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WSU Kitsap Extension

WSU Kitsap Extension

Many apologies for the deafening silence on the news page of Abell Smith Design these days. Here I say I’m expanding my blog posts, and I go dark for a couple months! It’s for a nice reason, though – I’ve been crazy busy lately! The bulk of my work has been for Washington State University Kitsap Extension, who do work on various programs involving small farms, agriculture, gardening, gleaning, water stewardship, nutrition, 4H, and other areas. Glad to work on so many admirable causes!

It’s gonna be a weird Apple Cup this year though, since I’m a Husky…

Common Nonprofit Website Issues vs. Broader Organizational Challenges

Common Nonprofit Website Issues vs. Broader Organizational Challenges

As a web developer who has made it a priority to help nonprofits and advocacy groups pursue their missions, I am always on the lookout for articles and stats that may underscore the value of a great website for those groups. Wired Impact is a great resource for nonprofits seeking information on redesigning their websites, and this article is a good roundup of some of the specific considerations that often get neglected by organizations when it comes to their sites. Among these considerations are color contrasts, ease of navigation, performance/speed issues, image quality, having effective calls to action, and making sure the site is responsive for mobile devices.

However, it might be easy to guess the reason for WHY these issues get neglected — they are just not as important as the everyday work required for a nonprofit to effectively further its cause.

Link: 25 Nonprofit Website Musts

Link: 25 Nonprofit Website Musts

That’s a lot of “musts!” Best list of this sort that I’ve seen in a while…

Attractive, modern, fully functional websites are mandatory for nonprofits that want to be successful online. Each stakeholder — including donors (individual, corporate or potential), volunteers, potential grant decision-makers, the press and partners — has different needs, but all share the common expectation that when they arrive at your website, they’ll be able to quickly find what they’re looking for.

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