Professional, bespoke website design to highlight your organisation's goals, programmes, services, and ways in which your visitors can contribute.
Charity website design on a budget
My name is David, and I design and build websites for charities, NGOs, non-profit organisations, social enterprises and other socially-minded organisations on a tight budget — whether based in the UK or internationally.
By utilising freely-available resources such as WordPress, and hand-coding rather than relying on expensive website design packages, I keep overheads to a minimum whilst producing elegant charity website designs featuring:
Search engine optimised (SEO) code and user-friendly layout
Stream-lined, customised Content Management System (CMS)
Easy posting of your latest news, embedding of YouTube or Vimeo videos, and events calendars.
Why focus on websites for charities?
Having worked and volunteered for a number of charities and non-profits, I know first-hand how restricted budgets, lack of resources and limited technical expertise can mean that creating a professional and easy-to-update charity website design is often out of reach for small- to medium-sized organisations.
Yet your charity website is usually the first port of call for people wanting to know more about what you do, or how they could contribute to your work. Moreover, through proper use of website visitor statistics, you can analyse the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns.
By integrating your existing social network and media accounts — such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Vimeo — into your website design, you can automatically spread the word about your latest news and upcoming events to all of your followers.
With fifteen years' experience in quality website design, and my unique insight into the needs and capabilities of your organisation, I can create a bespoke, affordable website that highlights your charity work, increases your reach across social networks, and encourages donations.
The Central London branch of the Samaritans desired a website which reflected the branding of the national Samaritans, while maintaining their own identity.
The Samaritans' distinctive font was embedded in the design to provide instant brand recognition.
Central London Samaritans Website Design Details
The Central London branch of the Samaritans, a registered charity in its own right, wanted a website which reflected the national branding of the Samaritans, while still retaining an element of individuality.
Their existing website ran on WordPress, with which the staff were comfortable and familiar, so the new design was built as a WordPress theme in order eliminate the need for busy staff to learn an entirely new system.
The bespoke theme was created with flexibility and customisation in mind, to allow for the possibility of other Samaritans branches also using the theme.
This local Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre relies on donations to fund its services. With a clear, minimalist colour palette inspired by their official logo, we draw immediate attention to their donation page.
An introductory video, hosted on YouTube, opens in a "lightbox" directly over the homepage, without redirecting to another page.
An uncluttered design provides maximum legibility, responsive to user-defined text size settings.
By creating bespoke types of posts — News, Events, etc. — and removing all superfluous features, the WordPress interface provides a clear and intuitive method for updating the website, without overwhelming non-technical staff.
Harrow MS Therapy Centre Website Design Details
The Harrow MS Therapy Centre, a registered charity, required a website through which to advertise fundraising events, post their latest news, promote their services, and not least, encourage online donations.
Their busy staff required a simple-to-use system which allowed them to quickly and easily post new content that automatically updates corresponding pages on the site.
By significantly paring-down and customising the WordPress system, updates to the website require just three main components — title, text, and featured image — resulting in uncluttered admin screens and an efficient workflow.
The clean and simple design of the front page features a slideshow which automatically updates with the latest news items as and when they are added.
The searchable publications database highlights the most popular items and provides clear links to different categories of publication.
An embedded map, using the quality services of MapBox, highlights key project areas.
Elegant drop-down navigation menus provide easy access to key areas of the website; complimentary sidebar menus automatically display items in the current sub-section.
The INBAR social network allows members to share thoughts, photos, videos and links with each other, and partake in group discussions on a variety of topics.
Clearly-laid-out news items include a simple form on the sidebar inviting visitors to subscribe to the e-newsletter. Categories, breadcrumbs and previous/next-item links allow the reader to easily navigate to other news items of interest.
Customised additions to the user interface allow easy creation of specific postings such as job listings and staff & board member profiles.
INBAR Website Design Details
The brief from this intergovernmental organisation was to create a respected, informative website on bamboo and rattan, to be the primary communications platform to market INBAR. It was to be user-centric, characterised by simplicity of design and ease of navigation.
The organisation produces a large number of publications, and thus required a powerful publications database, allowing visitors to easily search for and download from its extensive back catalogue. Branding and design themes from its recent publications was used to inspire the website colour palette and styling of the navigation menus.
The website also features its own members-only social network, connecting people working or wanting to work on bamboo and rattan throughout the world. Members can share status updates, photos, video links, private and public messages, and partake in group discussions on a variety of topics.
The home page immediately highlights core programmes through an effective slideshow of collages and descriptive text.
The entire website is bilingual, with layout and images preserved throughout.
Prominent donation and social networking links on every page encourage visitors to contribute to, and engage with, Hua Dan's work.
Hua Dan relies on volunteers to assist with its efforts; a custom volunteer application form embedded into the website allows visitors to sign up immediately, and provides Hua Dan with key information on how to best use the skills of volunteers.
Website translation is handled through the powerful WPML system. New articles are automatically assigned to designated translators of the appropriate languages.
Hua Dan Website Design Details
This up-and-coming Chinese social enterprise required a website that was easy to update, fully bilingual (English/Chinese), and sympathetic to the technical challenges of maintaining a website which loads quickly for visitors both inside Mainland China and overseas.
A searchable events archive, with upcoming events automatically listed on the front page, was crucial to this non-profit, improvisational theatre group.
Glowing effects bring the logo and menus to life, suggesting stage lights.
The clearly-laid-out archive of articles in the media lends legitimacy to the group, and can be easily updated with the latest articles, as and when they appear.
Beijing Improv Website Design Details
Beijing Improv, a non-profit improvisational theatre group, required a website to highlight their upcoming performances and festivals, being professional and classic while reflecting the warmth and laughter for which they are known.
A freely-available events management system was intgrated into the website, and a custom media archive feature was added to enable easy display and linking of external articles about Beijing Improv.
A selection of background images highlight fun scenes from past performances as the visitor browses the website.
If you are interested in hiring me to design a website for your charity, non-profit, school, social enterprise or similarly socially-minded organisation, please get in touch.