How Great Website Design Drives Connection & Action

Getting Attention

Thanks to guest blogger Alex McLain, who designs engaging websites for nonprofits as a member of the Wired Impact team. Creating a new website for your nonprofit is a mind-boggling task. You’ve got a million questions reeling through your head throughout the process, but one of the key questions to consider is: “How important is the role of design in our website?” Here are 10 ways great visual design drives website impact : 1.

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Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design


Let me ask you a question: How does your organization''s website look? Happy with it

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5 Warning Signs Your Nonprofit Website Stinks

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you not getting enough donations or volunteers signing up through your website? Are you worried your nonprofit website could be better? How can you make a better website? So with these goals in mind, how can you tell if your nonprofit website stinks?

We’re Looking for a Graphic Designer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Please share this with your freelance graphic designer friends! Nonprofit Marketing Guide LLC is seeking a graphic designer for a variety of projects, including Graphics for email promotions, landing pages, and online advertising Iconography for sections of our website and various training frameworks Graphics and themes for PowerPoint decks Design and layout of e-books Our preferences are to work with a designer who is.

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Website Design: What’s In, What’s Out

Non Profit Marketing 360

Branded Out Loud, a blog about communications design, offers its list of what’s cool and what’s yesterday’s news on nonprofit websites, with plenty of visuals to make the point. Simple and clean design, infographics, directing viewers where to go, and more.

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It’s Today! Google Test Your Website

Getting Attention

If your website isn’t responsive or optimized for mobile devices, you should be worried. Websites that are optimized for mobile devices will receive the highest SEO rankings. If Your Website ISN’T Mobile-Friendly, Consider a Responsive Retrofit.

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New Website Design! What do you think?

Wild Woman Fundraising

So last summer, around July 4th, I built a new website with the help of Aries Labs. In the course of researching my book about social media, I found out about Google Heat Maps, and I thought, “I’d REALLY like to design my website around this idea too.” So I wanted my website to reflect all of this teaching, too. It was time to say goodbye to the old, organic design, and go with something slicker, and more professional. New Website Design!

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The challenges of nonprofit website design


This is a guest post written by Emma Wolfe, Content Marketing Growth Manager at Elevation, a full-service nonprofit web design agency. Rehauling your nonprofit’s website can be a scary undertaking, and while it might seem advantageous to cut budget corners and DIY the whole thing, we want everyone to first take a deep breath and wait. Design & Branding

Re-designing your nonprofit website and other things that are sent to try us

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever tried to redesign your nonprofit website? Here’s a quick checklist of things you need to get clear on before you redesign your nonprofit website, straight from the book, “Don’t Make Me Think&# by Paul Krug. Does this website make us look attractive to donors, funders and the community? What are some successful websites we could look at in terms of fundraising? Don’t assume you know how the donor is going to look at the website.

3 tips to dramatically increase website donations

Wild Woman Fundraising

When they come to your website, how can you help them take the leap and give to you? When I saw how they were putting the stories of each person they helped on their website, I knew that the multi-social service nonprofit I worked for should also make “modules&# of each program.

Dittmar Design Creates & Launches Client Website

Non Profit Marketing 360

NPM360 partner, Dittmar Design, recently developed and launched a website for a Northern Virginia property management company, WJD Management. The client website is a mobile responsive design built on the WordPress content management system and uses the latest Genesis framework to drive it. Dittmar Design is a Northern Virginia-based marketing and communications firm. Find out more about Dittmar Design here.

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You HAVE Your Killer App: Your Website

Getting Attention

Way back when , when social media was new-ish (let’s say 2007), I used this classic baseball analogy to illustrate how social media fit into the communications universe. 1) Website as home base, with email as pitcher (no hits without the pitcher).

Are you doing nonprofit graphic design on a shoestring?

Wild Woman Fundraising

They will make you look like you own one of those really fancy programs, or have access to a super expensive design firm. Online Tools for MORE nonprofit graphic design fun! here’s a full list of graphic design and art tools on google apps. Well, isn’t everyone?

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Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your nonprofit’s website hasn’t been a top priority, it’s time to change that. As more and more donors prefer to engage with nonprofits through digital channels, designing a stunning website is more important than ever. Design a mobile responsive site.

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Is Responsive Design the Right Mobile Strategy for Your Nonprofit?

