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15 Nonprofit Website Design Firms We Are Inspired By

Nonprofit Web Design Firms We Are Inspired By

15 Nonprofit Website Design Firms We Are Inspired By

See how our nonprofit web design inspiration translates to better websites!

Your nonprofit’s website is the frontline of your organization’s marketing strategy. It’s the resource you lead your supporters to from your email marketing campaigns, social media posts, and other outreach sources. By creating an impactful website, you will drive engagement among your supporters, capturing their attention and helping retain them for the long haul.

Many nonprofits invest in website design firms to help maximize their website and online resources’ impact. If your team is looking for the best nonprofit website design firm to craft or revive your site, choose a firm that has experience in the nonprofit sector, works well with your team, and will gather input from your organization to create a site that is uniquely yours.

We’ve been inspired by the work of many web designers over the years and recognize the importance of choosing the best designer for your nonprofit. In this article, we’ll look at these impactful designers and discuss what elements of their work are so inspiring for nonprofit organizations.

1. Loop: Design for Social Good

We are constantly inspired by the designers on our team at Loop. Our design team crafts websites specifically with nonprofits in mind, so we’re experts at driving engagement and providing the resources social good organizations need to capture their audience’s attention.

Our creative process allows our design team to work directly with your organization’s team. This ensures that your website will be relevant to your particular organization’s mission and audience. Our team uses the following process:

  1. Discovery. Our designers work with nonprofit organizations and their audiences during the discovery stage to better understand their goals, needs, and vision for the future.
  2. Concept development. During this stage, the Loop web design team creates two to three potential concept directions for the site. The team collaborates and shares ideas to ensure each potential design is unique.
  3. Internal feedback and peer review. After creating the initial concepts, the Loop team shares the ideas internally and invites other team members to provide feedback, ensuring the strongest ideas are presented to the client.
  4. Client feedback. The nonprofit knows its audience better than anyone. Therefore, during the client feedback stage, our team listens intently to clients ensuring the design will meet all of their needs.
  5. Production. The last stage is the most exciting! Our team incorporates all of the feedback we receive from the client and starts turning those creative ideas into a beautiful, functional, and accessible website that will serve the nonprofit for years to come.

This process ensures that no one spends time over-developing concepts that will not meet the audience’s needs and will exceed their expectations. Loop works with each organization individually, listening to their and their audiences’ needs and developing a brand in addition to the website. We’ll ensure the website is both reflective of the organization’s mission and equipped with the tools necessary to maximize the nonprofit’s web presence.

Loop Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

Double Up Food Bucks

Loop completed the nonprofit web design for Double Up Food Bucks, an organization that encourages healthier eating. 

Double Up Food Bucks is a Michigan-based nonprofit that helps those who rely on SNAP assistance to eat more fruits and veggies. They match those purchases dollar for dollar, helping individuals gain additional access to healthy food.

While developing Double Up Food Bucks’ new website, the Loop team visited the various grocery stores and markets where the program is accepted to see Double Up Food Bucks in action. This provided first-hand experience with the nonprofit’s audience, allowing Loop’s team to develop a website design that would engage the right people and help build connections between the nonprofit and the community.

Oxfam Canada

Loop compiled the nonprofit web design for Oxfam Canada, an organization that fights for global justice. 

Oxfam Canada fights for gender justice and to end poverty around the world. This organization already had an established brand that they wanted to lean into when they turned to Loop for help developing their website.

After an extensive consultation process, Loop worked with their team to develop a website that embraces visual storytelling while meeting strict web accessibility standards. The focus on visual storytelling helped create a website that embraces the experiences of equality and rallies support for this important cause.

WWF Canada

Loop compiled the nonprofit web design for WWF Canada, an organization focused on protecting life on Earth. 

WWF Canada is a conservation organization with the goal of protecting all life on Earth. Their team advocates for vulnerable species and implements new technologies to research and protect the planet. To further this mission, they needed an interactive website that shows the organization as a leader in the field of conservation technology.

Loop worked with WWF Canada to develop a website that reflects their organization’s innovations and provides a streamlined experience for their audience. The intuitive navigation and page structure makes it easy for their audience to get involved.

