8 Non-Profit Website Tools That Really Work

It's true that your website should be a reflection of your organization's goals and audience, but there are a few proven tools that we suggest again and again because they simply work. They make a more interactive website. They drive more support. They deliver information most efficiently. I happen to be right, but you don't have to take my word for it. I ran a check against some of best top non-profit websites out there – the ones that were official nominees for the 14th annual Webby awards - to see what tools they had on their homepages. Here are the top eight and why they work so well. Keep reading and you'll see the breakdown for Teenage Cancer Trust, ASPCA, One, SocialVibe and The Nature Conservancy.

Search

There's only so much information you can cram onto your homepage. Search provides a way for website users to tap into your reservoir of information.

Donate button

You've got to earn money, and people want to give it. Don't stand in their way.

Newsletter

Establish a regular newsletter and then encourage people to sign up. This way you can remind them that you exist and that what you do matters.

Slide show

Slide shows are an efficient way to display evocative, image-based content in a confined space.

Blog

Blogs not only keep your constituency informed of what you're doing, but they also help fill your website with content. That gives search engines more to latch onto, and therefore drive more people to your website.

Social media plug-in

Whether you have an initiative on Facebook or Twitter or some other social networking platform, bring it into your website. It serves as a cross-promotional element and gives people other ways to interact with you.

Featured stories

Websites can go stale quickly, but a list of featured stories or news items can keep it fresh. Here are the tools those top five non-profits are using on their websites. Look familiar?

Teenage Cancer Trust

  • Search
  • Donate button
  • Slide show
  • Latest news
  • Newsletter
  • Directory/support network

ASPCA

  • Search
  • Join now button
  • Donate button
  • Newsletter
  • Highlighted stories
  • Online shop
  • Social media accounts

One

  • Join now button
  • Search
  • Slide show
  • Newsletter
  • Blog
  • Social media accounts

SocialVibe

  • Slide show
  • Newsletter
  • Facebook link
  • Twitter feed
  • Blog

The Nature Conservancy

  • Search
  • Newsletter
  • Slide show
  • Interactive map
  • Social share
  • Social media accounts

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