beloved! They are unique, perfect for our donors’ desk or bookshelf, and definitely a conversation starter. Thank you for terrific service and your dedication to detailed excellence.”
We offer exact models of our Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chair and our Affinity Classic Alumni Chair in four-inch, five-inch, and six-inch miniatures(below) – mini-chairs complete with exact-replica logos. Currently we offer chairs for donor stewardship plans in black lacquer and an elegant, new material that appears as frosted glass (at additional cost). Other sizes and other attractive materials and finishes are available. We offer elegant bases in maple wood or cherry wood in dimensions of 5.25″, 6″, and 6.5″ square. Custom bases are also available in Marble and Granite with sophisticated metal nameplates on miniature philanthropy chairs.
We will design custom miniature chairs for recognition upon request, and of course, costs will vary with size, chair material, pedestal material, finish, complexity, and the client’s desired delivery time frame. Miniature chairs are labor intensive and are not inexpensive. However, these mini-chairs are attractive, more economical alternatives to full-size chairs. As is the case with all of our chairs, our miniature chairs are made in the United States – in Colorado, specifically. Learn more about our Miniature Chairs here. For more information about Affinity Classic Miniature Chairs for donor cultivation, donor stewardship, donor retention, email us at Info@AlumniChairs.com.
FUNDRAISING, ACADEMIC CHAIRS, FELLOWSHIPS, ENDOWED CHAIRS, AND STEWARDSHIP
Alumni Chairs works closely with organizations that have purchased Recognition Chairs to be the object of raffles, silent auctions, or other fundraising events. Universities, hospitals, and non-profit Advancement and Development Departments have chosen Affinity Chairs as awards and gifts to exceptional donors. Donors funding Academic Chairs, Endowed Chairs, and Fellowships can be suitably recognized and honored our Alumni Chairs. We can also make more economical Miniature Chairs that replicate our full-size chairs. Miniatures are an excellent means of honoring annual donors and donors who are mindful of careful stewardship and likely to decline a gift of higher cost.
UNIQUE GIFTS TO HONOR YOUR DONORS AT SPECIAL EVENTS
AlumniChairs.com can make Custom Alumni Chairs, Award Chairs, Miniature Chairs, Retirement Chairs, and other Recognition Chairs for businesses and other organizations, that will distinguish those entities from all others. Learn how a custom recognition chair and chairs for donor relations can bond major gift donors and principal gift donors to your organization and distinguish your organization.
For more information about chairs for special events, donor engagement, donor relations, donor cultivation, donor stewardship, donor retention, donor stewardship plans, and stewardship philanthropy, , please contact us at 866.748.2230 or email us at Info@AlumniChairs.com.
Miniature Chairs at Special Event of Duke Health System
To determine approximate prices of chairs for not-for-profit organization, visit our “Chairs Without Licensed Logos” page to learn about ordering full-size chairs that do not involve royalty fees. Click here for pricing of Miniature Chairs. Many orders by nonprofits for internal use or for special gifts will not require royalty fees. Therefore, this page is the best, initial source of pricing for those purchases.
Find the chair of your choice, determine its approximate price, and, then, phone us to discuss the details, arrange for your special logo, and order your chair or chairs. Contact us at 866.748.2230 or email us at Info@AlumniChairs.com for additional information.
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