40+ Inspirational Non-Profit Website Designs

by Steven Snell

December 22, 2008 in Inspiration

Non-profit organizations obviously operate on a tight budget. In these situations, websites are rarely given priority in terms of dedicating the necessary money and resources to developing a powerful and effective website. In this post we’ll look at more than 40 websites of non-profit/social action organizations who have exemplary web designs.

Non-Profit Organization Websites:

The Society of Publication Designers

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Take the Walk

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Here’s Life Mission Africa

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Hunter Museum of American Art

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Dalit Freedom Network

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Tenement Museum

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CSB Ministries

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Divide the Word

Non-Proft Websites

Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center

Non-Proft Websites

Operation Warm

Non-Proft Websites

Sundance Film Festival

Non-Proft Websites

Eaching Excellence Network

Non-Proft Websites

Payne County Youth Services

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Practical Family Living

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Africa Tour 2008

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MANNA Foodbank

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Greater Maple Valley Community Center

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Speak Life

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Housing Works

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Fifty Thousand Shirts

Non-Proft Websites

Global Oneness Project

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The Traveling Guys

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Project Rescue

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The Worldwide Blogger Bake Off

Non-Proft Websites

Children’s Rights

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What’s Your Status?

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Bridgeway Foundation

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CAM International

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AIGA Los Angeles

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Vision Forum Ministries

Non-Proft Websites

Students’ Association at UNITEC

Non-Proft Websites

Students Against Destructive Decisions

Non-Proft Websites

Blog Action Day

Non-Proft Websites

Beyond Current Horizons

Non-Proft Websites

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About Steven Snell

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  • Yuuzaa

    Dec 23rd

    Nice list :) thanks for sharing.

  • Tapan Roy

    Dec 23rd

    Thanks for very inspirational list. It will surely increase my website design desire.

  • lab-elle

    Dec 23rd

    Lots of very nice sites, I love the “Housing works” large background picture.
    Btw, our site http://www.lab-elle.org is a non-profit association trying to fight gender stereotypes in children books.

  • Andrew

    Dec 23rd

    This may already be known, but I felt compelled to point out that while we’re really thankful to have made this list as an example of great design, Electricurrent isn’t a not-for-profit organization. Our focus is to work with non-profit and faith-based organizations and to be sure, no one here is driving a Mercedes because of our work, but unless we were listed because of our work (like on CAM International and The Bridgeway Foundation listed above), then by rights, we probably shouldn’t be listed here.

    Just trying to help maintain the fidelity of your work – because it’s valuable and greatly appreciated!

  • Steven Snell

    Dec 24th

    Hi Andrew,
    Thanks for the comment. I actually realized that after the post was published just looking through the sites some more. Obviously I didn’t look that deeply into the content of your site before including it here. I think I got excited about seeing the great website and forgot to actually look at the company behind it. Anyway, I think I’ll remove it from this list but publish it in the general gallery instead.

  • Andrew

    Dec 24th

    Thanks Steve! I appreciate the thought to still include us elsewhere – and again, thanks for the great work you’re doing.

  • Steven Snell

    Dec 24th

    Thanks for the compliments Andrew. It’s appreciated.

  • Mushex Antaranian

    Dec 24th

    It’s simply great..

  • Big Buddy

    Dec 29th

    I love these lists.

  • Cameron

    Dec 29th

    Very nice list. Some great designs and it’s always good to give non-profits some more exposure! :)

  • myows

    Dec 29th

    wow – great collection of very original non-profit websites !

  • Steve Firth

    Dec 29th

    Some really nice designs and am loving Carbonica especially

  • Michael Hoffman

    Dec 29th

    This is a nice list. I think what it shows mostly is that simple layout — easy navigation – combined with something visual, like a Flash or photo bar in the top third, is something that works. No need to be too smart by half in design. Clean and compelling. This is what we strive for in our work.

  • Youandigraphics

    Jan 2nd

    Great list with best of quality websites. Some of them were my favourites of the past year.

  • Dylan Wreggelsworth

    Jan 3rd

    You left out http://www.grassroots.org . Pretty slick design.

  • Church Website Design

    Jan 3rd

    Thank you for diligently putting together this list. This is not easy work, your efforts are definitely appreciated!

    Awesome list!

  • Marc

    Jan 6th

    Also to the list… http://www.thriveafrica.org

  • Jordan Viator

    Jan 6th

    What a great, visual list of the best in NPO Web design – this is a wonderful showcase for organizations to review when thinking of their next re-design. Thanks for compiling!

  • Daniel

    Jan 12th

    This you for posting this! I have found a nice video about takethewalk.net on youtube and posted it on http://5050box.com. I do hope that it helps. If you find more videos on charities or want to make one yourself please send me a message! ;)

  • Daniel

    Jan 12th

    Sorry… the first sentence should be: Thank you for posting this! My fault. ;)

  • George

    Jan 12th

    Really cool list. I came across another really nice one a while ago. http://www.downsyndromecentre.ie/ Some great content and nice simple design.

