Website Design for Non-Profit Organizations

Website Design for Non-Profit Organizations

Website Design for Non-Profits.

We’re more than your average web designers. We have decades of experience in design and SEO that we weave into every non-profit website we create.

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Responsive Web Design

Our website design agency’s non-profit website design examples range from community groups to national organizations across Canada and the United States.

Web Development

Our team of expert web developers works closely with our web designers to bring custom non-profit websites to life using the latest web technologies.

Custom WordPress

The best non-profit website designs are flexible, optimized for search and easy to manage. We specialize in custom WordPress website design to power your organization.

Search Engine Optimization

Engaging non-profit web design is only half the battle. Crafting a search engine-optimized site for your organization is crucial to communicating effectively.

Brand Identity

From custom logo design through branded presentations and marketing collateral, our branding experts will help your brand stand head and shoulders above the crowd.

Graphic Design

Beautiful hand-made professional graphic design for websites, branding and print materials. Our graphic designers have woven their experience into every project to drive our client’s success.

Custom website design for non-profits since 2003.

Our web design company is trusted by some of North America’s most prominent non-profit brands from SickKids Hospital to The JUNO Awards. We continue to set the bar defining the best non-profit website design across Canada and the US by crafting beautiful, engaging websites that drive successful results.

Our not-for-profit clients rely on our time-tested experience to conceptualize and execute their digital marketing goals.

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An award winning web design agency for non-profits.

Over the last two decades, we’ve won our share of awards.

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It was critical for our website to serve as a foundation for our growing brand and to communicate our message quickly and effectively on all of today’s devices. Parachute guided us through the process from start to finish and delivered a beautiful solution on time and on budget.

Timothy Jones,General Manager, Boomerang Health powered by SickKids

The personal approach, attention to detail, responsiveness and the team’s willingness to listen to our needs were the most impressive aspects of working with Parachute. Jay and his team offered suggestions and worked collaboratively with our team when we had new ideas or adjustments to our project plan. I was very impressed with the design of the website from start to finish – they took the time to research our industry and the nature of our sector to give us a truly beautiful new website for our organization.

Warren Pot,Director of Communications, L'Arche Canada

Parachute is a real pleasure to work with. We’ve thrown a few projects their way with limited time and budget, and they’ve been able to make magic happen. I’d recommend their work to anyone looking for a reliable web team with a creative eye.

Danielle Sanford,Digital Media Manager, The JUNO Awards

The thoroughness with which Parachute approached the strategy behind the project stood out. I wanted to be challenged by a design team on certain decisions, and they did that. Finishing on time and on budget, the initial impact of the work has our KPIs are up 18%–20% already. Certain components of the site that Parachute enhanced for us are up closer to 50%. We’re thrilled about these gains, and we look forward to continuing our relationship.

Cyrus Irani,Director of Digital Strategy

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Learn more about our best practices for non-profit website design and how Parachute Design can help your organization grow with a quick 15-minute call.

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Elevate Your Organization with Hand-crafted Non-Profit Website Design

Understanding non-profit website design is key to advancing your mission online. Our expertise in website design for nonprofit organizations is built on more than 20 years of experience in crafting beautiful interfaces that express the organization’s story effectively, engaging donors, and optimizing for growth—all with the goal of maximizing impact without overwhelming readers with jargon or tech-speak.

How Our Experience Helps Non-Profits Achieve Online Success

The JUNO Awards

Go backstage with our Toronto web design agency for an all-access pass to our website design overhaul and strategic planning behind the new JUNO Awards website.

  • UX Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Art Direction & Consulting
  • Custom WordPress Development
  • Website Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
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Harnessing WordPress for Nonprofit Success

The first step to creating a successful non-profit website is choosing the right platform. Enter WordPress, a flexible and scalable platform that has become a top choice for non-profits worldwide. With its vast array of plugins tailored for non-profit needs, WordPress is user-friendly and can also grow and adapt to your organization’s evolving needs and goals.

Currently, 60% of non-profits globally are leveraging WordPress’s power, making it the most highly adopted content management system in the sector and contributing to the creation of top nonprofit websites.

Custom Designed Themes and Plugins

When it comes to website design, one size does not fit all. This is especially true for non-profit organizations with unique needs and goals. Custom WordPress themes, developed by professional developers, provide tailor-made solutions that align perfectly with your organization’s mission. These themes and specialized plugins can enhance your fundraising efforts, create powerful calls to action, and provide critical functionalities for your website.

