Certificate of Appreciation

Recognizing employees, volunteers, students, and even (sometimes) bosses for their hard work is a fundamental building block to creating healthy working relationships. Whether the words of appreciation come with a bonus, are given at a ceremony, or are simply said at a daily meeting, including a certificate of appreciation will give the recipient a lasting memento to remind them of the work they’ve done, the thanks they’ve received, and the positive effects they’ve had on the people around them.

Why Use a Certificate of Appreciation?

Whether you want to say thanks to your team after the completion of a long project, show grateful appreciation at a daily meeting to a stellar performer, or have included them as part of a larger program of excellence, giving certificates of appreciation is an excellent way to increase team cohesiveness, work-life balance, and productivity. Here are some examples:

  • Workplace Cohesion and Improved Performance – Studies show the positive effects of appreciation at work. For example, a 2007 study by Bakker, Hakanen, Demerouti, and Xanthopoulou found that, “Of all the job resources tested [including supervisor support, innovativeness, appreciation, and organizational climate], appreciation appeared to be the strongest predictor of all work engagement dimensions.” In this study, feeling appreciated helped teachers in highly stressful classrooms stay motivated and keep their interactions with problematic students positive.
  • Achieving Work-Life Balance – A study by Dr. Gary L. Bowen, Dean and Kenan Distinguished Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showed that support given by supervisors can decrease “perceptions of work spillover [into home life], which is a preventive effect, and enhances perceptions of external adaptation, which is a therapeutic effect.” When taken with the context of the study by Bakker, et al, this implies that the appreciation shown for workers and volunteers may be a strong predictor of how well employees feel they achieve a work-life balance.
  • Non-Profit Organizations – If you run a not-for-profit organization, then you may have many wonderful, hard working people who have volunteered their time or expertise to your cause. As discussed by the For Purpose Law Group, thanking people who freely offer their help can be tricky. Gift cards, even of the amount of $25 or less, are taxable income that requires the volunteer to report them on their taxes, and requires the organization to make FICA payments. But saying thanks is important. Certificate of appreciation, gift certificate, or an appreciation letter can help bridge the gap between saying nothing and giving your volunteers—the people who help your organization run—a keepsake that they’ll cherish for years to come.

How to Use Certificates of Appreciation

When using certificates of appreciation, especially to thank employees or volunteers, consider these best practices:

  • Be sincere. Employees want to feel appreciated. They don’t want the appearance of being thanked; they want to be genuinely thanked.
  • Consider creating an excellence program in which certificates of achievement play a part. Studies have shown that “if an organization’s recognition program is well structured and effective, it will be a key building block” of its human resources department.
  • Value workers, not numbers. Studies show that employees who feel appreciated will perform better. However, employees who feel they are being insincerely thanked in order to improve a bottom line will not feel appreciated. Instead, they may feel their emotions are being toyed with.
  • Use daily or weekly staff meetings as opportunities to give any kind of achievement award, including certificates of appreciation. But don’t overdo it. Creating a schedule in which somebody is presented with an award every week or month means that sometimes awards will be given when they aren’t deserved. Only giving awards when they have been earned will help people recognize your sincerity.
  • Be sure to have a few words prepared that include details of the recipient’s achievement. For example, if you are appreciating a person for thirty years of service, then be sure to know some of the finer points, such as in what month they started, who hired them, when did you first meet them, etc.

Free Certificate of Appreciation



Getting started with free appreciation templates is easy. Simply choose from among the printable certificate templates below, fill in the details, and print. If you are at a loss of what to write, please see some ideas for appreciation wording or 101 effective words to use in recognition. Don’t forget to choose and use paper of the appropriate quality. Standard paper can be a good choice, but also consider colored paper or even thicker, higher quality paper stock.

Blank Certificate of Appreciation

Blank Certificate of Appreciation
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Employee Appreciation Certificate

Employee Appreciation Certificate
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Sample Certificate of Appreciation

Sample Certificate of Appreciation
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Sample Of Certificates Of Appreciation Template

Sample Of Certificates Of Appreciation Template
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Appreciation For Donation Certificate

Appreciation For Donation Certificate
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Certificate of Appreciation for Donation Example

Certificate of Appreciation for Donation Example
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Certificate of Appreciation for Donation

Certificate of Appreciation for Donation
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Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation

Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation
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