The Local Crowd loves GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a day to unleash generosity across the globe. This year’s event on November 30 reported record-breaking giving. An estimated 35 million adults participated — just in the United States alone!

“This extraordinary show of generosity lit up the world against a backdrop of a dark two years. GivingTuesday is joyful even at the darkest of times,” said Asha Curran, co-founder and CEO of GivingTuesday. “Our hope is that this boost of generosity is an inspiration for continued giving, kindness, and recognition of our shared humanity each day of the year.”

What if every Tuesday was GivingTuesday?

It feels great to make a crowdfunding contribution to your favorite business or non-profit, but what if your contribution could also earn you the chance to put your name on a fancy plaque or get a garden named after you? That’s what “naming rewards” do—promote your name—or the name you select—in a very public and tangible way.


Naming rewards can be traditional – like an engraved stone in a pathway, or creative and fun like naming a new menu item at your local café. Crowdfunder’s have used this strategy to name meeting rooms and art studios, put names on kegs at a brewpub, dedicate benches, paint names or quotes on a wall like pictured above, and even include contributors photos on CD covers.


Because these rewards are unique and often exclusive, they can go for high dollar. For example,  an outdoor music event campaign from Boise, ID offered contributors the opportunity to name their “jampitheather” ($2,000), pollinator garden ($2,000), and community classroom ($3,000).


But, not all naming rewards have to be offered at high price points. This awesome yoga studio in Meeteetse, WY used chalk to write names on their new patio in exchange for $15 contributions to their campaign.


Now that I’ve shared a few of my favorite uses of naming rewards, what creative ideas do you have for businesses or non-profits?

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Katelyn Heller

Author | TLC Success Coach

Adventure-seeking success coach who loves exploring Wyoming’s landscapes with my two fur babies.