Although pre-built WordPress themes can be budget-friendly and easy to launch, they come with limitations that may not fully meet your organization’s unique needs. Moreover, the selection of WordPress plugins should prioritize quality to ensure high performance and robust security, preventing potential issues arising from excessive plugins.

In the long run, a custom-designed theme and carefully selected plugins can significantly improve your non-profit website’s functionality and user experience.

Scalability with WordPress

As your non-profit grows, so too should your digital presence. This is where WordPress’s scalability comes in. A scalable website can grow and adapt to your evolving needs and goals, whether adding new sections, integrating more features, or expanding your content. WordPress provides the necessary tools and flexibility to accommodate this growth easily, ensuring that your digital presence continues to support your organization as it matures.

This ability to scale and adapt easily ensures long-term support for your non-profit’s digital presence and reduces the need for frequent, costly overhauls. With WordPress, you can gradually build on your website, enhancing its functionalities and content as your organization grows and evolves. This scalability is one of the many reasons WordPress stands out as a top choice for non-profits.

Security and Maintenance

In the digital age, security is paramount. This is especially true for non-profit websites that handle sensitive donor and member information. Ensuring robust website security protects your organization and builds trust with your supporters, reassuring them that their data is safe. This includes up-to-date privacy and cookie policies to comply with evolving data privacy laws.

Besides robust security, continuous maintenance is crucial for a healthy website. This includes:

  • Regular updates to WordPress core and plugins
  • Caching
  • Data optimization
  • Adherence to accessibility standards

Secure websites with HTTPS encryption are given preference in Google search results, further enhancing your non-profit website’s visibility. By prioritizing security and maintenance, you can ensure a safe and smooth online experience for your supporters while boosting your website’s visibility.

Go RVing Canada

Turning digital marketing on its head with a reimagined web design and user experience to improve user engagement and deliver on KPI’s for stakeholders.

  • Digital Branding
  • UX (User Experience) Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Responsive Website Design
  • Art Direction & Consulting
  • Custom WordPress Development
  • Interactive Tool Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
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Revitalizing Your Nonprofit’s Digital Presence

With the right platform and security measures, the next step is to bring your non-profit’s mission to life through compelling visual storytelling. Powerful imagery, innovative use of colours, and moving visuals can amplify your message and create an unforgettable experience for your website visitors. Clear calls to action, informative content, and interactive elements like donating or signing up for newsletters can encourage user engagement and drive your mission forward.

However, creating a memorable digital identity is not just about aesthetics – it’s also about functionality. A professional, clean design with clear information and simple navigation can significantly enhance user experience. Coupled with effective branding and a consistent visual identity, your non-profit can create a memorable web presence that looks good and resonates with your supporters.

Branding and Visual Identity

Creating a memorable web experience starts with a strong and consistent brand image. This includes everything from your own website design to your:

  • logo
  • color scheme
  • typography
  • imaging used across your website

A website style guide can be instrumental in developing this consistent brand image, ensuring that every element of your website aligns with your brand’s identity.

Some ways to enhance the user experience on your non-profit’s website include:

  • Using unique visual elements, such as introduction videos, to set the tone
  • Maintaining a consistent voice and tone throughout the website to enhance credibility
  • Incorporating multiple languages to exemplify inclusivity and make the non-profit more accessible to all

These strategies can help create a positive and engaging experience for visitors to your website.

Content Strategy and Storytelling

Engaging visitors on your non-profit website goes beyond visuals. It’s about telling your organization’s story in a way that resonates with your audience. To effectively engage visitors, your website must articulate your organization’s mission using straightforward and jargon-free language, ensuring the importance of the cause is easily understood.

Incorporating storytelling in your website through personal narratives and community initiatives can engage supporters and empower donors. Websites like The Voices Project and Kinder Ground provide new, brand-reflective content focused on impactful storytelling and engaging visitors with statistics, testimonials, and actionable information. Storytelling allows your non-profit to create a deeper connection with your audience, inspiring them to become part of your cause.

Integrating Social Media and Marketing Tools

In today’s digital age, integrating social media and marketing tools within your website design is essential for strengthening overall digital engagement. A dynamic homepage with a live social media feed, like on Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida’s website, can appeal to constituents and donors, providing them with real-time updates and engaging content.

