Website Construction (CMS-Based)


By Lindsey D.

Development Director

Posted Jan 11, 2018


This project will save us $12,802 , 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 using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch
  • Note: This project is for a website built with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal. A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)

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!

  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

Prep: Share Information
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an outline of the Organization’s needs and goals for the new website, which should include any specific features that are required (e.g., contact forms, mobile responsive design, member sign in, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides approved content and images to be used for the new website (e.g., About Us copy, Mission Statement, staff bios and images, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with links to any existing online presence that the Organization has (e.g., social media, blog, existing website, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host, if necessary
Milestone 1: Kick-off Discussion
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the timeline and scope of the website project, including: the number of pages or sections for the new website, specific features and plugins requires, look and feel for the website (themes), target date for initial review, target date for website launch
  • Professional reviews information provided and makes recommendations for which CMS application to use
  • Volunteer Manager signs up for the selected CMS application, and provides Professional with credentials to create the website
Milestone 2: Build and Review
  • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to build the website
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the in-progress website and provides feedback
  • Professional completes any required functional QA
Milestone 3: Website Launch
  • Professional provides final website for approval to launch
  • Volunteer Manager approves the website for launch, or requests approval from any stakeholders
  • 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 and maintain the website going forward
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience building and managing websites with CMS applications such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal (providing examples of websites you have developed is recommended)
  • Proficient with HTML and CSS
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Clear understanding of the goals for the website and target audience
  • Approved content and images for the new website, and an idea of the look and feel you want for your website (e.g., providing examples of other websites you like is recommended)
  • An active domain name and web host (or budget to sign up with a web host)
  • Ability to sign up for a CMS application, such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal; and budget to pay for the selected application (if applicable - some CMS applications offer free plans)
  • A staff member who can dedicate time to working on this project, and who can be trained on how to maintain and update the website going forward

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.