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33 Nonprofit Mobile Websites

September 7, 2011

[tweetmeme] One in four Americans now access the Mobile Web daily, yet only a tiny fraction of nonprofits have a mobile website. I have been watching this trend for almost two years now and there’s seemingly been almost no progress in the use of mobile websites by the nonprofit sector in that time which at this point leaves me mostly baffled. The rise of QR Codes has helped some nonprofits understand the need for at least mobile-optimized web pages. A QR code that launches a desktop-designed web page in a mobile browser just doesn’t make sense. Neither does linking to desktop sites inside smartphone apps, in group text alerts, or on location-based communities like Foursquare and Gowalla. That said, I am a firm believer that a mobile website is the building block upon which to center your other mobile campaigns, but since January 2010 when I first featured 10 Nonprofit Mobile Websites, there hasn’t been much progress made.

My hypothesis as to why nonprofits are falling behind is that they think that adopting the Mobile Web is expensive or time-consuming, or they equate the mobile technology solely with text-to-give. Well, early adoption of the Mobile is not expensive and text-to-give should definitely not be a nonprofit’s entry point into mobile technology. That said, I think the word is finally starting to trickle out that mobile campaigns can be done on a shoestring budget and are accessible to all nonprofits. If your nonprofit is considering tapping into mobile technology, my advice to you would be to start a with a mobile website and then expand from there. Here are 33 nonprofit mobile websites to help get your creativity flowing:

1. 350.0rg :: m.350.org

2. Best Friends Animal Society :: m.bestfriends.org

3. British Museum :: m.britishmuseum.org

4. Child Fund International :: m.childfund.org

5. Children’s Medical Center of Dayton :: m.childrensdayton.org

6. Concern Worldwide :: m.concern.net

7. Cyber Bulling UK :: m.cyberbullying.co.uk

8. Dallas Art Museum :: dallasmuseumofart.mobi

9. Feeding America :: m.feedingamerica.org

10. Goodwill Industries International :: m.goodwill.org

11. Harvard Business Review :: m.hbr.org

12. Humane Society of the United States :: m.humanesociety.org

13. Hollywood Bowl :: m.hollywoodbowl.com

14. Jimmy Fund :: m.jimmyfund.org

15. Metropolitan Opera :: m.metoperafamily.org

16. Monterey Bay Aquarium :: m.montereybayaquarium.org

17. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art :: nelson-atkins.org/mobileguide

18. Nature Conservancy :: m.nature.org

19. National Geographic :: m.nationalgeographic.com

20. National Public Radio :: m.npr.org

21. Oceana :: m.oceana.org

22. Planned Parenthood :: m.plannedparenthood.org

23. Prairie State Legal Services :: m.pslegal.org

24. San Diego Zoo :: m.sandiegozoo.org

25.Save the Children:: m.savethechildren.org

26. Sharp HealthCare :: m.sharp.com

27. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum :: mobile.nasm.si.edu

28. Smithsonian National Postal Museum :: postalmuseum.si.edu/mobile

29. Soles4Souls :: m.soles4souls.org

30. Susan G. Komen for the Cure :: m.komen.org

31. Take Me Fishing :: takemefishing.org/mobile

32. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum :: ushmm.mobi

33. World Wildlife Fund :: worldwildlife.org/mobile

Related Links:
Webinar: How Nonprofits Can Successfully Utilize Mobile Websites, Group Texting and Text-to-Give Technology
Webinar: How Nonprofits Can Successfully Utilize Mobile Social Networking Tools and Location-Based Communities
Mobile Technology for Nonprofit Organizations LinkedIn Group

27 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2011 8:24 am

    Thanks for the update on mobile websites, Heather! Do you have any more examples, other than SONC, of regional or local organizations using mobile websites? Thanks again for all your work to support NPOs!

    Mike

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      March 22, 2011 8:27 am

      Nope. These are all I could find.:)

      • September 10, 2011 6:51 am

        Here is a local NPO with a clear, purposeful mobile website. Hope this helps!
        m.bowery.org

  2. March 24, 2011 11:10 pm

    A new trend in smartphones users is that they just scan a QR code for web address and is handled by their device. Nowadays it is not difficult to get a mobile website. You have a free mobile website account on any online software and get one developed in less than 10 minutes.

