Why You Need to Try The Best Website Builder for Nonprofits

Terry Ibele 31 July 2017 0 comments

Nonprofit Website Builder

If someone’s told you nonprofit websites are the same as for-profit websites, they’re flat out wrong. When’s the last time a regular website tried to convince website visitors to donate, become a member, or volunteer for their cause?

The fact is, nonprofit websites are vastly different than for-profit websites and to build a robust nonprofit website — one that attracts, converts, and retains supporters — takes a much different mindset.

That’s why website builders for nonprofit exist.

If you choose a regular website builder, don’t expect to have an easy time accomplishing your goals. Your typical website builder is geared more towards building a blog, adding attractive pictures, and hosting an online store — all of these things are great, but nonprofit websites need extra attention.

Note: Even if you find a generic website builder that offers nonprofit add-ons (like a donation page, or membership application), make sure to take a closer look, it could cost you more time and money to set these features up. I’ve worked with many nonprofits who wished they had used a nonprofit website builder when they first set their website up.

Fortunately there are a number of website builders for nonprofits specifically. 

If you’re in the market for a nonprofit website builder, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’m going to cover what is a nonprofit website builder, what makes a nonprofit website different, the must-have features and pages the top nonprofit websites have, and the #1 rated nonprofit website builder on the market (used by over 20,000 organizations).


What Should a Good Nonprofit Website Builder Do?

A nonprofit website builder is a do-it-yourself tool to help you build a complete website for your nonprofit that includes: an event calendar, online member registration and payments, news, blog, social media integration, member-only pages, directories, and all the other pages your website needs to be complete.

A good nonprofit website builder will allow you to easily create a comprehensive website for your nonprofit all by yourself, regardless of how much you know about design and coding. With just a few clicks you'll be able to add pages and features like: event calendars, online member registration and payments, a news/blog/forum section, donation pages, social media integration, member-only pages, directories, and everything else your website needs to be complete. 

Most nonprofit website builders include functionalities like:

  • Drag and drop widgets 
  • Professionally-designed website templates
  • A simple content editor
  • Easy upload of images and resources
  • Password protected pages for members only
  • The ability to easily add your nonprofit’s logo and branding
  • Donation pages and buttons
  • New member registration with online payments
  • Event calendars with easy online event registration and payments
  • Mobile responsiveness, so your nonprofit website appears perfectly on smartphones and tablets.

The best website builders for nonprofits will also seamlessly integrate with a contact database where you can easily manage and email your contacts, members, donors, and event registrants — something most typical website builders can't do.


How You Can Set Up Your Website in Less Than a Week

How much time do you think it takes to set up a new website for your nonprofit?

With Wild Apricot, it takes about 20 hours.

This may seem long, but in just a few afternoons new customers are able to have their entire website set up all by themselves.

That's because we've built Wild Apricot to be an easy, do-it-yourself nonprofit website builder. Every month we spend over $250,000 on software development and have launched over 60 releases to date to make Wild Apricot more powerful, but simple to use. Today, we power nearly 4,000 nonprofit websites (charities, foundations, associations, clubs, churches, and more) across the globe. 

Wild Apricot's nonprofit website builder is used by nearly 4,000 small to medium-sized organizations around the world. Wild Apricot is also the #1 rated membership management software for nonprofits.

You can try a free, 30-day trial of Wild Apricot and have your nonprofit setup with a professional-looking website and easy to search member database in just a few afternoons.

Below is a GIF showing how easy it is to choose a theme for your new website (ready-made with all the pages you'll need) in just one click. From there, it's simply a matter of uploading your own pictures and editing the copy:

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"The most impressive thing about Wild Apricot is the ease of building. We went from zero website to a functioning website with the specific things we needed in three days. It was amazing, and the app makes accessing all the admin info so easy on the go! Oh! And all within the budget of a tiny non-profit! Thank you!"

-Tammy Anderson, Big Country Home Educators

 

More Features That Save You Time and Money

Imagine you had an army of robots to do all the grunt work for your nonprofit. They’d update your website, register new members, file their info into a database, collect and process payments, schedule lessons and classes, and send automated invoices, receipts, and email reminders. With an army of robots doing all the work, you could spend your time growing your nonprofit and offering more value to your supporters.

That’s exactly what Wild Apricot does for you — it acts like an army of robots to automate all your admin work. Many nonprofits report saving up to 20 hours a week by letting Wild Apricot handle the grunt work for them.

Here are some of Wild Apricot's features you'll have instant access to once you start your free trial:

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Wild Apricot also has dozens of other features like:

  • Wait lists for events
  • Multiple membership levels and group/family discounts
  • A mobile app to manage your nonprofit and events on the go
  • Donation meters
  • Free, unlimited support
  • And dozens more

Plus if there’s a feature you want and we don’t have, go on over to our WishList forum and request it. Once a feature gains enough popularity, we develop it.


Three Examples of Organizations Using Wild Apricot’s Nonprofit Website Builder

Here are three examples of organizations that have built their websites using Wild Apricot's website builder. While you can't see how they're managing their nonprofit in the backend, you can see how they've organized their nonprofit online. Some highlights to look for when you explore each site include:

  • Simple online membership applications
  • Event calendars
  • Social media integration
  • Member directories
  • Donation pages
  • News, Blog, About Us pages
  • Beautiful pictures of members in slideshows

1) Single Parent Provision

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2) Southern Business Women's Network

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The St. Thomas Moore Society of Orange County

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How to Get Your Free Trial of Wild Apricot

To get started with your free, 30-day trial of Wild Apricot, simply click here.

Free Nonprofit Website Builder

You’ll be taken to a registration page where you can enter your account details. Once you click submit, you’ll activate a free 30-day trial of the paid version of Wild Apricot’s software. This means that you will have all the access to all the functionality that our paid clients receive for 30 days.

If at any point you need help with our system, feel free to get in touch with our friendly support team. They’ll be more than happy to help you setup your account as quickly as possible.


Best of success with your nonprofit website!


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Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

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Published Monday, 31 July 2017 at 4:37 PM

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