Donor plaques are available in almost in material, though most commonly cast bronze, cast aluminum and granite are generally selected due to their ability to endure harsh outdoor elements. Each donor plaque material offers it’s own unique set of characteristics, making each solution a good option depending on the provided set of goals.
Cast bronze donor plaques are frequently used at the entrance to buildings, on donor walls, at the base of monuments and in memorial gardens to recognize charitable gifts provided. Cast bronze donor plaques are highlighted by the elegant gold color associated with bronze, then finished with a background finish and protective clear coat. Standard plaques can include copy, images or sculpted portraits of the donors.
Like cast bronze, cast aluminum donor plaques are typically finished so that the natural metal represents the raised copy and graphic area, while the background color is finished to a color of your selection. Cast aluminum plaques withstand the harshest of environments and will not rust. Should plaques become aged they can be refinished back to a like new condition.
Donor plaques are also commonly completed by sandblasting granite. Sandblasted granite donor plaques are elegant and will not fade, peel, corrode or patina. Recessed graphics can be gilded with gold leaf to provide an elegant long lasting metallic finish.