Getting Attention

The buzzword “responsive” has been floating around the web design world for the past year or so, especially in mobile contexts. So, how do you know if responsive design is right for your organization? Your users are accessing your website during off-business hours.

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Responsible for Graphic Design, but Have No Real Training? Join us Tomorrow!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you have been tasked with creating graphics for your organization, but have little to no design training, then our next BRAND NEW webinar is for you! Using the Four Principles of Graphic Design to Create Images that Engage Audiences and Make Your Organization Look Good.

How to Hire a Graphic Designer or Design Firm Part 1: Where to Look

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This is Part 1 in a series of posts that Julia Reich will share with us about how to hire a graphic designer or design firm. Guest Post by Julia Reich, Julia Reich Design. If you’ve never worked with a designer before, the task can seem daunting. Julia Reich.

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Five "Don'ts" of Nonprofit Website Design

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Your nonprofit's website can be a powerful, strategic tool. When you boil it down, websites do not just sit on a server-they are action-oriented. And for the latter-in terms of raising money online-your website has the most potential with two groups of donors: new donors and impulse givers. When these newbies visit your website, what do they see? The number one thing to avoid when asking for donations on your website is to forget to make the ask!

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How to Hire a Graphic Designer or Design Firm / Part 2: What to Look For

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This is Part 2 in a series of posts that Julia Reich will share with us about how to hire a graphic designer or design firm. Guest Post by Julia Reich, Julia Reich Design. Aesthetics are surely subjective, but there are some standards that apply across the design discipline.

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#DESIGN: Is Your Nonprofit’s Logo Helping Your Cause?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Think of your organization’s logo as the visual handshake that greets the donor, the volunteer, the newcomer to your website. One useful set of bullet points that we found for considering a logo points out that the design should be: aesthetically pleasing.

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Ditch Your Nonprofit Website Slider or Carousel and Do This Instead

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We are planning to refresh our website design later in the year, but there’s one thing we decided to get rid of sooner than later: the image slider we had at the top of our homepage. Do Rotating Sliders Help or Hurt Your Website? Need some help designing your hero image?

Make Your Websites Friendly to Seniors (a.k.a. Donors)

Non Profit Marketing 360

But if both facts were that obvious, you would think people who know the side upon which their bread is buttered would work a little harder to make their websites easier for their primary beneficiaries to use. His study includes scores of specific design recommendations.

#DESIGN: How To Follow The Branding Guidelines Of Twitter

Non Profit Marketing 360

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the branding guide is that it points out that all those icons of the letter ‘t’ that populate websites all over the world are icons non gratas. And no. Birds of a feather?

Creating a Graphic Design Style Guide

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofit marketing can be an overwhelming job, but it’s one that you can make much easier by using a handful of simple tools, including a Graphic Design Style Guide. A graphic design style guide puts in writing all the various decisions you’ve made about how things should look both in print and online. Here are the kinds of decisions that should be on your graphic design style guide. 17 Designers Favorite Fonts. Graphic Design Publication Management

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Increasing Donations: The Essential Ingredients of Effective Nonprofit Web Design

Ann Green

Good web design is a bit like clean air. The same thing happens with nonprofits and design. But that’s the biggest – and to be fair – the easiest mistake to make, thinking that an effective design is also fancy. Good design has a purpose without it being obvious.

E-Newsletter Makeovers: 5 Easy Design Fixes

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are five easy design fixes that all revolve around making your e-newsletter as easy to read, as quickly as possible. I’m still surprised at how many e-newsletters I see that are really tough to read, simply because someone got a little carried away with the design.

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There’s a new virtual volunteer website in town

Wild Woman Fundraising

Kenita Pierce-Lewis, CEO of HOPE Inc, posted her annual report design to this site. Graphic Design for Nonprofits Marketing annual report And it’s called! You may have heard of.

Website em toda parte – Desenvolvendo para smartphones


Usando muito mais do 75% dos consumidores on-line tendo entrada a smartphones e tablets, e especialmente essencial de que seu website mesmo que compativel usando todos esses dispositivos para garantir de que o visitante possua uma base de clientes leal. Abaixo, listei alguns pontos importantes de que ajudarao voce a otimizar seu website para celular para aumentar a qualidade isso.

Do you really need to buy a planned giving website?


