We wanted to pull out a few items to highlight from our nonprofit events calendar. We'll be hosting two CiviCRM events in June: an administrative training and a dev code sprint, both run and managed by the CiviCRM team.
Moira Gunn noted in her plenary at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference that sometimes important innovations occur in technology come through an alternate use of existing technology rather than in the development of new technologies. Of course, that’s not always the case. (“I will find a way to use bulky 8lb portable phones,” promised one attendee). Sometimes advances in technology go hand-in-hand with innovative ideas on how to use them.
We finally carved out the time to freshen the look and feel and rebuilt our site from the ground up.
We used Drupal for its extensibility and for the ability to cross-reference the type of design with the partner we worked with as well as any keywords we added for a design. Custom theming also allowed us to link the partner pages to a list of the other projects that we've worked on with them, and in the design pages, to automatically generate an image gallery based on the filepaths for graphics we've uploaded for the project.
In the fall of 2010, Sharon Lloyd of Seekers Church in Takoma Park, MD contacted CEDC regarding the opportunity to host a student coming to Washington DC from the Bokamoso Program, a partnership that is an international bridge between Washington, DC and Pretoria, South Africa. The Bokamoso project state in its mission that it seeks “to transform the lives of youth and empower community leadership in Winterveldt, South Africa, by coordinating assistance with the Bokamoso Youth Centre and facilitating its sustainability through scholarship, training, and resource development.”
Some non-profits are forced to opt for the most inexpensive solutions in this economic climate, and the area of web development is no exception. We've heard from a lot of groups which are just starting out or who are trying to move from an outdated static HTML site but have a very limited budget to work with. Ideally, we'd love to be able to do a full-fledged web development project,
There are other reasons to consider a Tumblr or Posterous blog.
You may have heard about yesterday's rather rocky launch of Jumo, a new non-profit online networking space. We've set up a Jumo page to take a look around and it seems the dust is beginning to settle somewhat, although things are still rather patchy. According to the NYT, "[the] idea is to take the principles that helped Mr. [Chris] Hughes organize a network of volunteers [for ’s presidential campaign] into a successful political force and apply them to a much broader universe of causes and issues." It's also described as a Yelp for charities: a space for people to connect to the issues and groups that they are interested in and also share those with friends and interact with them via comments, feedback, and donations.
The first question is why you would want to bother making your site mobile friendly. The answer is that most likely your "full blown" site will not be user-friendly for mobile browsers -- they can scale the page down so it fits on the mobile screen, but readability and usability are completely lost. See the screenshot of our website on an Android browser before we made some modifications.
Our senior designer, Laryn Kragt Bakker, is the featured "Alumni in Design" at the Dordt College AIGA student group site. He discusses his background, CEDC, and his recently published novel, and he shows some sample designs. See the excerpt below, or read the entire thing and view the design samples at DC AIGA.
Shortly after refreshing and updating the look and feel of our website, we began revising our stationery set for consistency, incorporating the same bands of watercolor texture and the same style into our business cards, letterhead, and envelopes (as well as some internal signage in the building).
As part of the unveiling of our new online presence, we've set up a Facebook page and a Facebook cause for ourselves. Our goal is to make connecting effortless for people who work with the organizations that we are here to serve, and to make it easy to share the work that both we and our partners are doing. We invite you to become a fan of CEDC on Facebook, or to join our cause -- and if you are one of our partners and you have a Facebook page or cause, let us know: we'll add you to our page as well.
Sometimes our internal projects keep getting pushed back as those of our partners take priority -- "the cobbler's children always go without shoes," as Kit likes to say. We've finally managed to overhaul the website, though, with a brand new look and feel on top and a powerful content management system underneath.