Interactive features like testimonials, project exploration, and event attendance can further engage visitors and involve them in your organization’s work. For instance, the Cuso International website integrates the Luminate Online donation management system, showcasing innovation in non-profit donation processing. By integrating social media and marketing tools, your non-profit can nurture a more engaged and connected community.

Boomerang Health

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We’ve had the pleasure of working with Boomerang Health for a number of years and the first two generations of their website and brand development.

  • Website Architecture & Strategy
  • UX (User Experience) Design
  • Responsive Design & Build
  • Custom WordPress Development
  • Corporate Branding
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Best Practices in Nonprofit Web Design

While every non-profit is unique, certain web design best practices can amplify your message and enhance user experience. These include simplicity, powerful imagery, and clear calls to action. Strategic placement of ‘Donate’ buttons and newsletter sign-ups on every page can improve donation conversions and grow your email lists.

Optimizing your website for accessibility is also crucial. This includes complying with legal regulations like the AODAand offering content for visual and hearing disabilities. By making your website accessible, you expand your organization’s reach and inclusivity. With a user-friendly CMS like, managing content becomes easier, ensuring your website is user-friendly and meets visitor needs.

User Experience (UX) Design Principles

A positive user experience keeps visitors engaged on your non-profit website. To achieve this, your website should be easily navigable and functional on various devices, including desktops, tablets, and smartphones. This is where responsive web design adapts the layout to the viewing environment.

Mobile optimization improves the user experience and is crucial for search engine ranking as Google prioritizes mobile-friendly websites. Collaborating with web designers specializing in responsive design can greatly benefit non-profits catering to an increasingly mobile online audience. Simplicity in website navigation, especially on mobile devices, is key to enabling easy access to vital information and features such as donation options.

Donation Page Optimization

The donation page is perhaps the most critical part of your non-profit website. A simple, straightforward online donation process can significantly increase contributions. Clear calls to action, such as ‘Donate Now,’ can guide visitors to make a donation, making the process seamless and efficient.

The ASPCA online donation page’s image carousel of animals in need and a matching gifts page with a search tool are excellent examples of features that enhance the donation experience. Similarly, the BuildOn website’s donation page presents a straightforward giving process, showcasing the organization’s global impact and offering options for how supporters can allocate their donations.

Engaging Multimedia and Interactive Features

In addition to text, images, videos, and infographics can be powerful tools for conveying complex stories on your non-profit website. These engaging multimedia and interactive features can create a memorable online experience for visitors. Stories and case studies can illustrate real-world impact, similar to how Human Rights Watch presents in-depth research, videos, and multimedia content that highlights human rights abuses worldwide.

L’Arche Canada

A fully compliant and engaging brand experience brought to life with a new custom WordPress website design for a Canadian non-profit organization.

  • Digital Branding
  • UX (User Experience) Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Responsive Website Design
  • Art Direction & Consulting
  • Custom WordPress Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
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Building Community Through Web Design

Beyond engaging visitors, your non-profit website can also serve as a community-building platform. By featuring success stories and community programs, your website can demonstrate your non-profit’s impact, giving supporters a tangible sense of how their contributions make a difference. Offering various methods of support, such as:

  • peer-to-peer fundraising
  • in-kind donations
  • matching gifts
  • opportunities for volunteering and policy advocacy

can also foster community engagement.

Engaging stories, multimedia content, frequent news updates, and special features like safety measures can drive visitor engagement and support a feeling of warmth and community connection. By showcasing your non-profit’s impact and opportunities for engagement, you can create a strong sense of community and foster ongoing engagement.

Highlighting Community Programs

Showcasing community initiatives and opportunities for engagement is a powerful way to foster a sense of community and ongoing engagement. User engagement on your non-profit’s website can be notably increased through multimedia and interactive features, such as sidebars containing important calls to action that connect visitors with community activities. By highlighting community programs, you can demonstrate your non-profit’s impact and foster a stronger connection with your supporters.

Membership and Volunteer Opportunities

Non-profit organizations rely heavily on the support of volunteers and members. Clear processes for site visitors to join and support the cause can bolster community engagement. Nonprofit organizations like RAIN and Oxfam provide opportunities such as volunteering and serving as social media ambassadors to engage with their work.

To bolster community engagement, these organizations offer clear processes for site visitors to join and support the cause through various roles. By providing clear and accessible pathways to involvement, your non-profit can foster a stronger sense of community and encourage more people to support your cause.

