Website Construction (CMS-Based)


By Lindsey D.

Development Director

Posted Jan 11, 2018

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This project will save us $5,250, allowing us to allowing us to put those funds into our programs that currently support 33 environmental organizations in the region...

What We Need

  • Development of a new website based on one of the available CMS website templates (such as Wordpress, Squarespace, or Drupal)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch.
  • Note: Only includes websites built on CMS based platforms. This is not a website from scratch.

How This Will Help

Your website is everything. We desperately need a website that is goal driven and produces results for our organization. We are currently floundering in this department and missing out on critical opportunities to raise awareness and funds.

What We Have In Place

We currently have a wordpress based site which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a recent website audit and directive for redesign and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

We don't have a boss! We are a Collective, meaning each member of the Collective has an equal vote and we use a consensus method for making decisions in our organization. The Collective currently has 4 members and we are all women!

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 40-60 hours over 1-2 months
    Organizations: 6-8 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)
  • Requirements: This project requires a short interview with the organization. If your application is accepted, you'll receive an email from Catchafire with instructions to schedule a call.

Project Steps

  • Prep: Distribution of prep materials
    • Link to existing online presence if applicable (website, blog, social media)
    • Specific content to seed the new website
    • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host if necessary
  • Milestone 1: Information gathering
    • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss goals, target audience, and align expectations
  • Milestone 2: Implementation
    • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to begin construction
    • Professional garners feedback from Volunteer Manager and implements appropriate changes prior to site launch
  • Milestone 3: Site launch
    • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
    • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
    • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content going forward
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Web development experience
  • Proficient with HTML and CSS
  • Experience with CMS, such as: Wordpress, Squarespace, Tumblr and Drupal
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Clear understanding of the goals for the website and target audience
  • Specific content (copy and visual) to seed the new website
  • For customized websites which don't utilize an existing template,
  • An active domain name and web host (or budget to sign up with a web host)
  • If using an existing web host, access to your web service or admin portal and ability to share access with Professional (for example, if you use a Content Management System such as Wordpress, Squarespace, or Drupal; please provide access for Professional to the admin portal)
  • A dedicated staff member available for training and the resources to update the blog regularly

Our Mission

Trees Foundation’s mission is to restore the ecological integrity of California’s North Coast by empowering and assisting regional community-based conservation and restoration projects.

What We Do

Trees Foundation currently supports 33 visionary grassroots environmental organizations whose work spans from the Bay Area all the way into southern Oregon. We support our Partners in Conservation and Restoration through the following programs: Fiscal Sponsorship Program: provides 501c(3) non-profit status and operational support to numerous budding organizations Professional Support: GIS, graphic design, fundraising and budgeting Donor Advised Grants: has awarded over $1 million in regional grants; Forest & River News: quarterly publication providing conservation news to the public, grassroots organizations, and activists to educate and share advocacy, restoration models, and lessons learned.