5 Design Techniques That Will Increase the Lifespan of Your Nonprofit’s Website

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Crystal Dionysopoulou is the founder and Creative Director of Lucid Fox , a dynamic web design and development agency that puts people first. While these techniques can’t change the past, here are some design ideas to help your organization adjust and optimize your website in the future.

Phase I: Do Web 2.0 Phase 2: ??? Phase 3: Profit!!! | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Internet , Nonprofit 2.0 , Strategy , nptech Phase I: Do Web 2.0 Phase 2: ??? Phase 3: Profit!!! 12.18.06 | 161 1 Comment [link] Phase+I%3A+Do+Web+2.0+Phase+2%3A+%3F%3F%3F+Phase+3%3A+Profit%21%21%21 Phase+2%3A+%3F%3F%3F+Phase+3%3A+Profit%21%21%21 2006-12-18+06%3A19%3A57 Allan+Benamer Those of you who were there when the first Web bubble burst have known to love the Gnome business plan as presented in the picture to the left.

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TechSoup’s New Site Design

Robert Weiner

This is Phase 1 and only affects the home page--most links take you to pages on the old site, with a the old design and the old navigation. TechSoup's description of the project recognizes this issue: What you see today, Phase 1, offers several key improvements: An easier-to-use redesigned home page, An upgraded search function, An improved search results page, and. While these upgrades should improve your experience on the site, the phased approach also has its challenges.

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2021 Fundraising Ideas Designed To Help You Raise More This Year


If your organization isn’t in a growth phase this year (and let’s be honest, most of us aren’t), you can still point to specific needs. The post 2021 Fundraising Ideas Designed To Help You Raise More This Year appeared first on Kindful.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 6: Solution Design

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the final installment in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Solution Design is the technical planning phase where we define how the back end of the website should function. All of the steps up to this point have been focused on how your website visitors experience your site and this phase is focused on the administrator experience. Designing the authoring form that administrators will use to create items of each content type.

Nonprofit Web Design Process: Summary

Connection Cafe

I recently published the last post in my series about the nonprofit web design process and thought it would be helpful to have a final summary for the entire series. Content Strategy : How the content inventory and audit serve as the foundation for the content strategy and a description of other deliverables that we might produce during this phase. Solution Design : Defining the technical configuration details of the site in preparation for build.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 5: Visual Design

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the tenth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. The visual design details the final look and feel of the website. Purposes for the Visual Design phase include: Agreeing on a creative vision and personality for the web presence. The visual design really begins with the brand of the organization. Typically we create visual designs in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Visual Design [this post]. Solution Design.

How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

Beth Kanter

Designing the meeting so it is effective and encourages team-building can be tricky. How to Design an Effective Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life – Guest Post by Karen Axelson from ETR. The planners of this event offered some valuable lessons for any organization on how to design effective and engaging retreats. Developed by ETR in 2014, this is a research-based approach for designing and delivering skill-building trainings.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4b: Wireframes

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the ninth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. It’s best to get buy-in on wireframes first so we can truly focus on creative look and feel during the visual design phase of the project. Purposes for the Wireframes include: Creating a structure for key pages and page templates that will be used to guide the visual design. These are the basic wireframes you’ll need to provide for the visual design to commence.

Responsive Design for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Connection Cafe

When we design a nonprofit site, creating a responsive design is almost always a requirement. Not only does responsive design make sense for your org’s main web presence, it makes sense for your peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) websites too. So what does responsive design for P2P look like? As we worked with this terrific organization to create the site, we integrated the responsive design requirement throughout our entire process: 1. Designs for each Break-point.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2e: Personas

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the sixth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. When they’re based on solid user research, personas can be great tools for helping your design team and internal stakeholders truly understand your audiences. Encourage empathy for constituents when making design and/or content decisions for your website. Visual Design. Solution Design. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the seventh in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Quote from Kristina Halvorson) It’s an essential step in the Web Design process that’s often overlooked or skimped upon. Here at Blackbaud, we do our best to start our design recommendations with content so that our clients are thinking about content very early in the process. This phase is where the new web presence starts to take shape with a Sitemap and Wireframes.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The Web’s Next Phase


Home • About Us Mission Team News Partners Careers • Services Overview Interactive Marketing Video Web Design and Development • Clients Clients List Client Login • Resources Overview Events YouTube for Nonprofits Guide to Online Video Video FAQs Our Blog • Contact POSTED BY Michael Hoffman NOV 21, 2007 The Web’s Next Phase I feel that we are on the verge of a lot of changes on the web.

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How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement.

Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

Connection Cafe

Deliberately, meaningfully, and thoughtfully designing an organization’s culture can help people and teams rally around new technology. So, how do we design a team culture to do that? Four Main Focuses When Designing a Transformative Culture: How we direct ourselves and measure value. Here are key ways you can move to the next phase: Perform a CRM Health Check.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2b: Surveys and Interviews

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the third in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Usually the internal stakeholders have enough knowledge about the demographic make-up of their constituency to get me what I need for design. Knowing that the population is older may affect the design somewhat but knowing male vs. female or income ranges simply aren’t necessary to me so I opt to leave them out. Visual Design. Solution Design.

Design and Build It, Maybe Even Launch It One Day

Allegiance Group

A common occurrence in our web development work is that we finish the design, development, and deployment on time, but once we close in on the official launch date, things become delayed as the client continues to revise and add to the website’s content. Once the content begins to be entered into the CMS and take form within the context of the website design and structures, it becomes evident that what worked well in a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file just does not fit well on the website.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2a: Analytics Data as User Research

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the second in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. This post is about how we incorporate Google Analytics data into our Design Process. It’s typically the first step in our User Research phase, providing a good overview of the visitors to a nonprofit website and how they behave on the site. To establish benchmarks for measuring success of our design efforts. Visual Design. Solution Design.

How’s Your Project Going? – Metrics for Development Builds | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

At the development phase, after intensive iterative rounds of creative and functional decisions with a tangible sense of back and forth, the client puts their faith in their consultant. But those demarcations make the most sense during discovery or design estimates. Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

Creating a Fundraising Culture in Your Nonprofit

Greater Giving

While each nonprofit is different and each donor relationship has its own intricacies, there are three general phases that define the donor journey: cultivating, soliciting, and promoting stewardship, and in each phase, there is the opportunity to promote a strong fundraising culture.

We Launched a Product Feedback Group to Help Us Create Better Products


We call this the ‘product discovery phase’. Once a design has been mocked up, it’s time to run a usability test. We're always looking for ways to incorporate user feedback in our product development process. That’s why we’re launching the Product Feedback Group , to connect EveryAction users directly with our product team. Product Feedback Group members will receive email invites to various research studies including interviews, usability tests, surveys, and more.

April Fools’ Day! + A Real Update about Our Website Redesign


From a design perspective, we’ve taken advice from our Community and will be enhancing the reader experience for our three flagship publication areas: the monthly Connect Newsletter, quarterly NTEN: Change journal, and research reports, making it easy to access and read on a mobile device, browse through other content, and check out other articles on related topics. One final note on the upcoming redesign is that this is only the first phase of the project.

3 Steps to Finding the Right Technology Vendor for Your Nonprofit


Just remember, if the numbers are saying one thing and your gut is saying another, go back and review your designations to make sure that they truly reflect the level of your priorities. To avoid getting stuck in the decision phase because you’re lost in a mountain of information about software features and capabilities, use a spreadsheet like the template that we have created to organize and analyze that information effectively.

10 Strategies for Segmenting Donors for Communication

Greater Giving

When donors become part of your community, they typically move through five phases of involvement, landing on the one that best suits their level of commitment. New donors begin at the “Awareness” phase when they are gathering information about your mission and nonprofit.

Beyond Survival: Post-Disruption Nonprofit Digital Strategy


Here’s how Solis views the three phases of where we’ve been and where we’re headed: BC = Before COVID. Now the only thing normal about the phase we’re in is everyone is in this same transitional space, focused on politics, new social behaviors, and the associated socioeconomics.

What’s a Persona?

Connection Cafe

Personas in the Design Process. My job at Blackbaud is to help nonprofits design things. Whether it’s a full-scale website, an event fundraising site, a donation form or a mobile email template, our design process usually goes something like this: Stakeholder Discovery. Visual Design. Each phase will vary a lot depending on the type of project, timeline, budget, etc. To put it simply, a persona is a fictional representation of one of your constituents.

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Professional Options for the Right Project Management

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

And on the other hand, only by analyzing and documenting the overall design of the project can a discussion with management that has a probability of success be established.

Best Practice Guide to Purposeful Website Wireframes

Connection Cafe

According to Wikipedia, a wireframe is a “visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website” If you’re going through a design project, you’ll likely see wireframes after a user research phase and possibly a sitemap phase. It’s where the information architect or designer takes pen to paper and starts sketching out actual pages of the website.

GUIDE: How To Adopt A Customer-Centric Approach In Your Pro Bono Technology Project

Global Giving

A new supplement to “ Transforming Technology Pro Bono ,” a publication from the VMware and Taproot Foundations, is designed to help. Studies show that investing in the discover and design phases with a customer can result in going to market 2x faster with 50% fewer bugs or defects.

