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Mission-Driven Website Planning Workshop for Nonprofits

Illustration: Multiple website components with arrows leading outside the computerToo many nonprofits invest too much money on websites without proper planning. Don’t make that mistake!

For nonprofits planning their next or first website, this engaging and active workshop with follow up consulting will prepare you to build a mission-driven nonprofit website that gets results for your organization.

Investing just a little bit now will make sure the time, energy, and money spent on your upcoming website project impacts the people you serve and makes the world a better place.

[My client] frequently referred back to what she learned from you, and really took your advice to heart. She was significantly better prepared to work smoothly with me through the redesign process than are many of my new-to-this clients, because I had to spend a lot less time educating her about *why* we were doing what we were doing. We started out already on the same page.
Seattle-area website developer who worked with a workshop participant

Detailed information about the course, included follow up call, and location is below.

Mission-Driven Website Planning Workshop

When: TBD
Where: Impact Hub Seattle
Cost: $299

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Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for nonprofit staff leading a website project or in charge of early-stage website planning. Attendees’ organizations should be considering whether to embark on or just beginning to plan a website project.

Participants do not need any specific technical or design skills, though familiarity with website management skills and concepts—e.g. posting a news story—is useful. Intimate knowledge of the the organization’s mission and the programs advancing that work is by far the most important requirement for planning success.

Not sure if this workshop is for you? Get in touch to ask your questions.

What to Expect

Upon completion, you will be significantly better prepared to begin a major website project having learned to prioritize and communicate the needs and decisions required for success.

Before the Workshop

Participants will be expected to do 1-2 hours of simple reading and prework to get the most out of the workshop.

During the Workshop

Coffee and snacks will be provided.

This workshop will include short presentations, useful planning worksheets, discussion, and Q&A covering:

  • The general phases of any website project
  • Concrete tips to:
    • prepare your organization,
    • select and work with contractors and volunteers,
    • identify key audiences and website “top tasks”,
    • give design feedback and resolving disagreements, and
    • assess and describe required website functionality.

After the Workshop: Follow up One-on-One Consulting

Each participant can schedule a follow up 30-60 minute phone call or meeting within three months of the training to get one-on-one feedback and advice about their planning process and project. You may wish to immediately review your work or wait a month or two for new questions and ideas to arise.

Venue, Directions, & Parking

Impact Hub Seattle is a vibrant social-entrepreneurial coworking space in the Pioneer Square neighborhood south of downtown Seattle. It’s home to nonprofits, socially-conscious consultants, social enterprises, and more. That makes it a natural place to meet for a nonprofit technology workshop.

The building is wheelchair accessible.

Impact Hub

Address: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104

Parking: Here’s a map of nearby parking structures and lots. Please avoid on-street parking limited to 2 hours (shorter than the workshop).

Public Transit: The Impact Hub is within blocks of two light rail stops and a significant number of bus lines that run through downtown. Get public transit directions.

About Mark Root-Wiley

Mark Root-Wiley, wearing Seattle Sounders hat, smiling in conversationMark Root-Wiley has years of experience planning, designing, building, supporting, and maintaining websites for nonprofits, higher education, and other mission-driven organizations. He’s lived in Seattle and worked as MRW Web Design since 2010, serving dozens of organizations including 501 Commons and the Nonprofit Assistance Center.

“Responsive, breaks complicated information down so it’s understandable, provides great training and coaching…”

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Mark is a Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) faculty member, teaching the online course “Anatomy of a Website Redesign.” He’s a regular presenter at the 501 Commons Talks Tech series and has also presented at SeaTech4Good, WordCamp Seattle, InfoCamp Seattle, GiveCamp Seattle, and other nonprofit events.

Other volunteer contributions to nonprofit and technology include:

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