Donor books are kept at computer display terminals with donor data bases and can be readily accessed by the public at park visitor centers or headquarters. Donor books record and make donor names available to the public without a proliferation of in-park recognition. They can be one of the most visible, cost effective and flexible forms of recognition to post and update. And most important, all donors (who do not request anonymity) can be displayed. Computer displays allow donor information to be updated immediately online for a variety of uses and audiences.
Donor books related to one-time, high profile fundraising efforts (e.g., Yellowstone fire recovery, Mount Rushmore capital campaign) may be available for public viewing for a period of time and put into the park archives.
An ongoing display could provide a profile of philanthropic support from the establishment of the park up to the present day with messages, and profiles of funded projects and specific donors and why they were motivated and gave to the park.