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3 Steps to Write a Stellar Nonprofit Development Plan


This way, everyone in your organization will be on the same page about what needs to be done during the fundraising phase of your development plan. Even if you think this phase could waste potential time in the future, proper communication often pays off tenfold.

Webinar Recap: What to Expect When You're Expecting: A Website Development Project


The path from initial planning to the successful launch of a well designed, functional website is long and full of twists. Fortunately for us, Ryan Ozimek and Tim Forbes have broken down the website development project into 8 clear phases, covered in our recent webinar " What to Expect When You're Expecting: A Website Development Project ". Those phases are: Internal Planning. Design.

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Philanthropy Cloud Adds New Volunteer Management Capabilities for National Volunteer Week

Saleforce Nonprofit

In 2008, the Points of Light Foundation and the Salesforce Foundation conceived HandsOn Connect — a native Salesforce application designed specifically to make volunteering easier for employees and nonprofits — in a series of whiteboard sessions in San Francisco.

Arts Organizations Digital Strategies Master Class and Train the Trainers

Beth Kanter

This is a continuation of my work with TBA over the past 3-4 years. The first year I experimented with a peer design that included face-to-face workshops, action learning projects, and monthly calls back in 2010 called ArtsLab. The first phase was an intensive “ Digi-Strat ” boot camp last month. Each company will identify a specific, goal; design an experiment to meet that goal using one or more social media platforms; run their experiment; and then assess the results.

Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

Beth Kanter

I tested out the five phases of falling in love with measurement. Given the topic was measurement, I couldn’t help but go a little meta and play with incorporating learning analytics into the instruction. This blog post shares some insights about those two somewhat disconnected ideas. Training DesignI Love Social Media Measurement. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Knight Foundation Launches The Giving Day Play Book

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Most of my work over the last twenty years in nonprofit technology has been focused on designing and facilitating capacity building projects, specifically training and peer learning projects that help participants successfully learn and apply skills using online technology, social media, networks, measurement, training design or other topic. Capacity Free Agent Training Design

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How to Do Year-End Fundraising the Right Way (Part III)

The Fundraising Authority

Answer all of these questions and design a theme for your year-end giving campaign that you will use consistently throughout your 3-6 week year-end fundraising effort. The second phase of your year-end giving campaign is to warm-up your donors by introducing them to your theme and your need. This phase will constitute the “meat” of your year-end fundraising campaign. Welcome to the third and final article in our three-part series on year-end fundraising.

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10 Instagram Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

First, make sure that your nonprofit uses a well-designed, visually-striking profile photo a.k.a. Third, if your nonprofit regularly shares stories on Instagram, make a strong first impression by creating custom Highlight covers using a graphic design tool or a mobile app.

Your First Web Build Project: 5 Steps for Success

DNL OmniMedia

Why Work With A Development Agency to Complete Your Web Design Project. Before we dive into the steps your team can take to set your web design project up for success, let’s answer a few frequently asked questions that your nonprofit might have about this project.

If Google were a nonprofit, what would its website look like?

Connection Cafe

The point is that there is tremendous opportunity for nonprofits to adopt similar principles – Design a website experience that delivers on the purpose of your nonprofit. Beautiful minimalist design that displays the purpose, achievements, proof points and the ask in a very clean and simple manner. This cheerful, inviting design and clean navigation across the bottom does a great job of putting the emphasis on supporting Hillside. Web Design

The Ultimate Guide to the Google Ad Grant: 2020 Edition

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Currently, this happens in two phases. After this first phase is approved, the second phase is building out a basic Google Ads account, and submitting that for approval.

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Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively. One of the networks I’m supporting are the grantees in the Friending the Finish Line strategy. As with all the capacity building projects that I’ve designed, it is based on a framework and theory of change.

Facebook Ad Strategy for Non-Profits & Charities: 9 Things to Understand and Test

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Jean is also a freelance consultant who works on digital strategy, marketing and design for non-profits. By Jean O’Brien , founder of Digital Charity Lab , a social enterprise that builds digital skills in non-profits and shares free learning resources.

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Relaunching: A place for conversations, content, and more!

Amy Sample Ward

First off, a huge thank you to Matt Cheuvront , the designer who made all of this happen! As part of practicing what I preach, I wanted to recap the process Matt and I used for this redesign to offer to you as just one of the many options for engaging with a designer and a community. Phase 1: Finding a Designer. For me, I wanted to find a designer that was already part of the community or larger network that I am. Phase 2: Identifying Goals, Needs, Direction.

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