Forums and Discussion Platforms

Forums and discussion platforms can allow your supporters to connect, share experiences, and discuss your cause. This can foster deeper relationships and create a more engaged community. To promote engagement within forums on your non-profit website, you can:

  • Pin relevant posts
  • Encourage multimedia use
  • Tag members in discussions
  • Share links to resources

Featuring trending forum topics can draw members into ongoing conversations and help new members connect with the community. Moreover, nonprofit online communities should serve as a central source of truth by providing:

  • Up-to-date documents
  • Event dates
  • Newsletters
  • Member profiles

You can create a thriving online community that supports your cause by facilitating member-generated content and incorporating community feedback.

Enhancing Visibility and Fundraising Efforts

A key goal of any non-profit website is to enhance visibility and boost fundraising efforts. This involves improving your website’s visibility, showcasing matching gifts and corporate partnerships, and optimizing event calendars to boost fundraising efforts. Making matching gift information accessible and highlighting custom matching gift programs can encourage increased donations.

Your non-profit website can enhance visibility and serve as a platform for showcasing your events. Implementing user-friendly event calendars and efficient registration systems can promote upcoming events and encourage participation. Enhancing your website’s visibility and fundraising capabilities can attract more supporters and increase contributions to your cause.

SEO Best Practices for Nonprofits

SEO, or search engine optimization, is crucial to enhancing your non-profit’s website visibility. This involves:

  • Optimizing page speed
  • Using structured headings
  • Providing clear meta page titles and descriptions
  • Maintaining short, keyword-rich URLs

Improving site structure for SEO involves incorporating internal links to relevant content within the website, which boosts user experience and helps with search engine indexing of important pages.

Enhancing website speed, ensuring uptime, and utilizing responsive web design through premium hosting services can provide substantial SEO benefits, making it easier for donors and volunteers to discover your non-profit online.

Showcasing Matching Gifts and Corporate Partnerships

One effective way to encourage increased donations is by showcasing matching gifts and corporate partnerships on your non-profit website. Making matching gift information easily accessible informs donors about how they can double their impact. To aid in locating matching gift opportunities, nonprofits can include a dedicated matching gifts page in the site’s main navigation and embed a matching gift search tool.

The ASPCA’s online donation page showcases a matching gifts page that features suggested giving amounts and impactful imaging, enhancing the donation experience. Custom matching gift programs can also be highlighted on a non-profit’s site through a corporate interest page, inviting potential business partnerships.

Event Calendars and Registration

Events are a key part of many non-profits’ fundraising strategies. Therefore, implementing user-friendly event calendars is crucial for promoting upcoming events. Event calendars on non-profit websites can serve as tools for community engagement and opening discussions.

Efficient event management for nonprofits requires the following:

  • Effective registration systems that are integrated with event calendars
  • User-friendly interfaces, such as the one on DonorsChoose, enhance the registration process and encourage participation in non-profit fundraising events
  • Easy access to event information and registration to promote your events and encourage more participation

Creating a Resource Hub for Community Support

A non-profit website serves as the central hub for information regarding the mission and opportunities for engagement, such as donations, events, and advocacy. In addition, your website can also serve as a resource hub, providing educational resources, helpful support services, and engaging blog content.

This can foster community and ongoing engagement, providing valuable resources and support for your cause.

Educational Resources and Workshops

Education is a powerful tool for driving engagement and support. You can encourage active involvement in your non-profit’s mission by offering engaging educational materials and workshops. For example, the Red Panda Network website includes a dedicated page with conservation-focused educational materials designed for children. This not only supports family involvement but also demonstrates community engagement through education.

The Center for Collaborative Study of Trauma, Health Equity, and Neurobiology website extends its community support by offering educational resources and inviting visitors to sign up for a newsletter. This fosters a sense of community and ongoing engagement through shared information. By providing engaging educational resources, your non-profit can foster a deeper connection with your audience and inspire them to learn more about your cause.

Helpful Resources and Support Services

In addition to educational resources, your nonprofit organization dedicated to a specific cause can also showcase resources and support services related to your cause on its nonprofit website. This can help connect with your community and provide valuable assistance to those in need. For instance, Doctors Without Borders provides resources related to medical aid in war zones and disease-impacted areas, making it one of the best nonprofit websites in its field. You can gather inspiration and ideas to enhance your organization’s online presence by exploring various nonprofit websites.

