15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out

1.           A Donate Now button that says Thank You when you roll over it – off to the side, not on the actual button. How cool is that?

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Donation Button Rollover

2.           Small animated elements. I don’t normally approve of cutesy animation on websites – but I LOVE this one. It’s a very small part of the overall page so it’s not distracting to visitors, it only makes noise when you roll over it, and it doesn’t look cheesy. Okay – maybe slightly cheesy – but I can’t help but roll over it again even though it’s scaring the hell out of my cat.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Small Animated Elements

3.           Statistics that stand out with interesting fonts and layout – in this example they also pulled that same font treatment and statistics into a subtler version for their site background.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Creative Statistics

4.           Interactive client stories that are visually appealing – in this example they have large thumbnail photos of students that serve as their primary visual element on the page – but when you hover over one, you get info about the student and links to find out more!

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Interactive Client Stories

5.           Rollover action – whether it’s a color change, a slight jump of the graphic or a bird popping up any time some gets near your twitter feed, a little bit of action makes the front page more interesting.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Rollover Action

6.           Overlapping stuff – having something layered over something else gives depth to the page and draws your visitor’s eyes to it.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Overlapping Stuff

 

7.           Photos for all your news items – It’s far more fun to read news if we’ve got lots of pictures to look at – it draws us in.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | News Items Photos

 8.           Anything supersized – take an element on the page and over-dramatize it like the slideshow arrows in this example!

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Anything Super-Sized

9.           Small graphics – you used to see all kinds of icons on website before, now icons have grown up, jumped out of their little boxes and just look better. Make sure they are high quality drawings (not cheesy clipart) and coordinate will together and with the rest of your site.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Small Graphics

10.        Your own banner ads promoting a program or campaign – I love creating an overall look for a campaign and then pulling that design/layout/message a little bit differently into an email header, Facebook cover, other social media posts, and then square and banner ads for your site or other people’s sites.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Your Own Banner Ads

11.        Surveys that will really make a difference – people still love giving their opinions, especially when it really feels like they have an opportunity to “shape the future” of your organization! And if you don’t know how much I love pop-ups – check out this article:

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Surveys

12.        Integrated social media feeds are great on your main page – I love this space-saving functionality that allows visitors to tab through multiple social media streams to check out the latest news for your org all in one spot –

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Integrated Social Media Feeds

13.        Belief statements – tell visitors what you believe – BIG and LOUD.

15 Fun Things To Make Your Nonprofit’s Home Page Stand Out | Belief Statements

14.        Goal trackers – show visitors what the goal is – as long as it’s not the usual boring thermometer; I love seeing how far along you are with a goal and it can motivate people to take immediate action.

Goal Trackers

15.        Quotes – consumer quotes are great! Especially on the front page – but don’t overwhelm visitors with a bunch – zoom in on one!

Quotes

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation

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