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How to get a website for your not-for-profit group

Having your own website can, if you are not careful, become a costly experience.

And given that not-for-profit groups often operate on tight budgets and small margins, they can ill-afford to be ploughing good money after bad into a fancy website with all the bells and whistles.

The good news is that in some parts of Australia, there are facilities available that allow selected not-for-profit groups to grab a slice of the "web pie".

After years of government initiatives focused around this area, they're now getting fewer and far between as organisations are forced to work out how to do it themselves.

Luckily, we're here to help you do it. Easier and cheaper.


A List of Free Website Options for Not-For-Profit Groups

  • South Australia's Community Website Project is a joint initiative of the Office for Volunteers and the School of Communication and Information Studies at the University of South Australia.
According to the project, it "provides volunteer groups [and not-for-profits generally] with the opportunity to have a web page designed and incorporated onto a host site on the Internet free of charge."
It operates by linking IT students at the University of South Australia to community based volunteer groups which do not presently have a website. A web page (or more; some of the sites have two or three pages) is then designed according to the needs of the group. All sites created are posted on a new website: http://www.communitywebs.org for a period of 12 months.

There are costs involved if you wish to continue with the same site after the first year.

  • Web Hosts Australia's community program offers free website hosting for Australian Not-For-Profit and Charitable organisations. The program is looking to give back to the community by providing this service to "clubs and societies, charities, amateur sporting organisations and clubs, local societies and special interest groups."
The package requires that your website display one of the Web Hosts Australia banners on your site.

For more information check out: http://www.webhostsaustralia.com.au/community.html

  • SiteFresh offers pro-bono website design for not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia. The website states that "if you are a registered non-profit organisation, SiteFresh will design a standard website of up to three pages to your specifications, completely free of charge!"
For more information on this program visit: http://www.sitefreshwebdesign.com.au/pro-bono-website-design

  • If you have (or can get your hands on) some basic web-building skills Wordpress.com is another site that not-for-profit organisations might find useful. It provides a cost-effective platform to build and run your website.
At the most basic level, wordpress.com is free, and this will allow you to run a website using their domain name (yourgroup.wordpress.com) with some useful features including a donations button that links either directly to your GiveNow.com.au page or PayPal.

The Wordpress.com option will begin to cost money as you look to personalise your website.

For more information visit: www.wordpress.com

  • Similar to Wordpress, Weebly.com can offer an affordable platform to build a website for your not-for-profit group.
Although prices range, Weebly does offer a basic level membership that is free of charge and provides you with the tools required to kick-start the online profile of your group.

To find out more, visit https://www.weebly.com/editor/onboarding.php

More and more do-it-yourself website companies are cropping up every day. The list of these companies goes beyond this page, so before you decide which one to choose do a web search for new initiatives that will help you build a strong online profile for your not-for-profit group.

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