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How Drupal drives impact and engagement for non-profits

How Drupal drives impact and engagement for non-profits
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The internet, a repository of collective knowledge, has revolutionized nearly every aspect of human life, enabling individuals worldwide. Its reach extends far and wide, offering not only commercial opportunities but also serving as a beacon of hope for non-profit organizations.

As a non-profit organization, you are serving a major role in the society. It is pivotal for you to succeed in your mission so that all of us can succeed together.

That is why, when building a digital ecosystem, you must ensure that the backbone of your digital infrastructure is as strong as your motives. This is where Drupal outshines all other platforms out there.

Drupal isn't just a content management system; it's a powerful platform tailored to meet the unique needs of non-profit organizations. With a suite of features designed to streamline operations, enhance security, and expand reach, Drupal enables non-profits to maximize their impact in the digital landscape. Recently, Drupal also achieved recognition as a Digital Public Good which makes it the best choice for building a digital presence in the public sector, educational, and social-impact organizations as it adds a significant value.

What do Rotary International, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity International, and World Vision International have in common, apart from the fact that they’re all non-profits? - All of them leveraged Drupal for their Digital presence.

According to Drupal Organization, “Drupal is the open-source CMS choice for some of the world’s most influential nonprofits to create, customize, and amplify their mission in order to effect real-world change.”

Benefits that make Drupal an indispensable tool for non-profits

benefits of drupal for non-profits

Simplified content authoring experience: With Drupal’s CKEditor, you can efficiently organize and manage your content without any dependencies on the development teams. Drupal comes with modules that enable content moderation that prevents unauthorized or malicious publishing of content.

Accessible for all:  Drupal community has provided features that make platforms built on Drupal accessible to all. Coming with a host of different accessibility modules, Drupal allows customization according to the needs of your audience amplifying your reach and impact.

Component-based UI/UX flexibility: With PHP templates replaced by Twig templates, Drupal gives the flexibility of having a component-based design that allows editors to create and update pages with a simple drag-and-drop function.

Enhances Security: Drupal brings to the table various Modules that will add a few extra layers of enhanced security measures ensuring trust within your community with robust security measures that protect your user data.

Tailored online presence: Having features like anonymous targeting, UTM targeting, and one of the most comprehensive customer data trackers, you can be assured that the experience you are offering to your audience is personalized for their consumption which enables to create awareness of the cause, and build trust.

Supports multiple languages: The amount of language data that Drupal can process is unmatched in the industry. Allowing you to communicate to a wider audience in a much more comprehensive manner. Having features like translating site interfaces and language negotiations, Drupal is built in a way that it can handle 94 different languages. Modules like content translation and interface translation add to the multi-lingual support.

Responsive designs: With as much as 92.6 percent of the global internet population accessing the web through their mobile devices, it becomes important for you to have the needed fluidity in your ecosystem. The latest versions of Drupal boast not just a mobile-friendly approach, but rather a mobile-first approach.

Cost-effective solutions: Drupal’s open-source makes it easier for developers to implement web solutions tailored to your needs by reducing development and maintenance costs.

Scalability: As your mission grows, you won’t have to switch to a different content ecosystem because Drupal is built to scale. Its scalability and flexibility functionality make it easy to add new features, functionalities, and integrations as needed ensuring sustainability.

Search Engine Optimized: Coming out of the box with some optimization tools, you can be assured that Drupal will help you spread your message to as many users as possible. This will help you reach a wider audience by optimizing your content for search engines.

Third-party integrations: Having a plethora of modules that integrate with third-party vendors, Drupal provides a holistic framework, giving you features like analytics and reporting, omnichannel marketing automation, email marketing, social media tracking, and much more.

Multisite support: Bringing multiple platforms under one umbrella, Drupal multisite allows you to run several platforms from a single platform. Allowing you to have the same core code, contributed modules, and themes. All this while lowering your cost of ownership, giving you centralized management. This also lets you have efficient upgrades throughout your ecosystem.

Drupal Migration: Upgrading to Drupal’s latest version gives you access to modern, powerful tech that's perfect for today's users. Experience reimagined content authoring, an improved UI, simpler workflows, and alignment with evolving market dynamics.

Improved brand perception: Enhancing your brand’s credibility with a user-centric design considering the unique needs of the segment.

Robust site management and maintenance: Streamlining operations and maintenance for seamless performance and reliability. Prioritizing a robust user testing and feedback process, ensuring the effectiveness of solutions.

Essential Drupal modules to elevate your digital platform’s functionality

Modules are packages of PHP files that add certain requisite functionality for your vertical. Letting you pick and choose from a vast library of custom-built solutions, you can be sure that you’ll find a module for your specific need.

drupal modules for non-profits

Here are some basic modules you should add right away:

Menu: This module allows you to place links within the space of your platform and sort them categorically, thus providing ease of navigation for the user.

Views: This module enables the administrator to create dynamic, customized lists that can be displayed in your content.

Drupal commerce: One of the biggest revenue streams, receiving donations for your non-profit cause can be achieved with ease.

Media module: This module allows you to have your digital media repository in one place, giving you the power to manage your content with much ease.

You can also choose from several themes that come out of the box. Or you can also build one from scratch on your Drupal platform.

The advantage of Drupal distributions

Drupal distributions are pre-made packages that give you customized solutions for your specific initiative. Offering copies of Drupal-made , different distributions cater to different needs of the developer.

This lets you come up with quick, functional, and organized pre-made features ready for deployment, with additional customization.

A free and open-source Drupal distribution, OpenAid is designed to help cause-driven organizations create fully operational platforms, effectively promoting their work and mobilizing their supporters.

CityGroups is a searchable public directory, that lets the user search for communities based on location or interests.

Giving power back to the masses, Open Outreach, another stunning distribution, gives the grassroots organization a fully functional platform with tools for events, blogging, and social media solutions.

A step further from Open Outreach, there is another distribution, Watershed Now, which adds fundraising capabilities, online advocacy, and geo-mapping.

QED42’s impact on non-profit initiatives with Drupal

Overhauling the digital landscape of ADA with Drupal 10 & multisite architecture

ADA revamped its online presence using the multisite capabilities we created. Our team successfully developed cohesive and intuitive platforms for ADA and its users, incorporating cutting-edge technologies and adhering to industry-leading practices in Drupal development.

The outcomes of the project include scalability of its digital infrastructure, unique designs for its audience, centralized content management, and robust security of user data.

ADA Website

Building Drupal-powered knowledge management platform for UNICEF

UNICEF revolutionized its knowledge sharing and collaboration within the organization with our digital solutions. We established a robust workflow that simplifies access to information across various websites. Content authors now have the flexibility to create and update information.

The outcomes of the project include easy accessibility of resources, customized features tailored to meet specific requirements, and robust security to protect sensitive information.

UNICEF Website Mockups

We have also deployed digital solutions among other non-profits which resulted in simplified content management, data mapping, robust site management, improved brand perception, tailored online presence, and easy accessibility.

How can we help you?

With a deep understanding of the unique needs of non-profits, we specialize in creating a visually stunning, accessible, and user-friendly digital presence that inspires action and fosters connections.

Our customizable Drupal solutions facilitate content authoring & workflow, third-party integrations, moderation tools, potential cost savings, end-to-end support, data collection, and security.

From responsive design to seamless integration of donation portals, you can leverage the full potential of your online presence to make a lasting impact in your communities and beyond!

Talk to our experts to know more about how we can customize Drupal solutions that fit your needs.

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