Outreach, Education, and Fundraising: Public
. We need a Public Announcement section to highlight upcoming events, such as festivals, fundraisers, education outreach opportunities and other news and events. Possible topics: In the news, practice times, event info, emergency schedule changes, featured stories, our mission statement, etc.
. We cannot fulfill our mission without the support of family, friends, sponsors, and donors. Fundraising efforts in support of our mission will be enhanced through a sponsorship and donation information section. We need a website design that helps us prominently display sponsor logos and links, and helps us highlight our many supporters.
. A consistently placed donor button/link on most pages is also important to our website. We use GiveMN for online donations.
. The site needs to support multiple platforms (PC, Mac, iPad, mobile devices).
Member Support: Private
. We would like a more seamless solution that connects our website and our internal communications. We started with a webpage in WordPress and a Facebook page. We added a standard closed (members only) Yahoo Group for sharing information about events, training, equipment, practices, member polls, photos from events, fundraisers, and documents from our various committees and board. While it functions, it is not an optimal solution.
. We would appreciate a password protected, "members only" section, with multiple access levels. As an all-volunteer organization, it is important that each Diva be able to contribute directly to private informal discussions, containing anything and everything that members want to talk about, organized by discussion topic which can be stated by any member. Think LinkedIn. It is also important that each Diva be able to initiate polls and surveys (minimizing postage), upload (and download) photos and documents, and add birthdays or events to an online calendar.
. The ability to maintain secure membership and donor information databases online would be a great help. Each year we track membership and event registrations, including a member directory with contact information and picture, medical waivers, festival interest and commitment, and other information. It would be wonderful if online member and donor data could be updated by any individual member with proper access.
. We need a better system for uploading, downloading, cataloging and storing photos from our many events. Currently we use our Yahoo Group and Snapfish to manage photos. Snapfish does not allow direct download.
. As an all-volunteer organization, we need a content management system that is easy to learn, easy to use, and accessible by multiple members, anytime, from anywhere, by multi-access levels. Members can respond to the internal discussion area. Administrators can make changes to public and internal areas.
. An efficient search utility is essential, as we have many events, activities, discussions, and documents to track, on both the public and private sections.
. We would prefer a website that we can easily support ourselves, and for which there are good resources for post-event technical support and education, as we have limited technical and financial resources and a minimal technology budget.
Our Wish List
. We would like to have a consistent look across our website and Facebook pages.
. We may need graphic design assistance to help us with our logo.
. It would be great if we could also have media support for video.
Thank you for this opportunity! We would be thrilled to have a new website designed by professional nerds. We need your expertise, wisdom, and creativity to help us turn survivors into thrivers.