  • Goudeau

    Apr 8th

    I really like your blog! I just added you to my bookmarks. Keep up the pleasant work.

  • Aji Manika

    Apr 27th

    That’s amazing! inspirational. Thanks

  • 4design

    May 26th

    Very nice non-profit website designs, but see on my blog design! Thanks.

  • Roger Duck

    Jul 23rd

    There is some outstanding designs in this collection. I think it would be helpful to know how many of these sites are built on an open-source CMS like Drupal.

  • Egypt Web design company

    Sep 9th

    Very nice non-profit website designs

  • Daniel Pipitone

    Sep 16th

    Excellent roundup! Thank you for taking the time to collect these!


  • Homeless Youth

    Nov 14th

    This is a great list! Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrew

    Mar 20th

    Check out another great one with similar visual layouts to most of these:


  • Glenn

    May 24th

    Nice list. Thanks for your inspiration.

  • heara

    Jul 19th

    good information about non profit websites,. ty

  • louis

    Jul 23rd

    There is some outstanding designs in this collection. I think it would be helpful to know how many of these sites are built on an open-source CMS like Drupal.

  • vuitton handbags

    Jul 23rd

    Nice list. Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Ian Haisley

    Jul 23rd

    Thanks for this post – great resource for anyone completing a redesign or building a nonprofit website. Would love opinions of our new site for Opportunity International – http://www.opportunity.org – THANKS!

  • Chicago non profit website design

    Aug 31st

    An excellent list! As website design companies and agencies we’ve to do everything possible to ensure that non-profit web design is done professionally and affordable.
    The founder of my company is very passionate about non profits and sometimes he has agreed to some outrageous discounts. He is very passionate partly because of his involvement with a foundation that he has started.

  • Craig Pennings

    Sep 22nd

    “here’s life mission africa” is probably my favorite web design of the group. It has a nice theme and design detail throughout the piece.

  • FG

    Sep 27th

    Thanks for this! As someone who is working on a nonprofit website, these give me ideas for restructuring the site to make it more visually appealing.

  • GB14

    Oct 31st

    Also to the list… http://www.citystache.com
    Supporting Men’s Prostate Cancer

  • Aaron

    Nov 11th

    Fantastic collection.

  • Beats by Dre

    Dec 15th

    wonderful blog..thanks for sharing such a useful information

  • Will Fowler | Church Web Design

    Dec 16th

    Thanks for putting this list together I’m redoing a large non profit’s website right now and I needed some ideas, and best practices, this is similiar to vandelay’s list but more nonprofit oriented. thanks. -will

  • Brian

    Dec 21st

    Great list! Just one to add – http://travelwithfvi.blogspot.com/

    Empowering AIDS orphans through sustainable community development, awesome!


  • savita

    Jan 10th

    Thanks for displaying unique and creative collection.

  • Eszo

    Jan 25th

    Very Creative Design Collection .. keep updating

  • Claudia

    Feb 17th

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  • LV

    Feb 23rd

    Thanks for displaying unique and creative collectio000

  • Web Design

    Feb 28th

    Thank you for posting this great list of non profit web design examples. Great for insperation!

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    Apr 7th

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  • IFA

    Apr 12th

    Thanks for these examples it has given me some ideas for the Not for Profit Section of our site we are launching helping people in debt. Glad I stumbled accross this list

  • Back Doctor

    Apr 15th

    Thanks for this great list of Non-profit websites to checkout. We are currently developing a website for a non-profit and I’m certain I’ll find some great ideas to incorporate into our design.

  • Web Design Sheffield

    May 3rd

    Thanks for the share. They are really great and inspirational.

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    May 9th

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  • Carmen

    May 18th

    We just started a Non-Profit coporation. We need help to create a website. We have a very tight budget and we were looking and we saw these professional and awesome wesites. They are beautiful. I wanted to know if someone can give us a quote to prepare one for us.
    I will appreciate all your help.


  • Harris Jebaraj

    Jun 21st

    The site of Green Coalition is also very good. Though they haven’t updated the design for the last 5 years, its still very good. They seem to be more active on Facebook and Twitter now.


  • Michael

    Aug 2nd

    http://www.SportsSpectacular.com is a great non-profit website!

    The Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular has been heralded by the Los Angeles Times as the premier sports awards dinner in the country. This exciting charity event was established in 1986 in response to the promise of genetic research leading to the understanding of numerous genetic diseases found in children as well as adults. The Sports Spectacular has raised over $21 million to benefit the life-saving work of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute.

    Site design and developed by http://www.CreativeCapitalGroup.biz

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