Rainbow Hospice offers a range of end-of-life care and bereavement support services in southern Wisconsin, providing valuable support to those in need. By showcasing resources and support services, your non-profit can position itself as a trusted source of assistance, building stronger connections with your community.

Blogging for Awareness and Advocacy

Blogging is a powerful tool for raising awareness and advocating for your non-profit’s cause. A blog can enhance visibility in search results, helping to attract more visitors. It also provides a platform for your non-profit to engage visitors by sharing updates and involving them in advocacy efforts.

Blogs allow nonprofits to tell their stories of impact, making the connection with supporters more personal and compelling. Beyond stories of impact, blogs can be used to share industry insights, provide valuable information, and establish the non-profit as a thought leader. By leveraging the power of blogging, your non-profit can create a deeper connection with your audience and inspire them to get involved in your cause.

Collaborating with Professional Web Designers

Creating a successful non-profit website involves a lot of moving parts. This is where professional web designers specialize in nonprofit website design. These professionals can:

  • Encapsulate your cause and drive user involvement
  • Provide guidance and share best practices
  • Conduct visitor research to guide your non-profit’s website development and design

Moreover, using a platform like WordPress offers a cost-effective maintenance option. It has a large community of developers, making finding affordable support and resources for website development easier. By collaborating with professional web designers, your non-profit can benefit from their expertise and experience, ensuring your website looks good and effectively serves your cause.

Choosing the Right Web Design Agency

Choosing the right web design agency is a crucial decision for your non-profit. It’s important to partner with agencies that:

  • Share your values
  • Have a specialization in your sector
  • Have a track record of successful projects specifically for non-profits, government, education, and healthcare sectors

These agencies are often more equipped to handle the unique needs of these organizations dedicated to specific causes.

When selecting a web design agency for a nonprofit, it’s crucial to include team members who will be using the site regularly, those responsible for content creation, and someone from the marketing team to oversee branding. By carefully choosing the right web design agency, your non-profit can ensure that your website is in capable hands.

Case Studies: Successful Web Design Collaborations

The power of collaboration between non-profits and web design agencies can be seen in the success of numerous projects. Collaborative efforts, although challenging at times, can overcome obstacles through clear communication and prioritization. Initial engagement often required thorough needs assessment workshops to understand the non-profits’ goals, audience, and desired functionality.

One notable outcome was enhancing user experience, which led to improved website traffic and user engagement metrics. As a result of these successful partnerships, several non-profits formed long-term partnerships with their web design agencies, facilitating continuous website improvement and support. These success stories demonstrate that strategic collaboration between non-profits and web design agencies can result in websites that look good and perform well, driving forward the organizations’ missions.


In this digital age, a well-designed website is essential for non-profit organizations. It serves as the digital face of your organization and the main platform for engaging with supporters and advancing your cause. Throughout this guide, we’ve explored key aspects of non-profit website design, from choosing the right platform and maintaining security to creating a memorable digital identity and building community.

The journey to creating an effective non-profit website can be complex, but it is an achievable goal with the right strategies and resources. Whether you’re just starting or looking to enhance your existing website, remember that your website is more than just a digital platform; it’s a powerful tool for driving your mission forward. So, harness the power of effective website design and watch your non-profit’s impact grow.

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Non-Profit Website Design FAQs

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Why is WordPress a good choice for non-profit websites?

WordPress is a great choice for non-profit websites because it is flexible, user-friendly, and offers a variety of plugins tailored to non-profit needs. This allows the website to grow alongside the organization.

How can a non-profit website foster community engagement?

A non-profit website can foster community engagement by featuring success stories, showcasing community programs, offering various support methods, and providing educational resources and engaging blog content. It’s a powerful way to connect and involve the community in the organization’s mission.

What are some best practices for non-profit web design?

To create an effective non-profit website, focus on simplicity, powerful imagery, clear calls to action, accessibility, user-friendly experience, and functional design across devices. This will help maximize engagement and support for your cause.

How can non-profit websites improve their visibility and fundraising efforts?

To improve visibility and fundraising efforts, non-profit websites can optimize for search engines, highlight matching gifts and corporate partnerships, and include user-friendly event calendars. These strategies can help attract more attention and support for the organization.

How can professional web designers benefit non-profit websites?

Professional web designers can benefit non-profit websites by encapsulating the cause and driving user involvement. They provide guidance, share best practices, and conduct visitor research to guide website development and design. So, their expertise can greatly enhance the effectiveness of a non-profit’s online presence.

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