You don’t need to buy a planned giving website. For decades, nonprofit leaders and staff have been led to believe that planned giving is complicated while most planned gifts are made in the form of simple bequests or by beneficiary designation. I prefer not to call them websites.

Why Visitors Abandon Your Website (And How to Fix It)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Don’t let your website visitors get away! The website’s design had been created to mimic popular viral news sites like Buzzfeed. The thing was, this site was designed based on the instructions of the director. 1) Understand your audience and set clear website KPIs.

Does your website suck?

Get Fully Funded

If your website sucks, you may not be as successful as you’d like. I’ve looked at a lot of nonprofit websites. Many look as though they were thrown together at the last minute or were done in response to someone saying “We need a website.” Some are design nightmares – hard to read with too many fonts and too much text on each page. Here are some things you can do now to get your website up to snuff. Website/Internet

Before and After – This Website Redesign Lowered Bounce Rates Significantly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Your bounce rate is the percentage of visitors to your website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. It means you need to redesign your website! If our website was better…” My first year at Iona Senior Services, I heard this phrase more times than I can count.

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Is your charity website ready for Mobilegeddon?

Giving in a Digital World

Incase you missed the news, Google announced a few weeks ago that as from April 21 st its next search algorithm update would specifically punish sites that don’t have a mobile friendly design when users are searching using their mobile devices.

How to Get Your Website in Good Shape

Ann Green

Unlike social media, you control your website. How does your website fare? Make it an entryway to the rest of your website. Do you periodically survey your supporters to get feedback about your website? Is your website mobile-friendly?

Mobile Smack Down: Obama’s Responsive Design vs. Romney’s Mobile Site (and More)


From Google to Salesforce and now Facebook , more companies are going “mobile first” when it comes to designing and developing web products, services and features. Rhode Island also has a beautiful responsive design that follows suit. Responsive Design vs. a Mobile Site.

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Is Your Website in Good Shape?

Ann Green

As summer winds down and you start getting ready for year-end fundraising, you need to make sure your website is in good shape. How does your website fare? Make it an entryway to the rest of your website. Is your website mobile and tablet friendly?

3 Keys to Making Your Nonprofit Website Mobile Optimized

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If you''ve ever accessed the Internet from a smartphone, chances are good that you''ve had the unpleasant experience of trying to navigate a website full of tiny text and miniscule links. Communication that leads supporters to your website is important for connecting with your donors.

10 Helpful Fundraising Websites

Fundraiser Ideas

Following are 10 helpful fundraising websites. – PayPal is the leading payment-transferring website on the Internet. – Social networking can transform your fundraising from ordinary to extraordinary, which is why Facebook is one of our 10 helpful fundraising websites. Use this website to get the word out about your fundraising efforts. Your fundraising website will be more successful if you use the SEO tools taught on this site.

8 Tips for a Mobile-Friendly Nonprofit Website

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The mobile Web is rapidly becoming a key way to communicate your message to donors; it’s important that your nonprofit website isn’t giving them a bad impression. . Try these best practices to help optimize your nonprofit website for mobile use and make your pages smartphone friendly: 1.

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How to Plan a New Website Without Your Head Exploding

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your website is stuck in the past, it may be time for an upgrade. Planning a brand new website for the OEC overwhelms me when I think about it as a whole. For that website, and this one, my role is project manager, responsible for moving the website from idea to launch.

Three Mission Minded-Designed Websites Launched

Mission Minded

We’re proud to announce the recent launch of three websites designed by Mission Minded! The new website includes a bright, clean, and easy-to-navigate user interface that uses contemporary colors and fonts to help communicate: “Yes! ” SFMade’s redesigned website also offers an improved, Salesforce-integrated job listings page , where manufacturers and skilled artists can search for their next working partnerships.

National Wildlife Federation Puts Base to Work to Design Website that Works FOR Them

Getting Attention

So I was pleased to see the National Wildlife Federation 's recent audience-based approach to designing a more useful and engaging Web site. NWF's approach, described here in detail, centers around inviting its supporters and others in its network to provide feedback on what want in the new NWF site -- from content, to design, to functionality from event registration to live chats. Tags: Audience Research Case Studies High-Impact Websites Nonprofit Communications

Does Your Website Need a Tune Up?

Ann Green

When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your website? As summer winds down, and we start getting ready for year-end fundraising, you want to make sure your website is up-to-date, easy to read and navigate,welcoming, and audience-centered. How does your website fare?