The Best Charity Websites Around

Charity website design

Designing a good charity website is no mean feat. It needs to be clear, attractive, stable, and fast — and that’s before we even get to the content. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own website, or just feel like having a browse, here are five exemplary charity websites along with what makes them so fantastic:

WWF

The first thing that strikes you about the World Wildlife Fund’s website is the boldness of its design. It fills the screen with a slideshow of beautiful pictures — from Himalayan forests to emperor penguins — and you can click on the images to find out more about each cause. The site is filled with stunning images, but the rest of the design is very clean, so it doesn’t look too cluttered or busy. Things can take a while to load, though, and this does let the site down a little — but, at the same time, it’s sort of to be expected when there’s so much to load.

Red Nose Day

Whether you’re a fan of those red rubber noses or not, you can’t deny the appeal of Red Nose Day’s website. It’s simple, clean, and fast, but it doesn’t look boring — and that’s pretty important, considering many of the visitors will be primary school kids with short attention spans. There are videos, infographics, photos and the perfect amount of text for children to manage. The layout is intuitive, and you can see how much money they’ve raised on the front page. Compared to most charity websites, Red Nose Day’s is refreshingly fun.

Water Aid 

Water Aid doesn’t have the beautiful pictures of WWF of the the fun factor of Red Nose Day, but it’s completely in-keeping with the brand — and really, that’s what you want from a website. It feels very clean, and considering Water Aid is about supplying clean water, this is pretty fitting. The design’s great, and the website’s brimming with information without seeming cluttered. The interactive maps are excellent, too, and show you where Water Aid works and what the sanitation and water situations are like in those places.

Feeding America

Another informative, resourceful charity website with a crisp design to rival that of Water Aid. The background image ties the design in with the brand, and creates a warm feeling that Water Aid is perhaps lacking. Feeding America’s site represents everything the charity is about, and offers information for those wanting to donate, as well as pointing families in need of food assistance in the right direction.

Just Giving

Would Just Giving be so popular if its website wasn’t so appealing? Maybe, but it’s not likely. The design is simple yet colourful, and feels very modern. The content’s great, too — you can find out how to promote your fundraiser, donate from your mobile phone, and personalise your page so it stands out. You can find whatever you’re looking for on the website without having to hunt it down, and this is exactly how a charity website needs to be.

Our guest writer – Sam Wright is a freelance writer. He’s currently working for Third Sector, and is training for a fundraising marathon later this year.

 

The top 10 uk storm pictures of Winter 2013/14

 

With the floods and endless UK storms coming at us ceaselessly, the only upside that I can see are some of the amazing clouds and skylines we’ve had down here in not so sunny Devon this winter.

Here are the top 10 UK storm pictures we’ve taken.

1/ A storm passes by Saunton Beach in North Devon, blackening the sky and casting it’s black shadow over the previously sunny beach. After crashing through and sending more rain onto the land below, the sun dares to make a somewhat shy appearance.

2/ The joys of being outside in a fast approaching hail storm. The sky blackened, then went yellow and day became night as a flash storm crashes into the North Coast of Devon.

3/ The sky turns black, the seas boil as a massive storm cloud trucks on into the UK. More wind and rain came in with this one, with a moderate sized sea swell and smaller tides it wasn’t one of the more prolonged storms of the season, but it made a very dramatic storm sky.

4/ A walk on the beach, just clear of yet another cloud system barreling it’s way up the estuary in North Devon dropping it’s load of hailstones as it goes. This one came with some thunder, but alas no lightning, which would of made for a nice dramatic shot. Love the colours in this one.

5/ The world goes dark, with the sun trying to burst through and give us a few seconds of light before it is covered up by yet more storm clouds. This photo is at Saunton beach near Barnstaple in North Devon, where the dunes and beach have altered dramatically following the constant barrage of Atlantic storms.

6/ A rare moment of calmness. The storm has passed leaving a few stray clouds in it’s wake. It looks like the end of a nice summers day, but the rare brightness didn’t last long, just long enough to make a nice photo opportunity…

7/ The Gulls take flight as a promising day is put to the sword by the onset of the latest storm to pile into North Devon. Compared to a lot of the UK the North Devon area has been lucky, as a lot of the rainfall seems to of been inland whereas we’ve had to endure massive seas and swells, the bulk of the storm water has missed us.

8/ Weird clouds. A photo by a friend of mine captured these strange clouds that appeared pre-Christmas. They weren’t around for long, but were very unusual…Not very stormy, but quite odd nonetheless.

9/ It’s all going black again as you’ve guessed it another low pressure front arrives in the UK. This one was fairly black and moody and once again the brief spell of sunshine we were enjoying was soon replaced by a deluge.

10/ Time to lift the spirits. Finally a dry day, no storms and no rain and an opportunity to watch a fantastic sunset from the beach at the end of a beautiful sunny, crisp day.

You’ve guessed it though…It was a brief respite, as the next day was dark, mean and moody as we got battered again!

For all of the latest news on the good old UK weather check out the Met Office website.