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5 Website Design tips for Nonprofits

Many nonprofits suffer from low budgets. But there are many things you can do incrementally to quickly improve your website’s effectiveness.

Make the site User-Friendly

Just as with any site, nonprofits should follow the basic guidelines for web design. Ease of access and navigation are as important as visual aesthetics. It is also important to make the site media friendly, an easy information site for journalists. Contact information should be accessible and downloadable images can help with cohesive media coverage.

Good Content Informs and Energizes

The organization’s main purpose should be immediately apparent. Why should the user be donating or volunteering? It is important to list out the goals of the organization ahead of time and work with these priorities as guidelines. Some organizations have different departments and people heading those departments.

About the Author: Michael Flint

Michael founded Metropolis Creative in 1999. He is currently an instructor at Northeastern University and has also taught at Bentley College. Speaking engagements include The Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Mass Health Data Consortium, and The Enterprise Center. Michael holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and has won numerous design awards. Michael actively supports the entrepreneurial and startup community by participating as a mentor with MITX-Up and is e member of OpenHub. He also runs the annual Extreme Website Makeover event which supports local startups and non-profit organizations. When not at work, Michael enjoys painting, brewing beer, and playing hockey.

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