Nonprofit Design by CEDC


Nonprofit use of CiviCRM

CiviCRM is a powerful, web-based contact relationship management (CRM) system. It allows an organisation to record and manage information about the various people and other organizations it deals with. CiviCRM is more than just an address book, it also allows you to track your interactions with people and organizations and to get them to engage with, and potentially give money to, your organization through your website. The information you gather is all stored in one place but you can access it from almost anywhere.

CiviCRM focuses on the needs of nonprofits. Most business CRMs are focused on managing commerce; CiviCRM emphasizes communicating with individuals, community engagement, managing contributions, and administering memberships.

CiviCRM is open source, which means there are no license costs or user fees associated with downloading, installing or using the software. You may incur costs if you use a consultant to implement CiviCRM to meet your specific needs and you may incur website hosting charges.

CiviCRM is web-based, which means it can be accessed by many users at the same time from different locations. It has been developed with the international community in mind, and translations and multi-language options are supported.

The above (from the free Floss Manual) is a good introduction to CiviCRM. We're happy to discuss your organization's needs and whether CiviCRM could be a solution for you. It has six optional components for case management, fundraising, event registration, membership management, email blasts, and report generation. One of the huge benefits not mentioned above is the tight integration with Drupal (or Joomla).

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Princeton Academy Website (Drupal/CiviCRM) Princeton Academy Website (Drupal/CiviCRM)

The development of a custom site for the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart was undertaken with a focus on creating a dynamic and visually pleasing site while providing intuitive navigation through highlighted content and a megamenu system.  The site uses many modern design elements such as rotating high resolution background images, a large expandable "megamenu" for simple and straightforward navigation of the site, and the ability to provide up to the minute news and content on the main page.  

JSEA.org JSEA.org

The Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) had a website that was not serving them as well as they needed. It was built using Moodle (for a purpose that Moodle was not intended for) and was not user-friendly. After redesigning their logo, we developed a brighter, cleaner site integrating Drupal and CiviCRM and implementing some of the features that were lacking in their previous site. Some of the features that visitors can now use include:

Religious Formation Conference (RFC) Website Religious Formation Conference (RFC) Website

We recently helped the Religious Formation Conference redesign and relaunch their website. They wanted a fresh design more in keeping with their branding and which was more vibrant and engaging. The site offers more value to their members through the members only area and will streamline their internal office procedures at the same time. The site is built in Drupal and will be fully integrated with CiviCRM for member management and donations in the coming months.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR.org) Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR.org)

LCWR was ready to move from the static HTML site that had been developed in-house to something that was easier to navigate and manage, with a focus on conveying a beautiful, professional, and vibrant mood. We kept some aspects from the original design for consistency of identity (such as the color scheme) and updated and revised the structure and design.

Network of Sacred Heart Schools (SOFIE.org) Network of Sacred Heart Schools (SOFIE.org)

SOFIE (Schools Online For Interactive Education) is the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. It serves as an information point about the association of twenty-one Sacred Heart schools across the United States, including clickable maps and information about the schools, as well as frequently updated news and events.

Potential for eAdvocacy with CiviCRM: POPVOX

Potential for eAdvocacy with CiviCRM: POPVOX

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In doing some research for a potential project, I was exploring what kinds of eAdvocacy options were available to plug in to CiviCRM. Many of the big commercial eAdvocacy tools have big commercial price tags to go with them (and don't integrate directly with CiviCRM besides).


The African American Baptist Mission Collaboration seeks to help rebuild, revitalize and advocate for Haiti in wake of the January 2010 earthquake. Their site needed to reflect the style and colors of their logos, providing information about the three main prongs of their work: Projects, Service, and Advocacy. We built their site with Drupal, integrating it with CiviCRM so that all user interactions with the site (such as someone filling out the "Contact Us" form, making a donation, or signing up for a volunteer service opporunity) are fed into the CiviCRM database.

CEDC.org CEDC.org

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.

Education For Justice Education For Justice

The Education For Justice project has an expansive membership-based website chock full of prepared resources related to Catholic Social Teaching for educators. In November of 2007 we helped them port their site over to Drupal from a proprietary CMS which was not user-friendly. Although they had great content, it was hard to organize it well in the restrictive and clunky system they were tied in to. Recently, we've given the site another major update.