2. Hyperakt

Hyperakt is a nonprofit website design agency from Brooklyn, NY, focused on conducting work in the social good sector. Their team uses the process of co-design, working with rather than for their clients. This emphasis on collaboration helps the web design and nonprofit teams work together to develop a strategy that will help the nonprofit succeed.

Hyperakt does incredible work in the criminal justice space, using storytelling strategies to drive their nonprofits’ missions. This emphasis on storytelling is what most inspires us from this nonprofit website design agency.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Hyperakt compiled the website for Vera Institute of Justice.

A Website We Love

Vera Institute of Justice worked with Hyperakt to develop a website that reflects their brand and identity. The organization focuses on securing equal justice for all people, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening community life. Hyperakt helped Vera reflect these priorities on their website and provide a platform to discuss the problems they’re trying to solve with a news column and featured projects on their homepage.

3. Wide Eye

Wide Eye is a nonprofit website design firm based in Maryland that conducts work in the political advocacy and democracy spaces. They understand that advocacy causes need to be eye-catching and attention-grabbing to succeed. Therefore, they lean into the spirit of design and innovative technology to combine their client’s mission of activism with credibility.

Because Wide Eye works in the advocacy space, they specialize in developing bold, eye-catching content. This eye-catching and bold take on design is what inspires us from this nonprofit website design firm.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Wide Eye compiled the website for NOWNYC.

A Website We Love

Wide Eye worked with the National Organization for Women NYC just after the politically charged 2016 election. During this time, the organization decided to open a new chapter in New York City and needed help developing a brand for it. Using bold fonts, bright colors, and light animations, Wide Eye helped NOW-NYC develop a captivating new site to engage its audience and pursue its mission.

4. Almanac

Almanac is a nonprofit website design firm based in St. Louis, MO. Their mission is to work with purpose-driven organizations, inspiring those organizations’ audiences to take action. They work with clients to create audience-centered designs that engage people and help them see the organization’s value.

Almanac focuses on strategy, starting by analyzing their clients’ goals and objectives, then determining the design and content needed to succeed. This process inspires us because it’s fueled by the business needs of clients and allows the agency to define success in a collaborative format.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Almanac compiled the website for The Opportunity Trust.

A Website We Love

The Opportunity Trust is an organization dedicated to helping the children of St. Louis, MO gain access to education and opportunities that will help them thrive both now and later in life. This organization had already developed and established its brand in its community. However, the team found some of their processes and programs were challenging to explain to their audience. They turned to Almanac to design a website that clearly explains these concepts through concise language and detailed animations.

5. Firebelly

Firebelly is a nonprofit web design agency that seeks out organizations with missions that inspire their team. They recognize the value in sharing their clients’ passions and that additional motivation drives them to help their clients succeed.

Their team is skilled at developing engaging and interactive web experiences that clearly communicate the mission of the organizations they help. They’re experts at taking a lot of information provided and organizing it clearly throughout their clients’ websites. This helps drive each nonprofit’s audience to better understand what the organization does.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Firebelly compiled the website for Girls Garage.

A Website We Love

Girls Garage is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower young girls and gender-expansive youth ages 9-18 through carpentry, welding, architecture, and more. They turned to Firebelly for help communicating this mission and reflecting their brand on their website. Firebelly was able to use images, illustrations, and fonts to reflect the STEM theme and to better communicate the mission. They carried this brand across the site, building a website that not only contains key information about Girls Garage’s mission but also organizes the class schedules and sessions in which young girls can get involved, all while representing their brand through key visuals.

6. Cosmic

Cosmic is a nonprofit web design agency that works with social impact organizations. It’s based in Santa Cruz, CA, and helps its clients use design to stand out among their competitors. Their team is dedicated to using web design to spark real change in the world.

Cosmic inspires the Loop team with their use of bright colors and engaging animations to drive success for their clients. They use storytelling strategies to communicate organizations’ stories in a way that emotionally compels their audience to take action.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Cosmic compiled the website for Let’s Green CA.

A Website We Love

Let’s Green CA is an organization that focuses on conservation and reversing climate change in California. They came to Cosmic with a dream to pass the statewide New Green Deal, then take additional steps to continue cleaning up the state. By leveraging bright colors, an engaging design, and a unique structure, Cosmic helped Let’s Green CA develop an attention-grabbing website that covers the problem at hand and encourages readers to get involved.

