Nonprofit Website Design… Websites for Nonprofits

Dot Org Web Works specializes in affordable nonprofit website design and development, for charitable nonprofit organizations*. From Los Angeles to Portland — and well beyond the Pacific. We also offer website maintenance and upkeep plans that will keep your website working through whatever problems you encounter.

It is our philosophy that in order for us to do our best nonprofit website design and development, we must believe in the service, mission, or product of our partners. Creating websites for nonprofits is our absolute passion — the nonprofit sector is our community. Like you, we’re tasked in helping to make our world a better place.

nonprofit website design is our passion

Since the year 2000, we have provided nonprofit website design and development to a wide range of charitable organizations —  and many of our clients return to us for their next website make-over. Our nonprofit clients have included health care for the homeless and low income populations, child development, HIV – AIDS services and education, housing and legal services for the poor, environmental awareness, college entry preparation assistance, domestic violence and sanctuary centers, harm reduction education, grief counseling, medical and technical education centers and services, children & immigrant services, and more.

Although most of our clients have been based in Los Angeles and the greater Portland (Oregon) area, our assistance has stretched out to many other U.S. locations as well — most of which are small to medium size organizations with very limited budgets. (Yet, somehow, we almost always find a website solution within the clients’ budget and expectations!)

We would love the opportunity to work with you and your nonprofit organization. Please contact us for a price and more info.

* Sorry, we don’t work on political or religious causes.

We've Been Designing Nonprofit Websites

For More Than

Serving Nonprofits Since 2000



Relationship with Nonprofits

Dot Org Web Works is operated by Richard Hamel and is supported by his small network of talented associates within the website design, nonprofit marketing and communications field. We’re a small shop focusing only on nonprofit web design and development, so you can expect the personal attention and follow-through that is so lacking in the web development industry. A working relationship with DOWW is like having your very own webmaster on staff, employed only when website services are needed, done by those who really care about your nonprofit cause and nonprofit website.

Nonprofit Web Style & Sense

The development style we employ is an organic one. We steer clear of the unimaginative and boilerplate formats, which are often produced by commercial-minded web designers. Instead, we create custom branded, user-friendly, nonprofit website designs that communicate the important information of the nonprofit organization: comfortable, intuitive, with plenty of visuals and character. But our finished websites speak for themselves. Please take a moment to see our Portfolio.

Nonprofit Organization Website Design versus Commercial Websites: The Basics to Know

Yes, there is a difference between the two! That said, nonprofit organization websites do share some primary goals with that of its commercial counterpart. Both should be:

  1. well branded
  2. appealing and user-friendly
  3. able to generate interest into the organization’s product

But where the split occurs is that the commercial website targets the buyer of the product—who is almost always (save for gift cards) the end-user of the product. So when one is creating a website for the commercial sector, they are communicating to one audience: the buyer/user.

The nonprofit organization website, however, generally speaks to two audiences—usually split equally. One message is for the “product buyer” (the donor of the product or service) and the other message is to the user of the product (the people in need of the product or service—the client). And, this sort of split-branding can be a challenge.

In short, the nonprofit website’s end user—the client (e.g.: patient or victim of poverty and/or circumstances), their “user experience” (UE/UX) will not be buyer’s satisfaction or even return on social investment (ROsI), but on when, where, and how to obtain the product/service and how quickly they can access it. (Which, by the way, is also import to the product buyer/funder who considers overall user experience for clients as a reasonable ROsI.)

The donor to the nonprofit website, however, will most likely need to be approached differently. And that’s where Dot Org Web Works designs shines.

>> To learn more on this subject, please see: Nonprofit Website Designs Versus For-profit Websites.

  • Now for a bit of, shameless, self promotion…

OMG, I absolutely love the website design! …it is simply, fabulous! Richard, you have never disappointed me and you have always surpassed my expectations. Thanks for working with us on this project, can’t wait to show it to all concerned.

Deborah VillarVice President of Development and External AffairsWeingart Center for the Homeless (Los Angeles)

Working with DOWW was a great experience from start to finish. The website design has received many positive comments from our Board, staff and sister agencies. We knew we needed outside help so it was nice to feel we were in caring and experienced hands. The turnaround time was excellent and there was fast response and clear communication as we moved through the different planning and implementation phases.

Mariko KahnExecutive DirectorPacific Asian Counseling Services (Los Angeles)

I cannot stop looking at the new website. It looks so modern and professional. Wow.

Carlos RuizCommunications DirectorC.A.R.E. Program of Long Beach

DOWW’s services and staff response were lightning quick. I thought DSL was quick … the service by them was not only fast, but very thorough and imaginative. They addressed all of our concerns. The knowledgeable staff assisted us throughout the process of setting up our website, including content development. They were professional, courteous and answered all of our questions…Excellent design services at reasonable prices!

Mark CasanovaExecutive DirectorHomeless Health Care Los Angeles
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