If you plan on holding on to the check for future use, dry erase lamination makes them reusable when written on with a dry erase marker. With the entire board covered in the lamination, you can write anywhere on it, wipe off and reuse. These are perfect for companies and organizations who plan on giving multiple donation presentations.
The proper size for your check will be determined upon how many people are in the presentation and how far away the camera-person is located. When one person is giving a check to one other person, then an 18"x36" Big Check Size will be a good size to use. When using that size you will also want the photographer to be about 10 feet away because it will be easiest. A 22"x48" Large Check Size would work best for 2-6 people because it will make the words really easy to read and keep the check looking large. If there are a lot of people in a photo, like 7 or more, then it will make an 18"x36" seem smaller. Choosing a 30"x60" Giant Check Size will be perceived as bigger by comparison.
Football stadiums are an example of somewhere that the biggest check size would work out better because of how far your audience will be viewing it from. Our non-standard size is 47x94 which is recommended for people to see from a long distance away. We have a way to hinge this check size so it can still be portable and carried from stadium to car.
Big Check Presentation: Photo Shoot Tips
When taking a picture, make sure the light is facing people in it. Having the light source at the back of the photographer will reduce the effects of shadowing in your picture. This angle will also help to make sure the check is very visible to the audience. Using a higher resolution camera will give you a better photo, so find someone with a high mega pixel camera (new smart phones work well too). Alert your local news that you are giving to a charity and if it is worth note, they will include it in the paper. Make sure you have a good picture and a list of names of who is in the picture, who is giving, and who is receiving the money. Lastly, remember to smile because you're changing someone's life.
In my personal experience of getting people together to make a big check photo shoot happen can be a challenging task. I had to get the newspaper to show up at the correct time. Then I had to get the person receiving the check to find time during the newspaper's hours. We ended up handing the check off at a bookstore (where the volunteer for the animal shelter worked) during the recipients work hours. It gained a lot of publicity for the people involved and the time spent organizing definitely paid off.
Should I use a dry erase?
If you will be using the big check multiple times, then yes and Dry Erase is available for most of our checks. We apply the lamination over the customized check design that you have created. It provides a glossy finish that does not allow the Dry Erase ink to penetrate and therefore can be wiped off. Liquid Chalk markers are also good to use and clean off better than dry erase.
Tell us the story behind your donation check
We are always interested about how your donation went and the story behind your presentation. If you would like to share, we would like to hear about it via e-mail after your presentation has happened. We will put a short story of your organization, along with the picture of your presentation in our photo gallery page.