7. Matter Unlimited

Matter Unlimited is a strategy and creative design consultancy that has been awarded numerous times for its unique approach to web design. It received awards at the Cannes International Advertising Awards Festival, International Emmy Awards, and was honored by the United Nations.

This agency inspires the Loop team with its use of storytelling to pull at an audience’s heartstrings. They understand that we live in a purpose-led economy where people want to understand the good their money will do before they contribute it. Therefore, they leverage storytelling to communicate their clients’ purpose and encourage others to get involved.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Matter Unlimited compiled the website for Imaginable Futures.

A Website We Love

Imaginable Futures is an organization that focuses on empowering people and unlocking their potential through education. They reached out to Matter Unlimited for help developing their brand and web presence. The experts at Matter Unlimited leaned into the idea of asking “what if” in ideas like, “What if learning could lift up every family and be felt for generations to come?” They then designed a logo that manifests this idea by featuring the letters IF. Matter Unlimited continued to interweave this prospective story throughout the rest of their design.

8. Purpose

Purpose is a web design agency focused on promoting social good. They work with organizations, activists, businesses, and philanthropies to make a difference in the world. This agency works with organizations on a multitude of issues, including climate change, poverty, and voting rights on a global scale.

Purpose does more than help individual organizations succeed. Their team connects organizations with similar goals with one another so that everyone can come together under one roof to make a change. Then, they work to create the messaging and design tools that can help bring the shared mission to life.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Purpose compiled the website for BreaththeLife.

A Website We Love

The BreaththeLife campaign was created in collaboration with The World Health Organization and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Purpose helped them create the BreaththeLife campaign with the goal of cutting in half the number of deaths that occur each year due to air pollution. Purpose helped build a number of resources for this campaign, including a video that shows how pollution impacts children across the world, a resource so people can find the pollution numbers of their own countries and infographics that share information about the dangers of air pollution. These types of resources helped drive the campaign forward.

9. Ideo

Ideo is one of the world’s most prominent design agencies that promote social good. Their team is made up of designers, builders, engineers, researchers, teachers, and data and behavioral scientists. This agency doesn’t only work on websites but also helps create a number of solutions both on and offline that empower their clients to create a better world.

The Loop team has been inspired by Ideo because they are the creators of the human-centered design philosophy. Their expertise helps them put the audience first and create a process focused on what the audience needs to hear about the mission at hand.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Ideo compiled the website for the city of Boston.

A Website We Love

The city of Boston needed a new online platform to engage citizens and encourage them to see what the city has to offer. The government entity partnered with Ideo to recreate a website for the city with a more modern and citizen-centric design. Ideo considered what citizens of Boston would need to know and used that to structure intuitive navigation for the site.

10. Cornershop Creative

Cornershop Creative is a web design agency with the mission of helping nonprofit organizations make the most of their online presence. Their team helps organizations with their WordPress design, development, and maintenance.

This creative agency inspires Loop with its holistic approach to what nonprofits need to create and maintain a strong online presence. They not only help with the initial design of an organization’s website but also with integrations with e-commerce and CRM solutions as well as ongoing maintenance.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Cornershop Creative compiled the website for Florida Conservation Voters.

A Website We Love

Florida Conservation Voters is an organization that works to encourage people to leverage democracy to promote environmental protection and create healthy communities for people to live in. They came to Cornershop Creative asking for help in creating two different websites for the organization. Cornershop worked with them to migrate their existing information to these new sites, ensuring multilingual functionality and creating a clean, navigable experience.

11. Kanopi Studios

Kanopi Studios is a web design agency that works with a variety of industries including nonprofits, healthcare, corporations, and educational institutions. Their team understands that an organization’s website is more than just the face of the organization, it’s the platform with which you engage your audience and encourage them to get involved.

Kanopi’s strategic approach to web design is what makes them an inspiration. They focus on a website’s underlying use and strategy in order to build one that will meet the organization’s needs. They operate on a platform of continuous improvement, conducting a continuous cycle of strategizing, learning, and iterating for their clients.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Kanopi Studios compiled the website for Covenant House.

A Website We Love

The Covenant House is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide housing and resources for youth facing homelessness. The organization set aspirational marketing goals to continue getting the word out about its services. To help them meet those goals, they needed some work done on their website, which is when they turned to Kanopi Studios. Kanopi worked with the organization’s team to determine their long-term goals and short-term wins. Then, they accomplished these goals by making key updates to the existing code and integrating their solutions.

