Hundreds of nonprofit organizations choose Drupal as the backbone for their digital experiences. Not only is Drupal open source, meaning it is free to use, but it is also flexible and customizable so nonprofits can build upon it to amplify their missions in any way needed. Nonprofits rely heavily on their digital presence for attracting and engaging supporters, so creating a great user experience for potential donors or volunteers is vital. Below are three examples of nonprofits that are creating real-world change and beautiful Drupal websites along the way.
National Audubon Society
The mission of the National Audubon Society is to protect birds and their habitats throughout the Americas, and its website is a big part of connecting people to its work. The Audubon’s website does this by offering all sorts of content for bird lovers of all feathers. The site shares critical news with the flock, such as the number of bird species at risk of extinction due to climate change (two-thirds of North American birds), guides on how to start birding and captivating images from the annual Audubon Photography Awards. The educational content and spectacular visuals inspire continued support for the Audubon Society’s conservation efforts, whether it be monetary donations or active participation in bird censuses.
Founded more than 50 years ago in London, Amnesty International aims to protect human rights, with campaigns ranging from the global refugee crisis to women’s rights to media freedom. With more than 2 million members and supporters and 5 million activists who participate in letter writing, petition signing and demonstrating, Amnesty International needs a digital presence that helps mobilize its efforts for justice.
The website does just that by reporting on the state of human rights across the globe, exposing the facts around abuses, offering trainings and resources for human rights defenders and telling the powerful stories of those who Amnesty has assisted. The site even includes form letters that make it easy for everyday people to contact their country’s leaders and urge them to act on ending abuses.
With one in 59 children in the U.S. affected by autism, Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into the causes and treatments for autism spectrum disorders and promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to resources related to the signs of autism and treatment options, the Autism Speaks website also offers information on how supporters can get involved, such as participating in a local Autism Speaks Walk, starting an Autism Speaks U chapter on their campus or advocating on behalf of Autism Speaks to their respective legislators.
Throughout its website, Autism Speaks also features videos, podcasts and articles telling the authentic stories of people with autism, reinforcing the message that there is no one single type of autism.
Just as the types of nonprofits are so varied, so too are the websites of these organizations. From fundraising and mobilizing volunteers to sharing resources for those in need and generating awareness for the cause, a nonprofit’s website serve multiple purposes. It’s no wonder so many nonprofits turn to Drupal as an open source, customizable and scalable CMS that helps them get their messages and mission spread to as many people as possible in today’s digital era.