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Digital Giving Expert
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Registered: ‎04-15-2011

Nonprofit 911: Speed Consulting -- Sites that Rock

Here's a review of the sites we pulled out as good examples, along with our experts' comments. We hope you find these helpful as you consider optimizing your organization's online home.

 

Organization: Safe Place

 

safe place

 

 

Expert Comments:

 

 

  • Clear tagline of what they do/what they’re trying to go
  • Great image- relatable and compelling
  • Photos don’t seem canned despite the sensitive topic of the organization
  • Speaks to all personas- fast facts (donors/clients), cars (donors), request info and tour (clients)
  • Content is compelling
  • One possible problem: "Mystery meat" in the navigation (not super compelling to get them to click through)

 

 

Digital Giving Expert
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Re: Nonprofit 911: Speed Consulting -- Sites that Rock

Organization: Capital Area Food Bank

 

capital area foodbank

 

Expert Comments:

 

  • Image is awesome and encompasses mission -- great example

Two issues:

  • Mission statement is a bit boring, but you could make it more about feeding families
  • Not an easy signup


 

 

Digital Giving Expert
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Re: Nonprofit 911: Speed Consulting -- Sites that Rock

Organization: Austin Pets Alive

 

 

austin pets alive

 

Expert Comments:

 

  • Clear tagline to tell people what they do
  • Gets away without having rotating pictures
  • 3 distinct things you can do
  • Content is fresh
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Re: Nonprofit 911: Speed Consulting -- Sites that Rock

This site does have a rotating slideshow.  Smiley Happy

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Re: Nonprofit 911: Speed Consulting -- Sites that Rock

Stock photos vs real photos?  My nonprofit is a social service agency that is a large umbrella covering many things: parenting programs, mentoring, domestic and sexual abuse, substance abuse prevention.  Because of privacy, we can't show clients of domestic and sexual abuse, but they are out biggest heartstring.  We do have a homepage slideshow with photos of community interaction mixed with advertising of latest campaigns.  Would a stock photo of an abused woman seem disconnected?

 

Also, I have read where people want to be part of a winning team, and your website needs to look like a winner.  Pictures need to show triumphs.  So do I go with heart-pulling, down-out sad pictures , or the "winner" approach with happy, smiling people?

 

-IT Jane

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Re: Nonprofit 911: Speed Consulting -- Sites that Rock

Hello IT-Jane! 

 

Great question and I know this comes up a lot for organizations like yours. When privacy/sensitivity is a concern, you definitely want to be careful. That said I think you have a few options that could work. I think the key is using good photography vs. generic stock images that clearly don't resonate. That is, I think you could use photos that aren't necessarily of your clients *if* they feel personal and connected to your message.

 

Another thing to consider is to put a call out to any of your volunteers or success stories that might be willing to lend a hand to be photographed. While many may not want to do this, there might be a few that would be open to sharing their success to help tell the story for others who may also benefit (as well as for donors).

 

You bring up another great point: negative vs. positive imagery. In this case, I do lean toward using a more positive image, (like mentioning a success story), but I think you have to go with what you feel is going to be the most compelling issue for the story you're trying to tell. Jeff Brooks recently posted some thoughts on this that might help you think about this from a different perspective: http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com/future-fundraising/2011/06/images-that-work-in-fundraising.html 

 

I look forward to hearing how others have tackled this challenge and I hope you'll share what you decide and how your pages are coming along!

 

Best regards,

 

Caryn D. Stein
Online Community Strategist
Network for Good