  3. April 1, 2011 12:30 pm

    I think mobile websites will certainly become a default tool like websites have become.

    It will be interesting to see some non profits embrace the format. For example, will a Zoo’s mobile site be interactive and share information related to exhibits while your walking around?

    Hopefully as well, a CMS platform,or wizard type tool can lower the barriers to entry for creating a mobile website. I’m under the assumption its more cost effective to collect donations via a website than a text to give campaign with a major carrier.

  4. July 28, 2011 3:46 pm

    Mobile websites are often forgotten in the rush to get onto the worldwide web!

    Yet how come charities and non-profits realise it and big players don’t?

  5. August 25, 2011 12:34 pm

    Really informative post. It’s generally not as hard as most people think, but there are good ways and bad way to accomplish the task.

  6. September 7, 2011 10:48 am

    Thanks for including us on your list! We believe that having the mobile website is critical in reaching out to our consumers: parents! We want them to be able to access our website on their smartphone and quickly get to the information they need!

  7. September 7, 2011 1:49 pm

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation hosts a mobile site – m.wish.org.

  8. Janis permalink
    September 7, 2011 2:24 pm

    Such wonderful creativity on those mobile sites – thank you for the links. I checked out each one on my cell to see what they looked like on the actual small screen. Very cool. I wasn’t pleased with the Dallas Museum of Art, though, because they do not let you use the back button to navigate away from their site (the only one of the 33 sites to do this). Not cool, being hijacked by a mobile site, and I hope they correct that.

    Would you (or any of your readers) care to recommend a WordPress plugin for a mobile site – or any other mobile site tips and tricks?

    • September 23, 2011 6:24 pm

      I agreed with you. All none profit sites should started to make the mobile edition for easier browsing from mobile or small touch screen.

      Janis, you can try “WPTouch”, “WPTab” plug-ins for making automatic mobile site for the mobile users. I’m testing on my personal WP blog, both are works great.
      😀

  9. September 7, 2011 8:48 pm

    Great Post!

    This trend is not only with non profits it is with a lot of industries, for example in the restaurant industry over 82% of restaurant websites dont work at all on mobile phones because they have too much flash or for other reasons.

    We have some great plans for non profits and for profit organizations, send us a note is you have any questions.

    You can read more about our product at http://www.brickandmobile.com

  10. Birgit Pauli-Haack permalink
    September 12, 2011 7:44 pm

    Most nonprofit website are not ready for the sharing web = social web either. Although some have sharing links, they do not check if their sites support the “Rich Snippets” Facebook, Google+, Storify, scoop and other SNS or curation tools provide. It makes a difference when in a stream with other richly shared posts.
    Now, if your nonprofit site needs an overhaul regarding rich snippets and basic SEO best practises, than it might be worth contemplating changing the plattform on which it is built.

    We, at the all-volunteer community network, Naples Free-Net have had great success with assisting other nonprofits who moved their sites to self-hosted WordPress instances. A great array of plugins & themes support the social web as well as the Mobile web and can be implemented within a few minutes, provide the accounts at the SNS are already set-up.

    Thank you for a great post with this awesome list of Mobile Web sites. It is very helpful!

  11. bob117 permalink
    September 14, 2011 11:55 am

    Тhank you for the post !

    http://cifrobyte.com/

  12. November 1, 2011 8:02 am

    Good article and good advice.

    UK cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, has a mobile site too m.macmillan.org.uk

  13. December 9, 2011 9:56 am

    At Treasure Coast Hospice in Florida, we just launched a mobile site, possibly the first non-profit hospice to do so. Hospice demographics skew toward the elderly, but we feel smartphones and tablets are exploding so quickly that we needed to jump into it so that we are there when our audience comes looking for us. We’re at m.TCHospice.org.

  14. June 10, 2012 3:11 am

    Great post. Mobile is definitely the way to go these days.

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