12. Elevation

Elevation is a full-service digital agency that offers services such as branding, web design, and marketing for nonprofit organizations. This means their team isn’t only composed of web designers, but also SEO, content marketing, graphic design, and privacy experts. They bring all of these skills together to help nonprofits create a comprehensive strategy that gets the word out to their audience.

Elevation’s approach to content strategy is an inspiration. They’ll assign an expert content strategist on their team to align with nonprofit clients about their goals and ideal outcomes in order to create a website that will support those outcomes. They work with organizations to define editorial guidelines and ensure everything is in line with the organization’s vision and mission.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Elevation compiled the website for The American Brain Tumor Association.

A Website We Love

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on education, support, and research about brain tumors. From the time the organization was founded to the moment their team decided their website needed a reboot, ABTA had changed and expanded its audience. It now serves those who were personally afflicted with brain tumors, those with family and friend connections to the cause, healthcare professionals, and research professionals. Their team partnered with Elevation for help expanding their site to appeal to each of their audiences, and the Elevation team was able to create clear navigation to lead to resources for all audiences as well as content that matched each visitor’s intent and purpose.

13. Ironpaper

Ironpaper is a web design agency that helps B2B organizations, both in the for-profit world and in the nonprofit world. Its focus is on helping organizations convert more audience members and to engage them further with the cause. Their strategy is to convert around 1% more individuals to gain momentum, grow by about 1-3%, and scale up at above 3% growth.

Their approach is inspiring because of their focus on analytics. The Ironpaper team studies conversion paths on their clients’ websites and determines which design decisions will increase lead conversion rates. While they don’t work solely in the nonprofit sphere, this analytics mindset is a useful way to look at a nonprofit’s fundraising and revenue generation strategies.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Ironpaper compiled the website for Jazz at Lincoln Center.

A Website We Love

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a nonprofit organization with the mission to entertain, enrich, and expand the community around Jazz. They set out to accomplish this through advocacy and education. They partnered with Ironpaper to create a new website design, develop an online ticketing system, and integrate with a POS system to increase conversion rates. Through these changes and a carefully laid strategic plan, Jazz at Lincoln Center was able to increase subscription sales by 500%.

14. Constructive

Constructive is a design agency composed of a team of strategists, designers, technologists, and advocates. They work solely with nonprofit organizations, offering a number of services including brand development, design, digital strategies, website content, consulting, and training.

This agency is an inspiration because they use extensive user research and testing to make sure their strategy will be effective for the nonprofit clients they work with. Their team members talk to real people to understand what the nonprofit’s audience is looking for. Then, they test different designs and strategies with audience members to determine the best course of action they can recommend to clients.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Constructive compiled the website for Climate Impact Lab.

A Website We Love

Climate Impact Lab is made up of a team of economists, climate scientists, data engineers, and risk analysts with the mission of slowing climate change through education, research, and action. When it came time to launch a new initiative, they turned to the Constructive team to help develop their website, brand, and a data tool that shows how climate change impacts other issues like poverty. These choices have helped Climate Impact Lab gain traction and engage audience members in the kickoff of their new campaign.

15. Boxcar Studio

Boxcar Studio is a full-service web design and development agency located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their team specifically focuses on serving nonprofits and educational institutions. This agency focuses on helping these organizations create a “virtual storefront” through which they can showcase their client’s mission and encourage engagement.

Similar to Loop’s branding guide, Boxcar Studio says that “your brand is more than just a logo.” They help organizations develop brands that communicate their unique personality and mission.

Nonprofit Web Design Projects that Inspire Us

The nonprofit web design team at Boxcar Studio compiled the website for the Monroe County Library System.

A Website We Love

The Monroe County Library System is dedicated to community involvement and education. They needed a website that would communicate this passion and convey their mission to the community. Boxar Studio worked with the library system to develop a site that is not only branded for the educational mission but is also easily navigable to help audience members find the resources they need.

Wrapping Up

Loop’s team is constantly considering the positive things others are doing in the world of nonprofit web design. This helps us learn about the newest trends in the industry and get inspired, ensuring our own clients receive the latest and greatest from our team.

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