Friends of UNFPA • Nonprofit
Health & Dignity for Women & Girls Everywhere.
When UNFPA was facing federal defunding in 2016, they needed to greatly expand their giving channels to offset the effects. We worked with them in creating a new website that focused on converting visitors into donors.
Web Design
As the fundraising arm of the United Nations Population Fund, Friends of UNFPA’s mission serves women and children all over the world, and the work that they do is tremendous. UNFPA supplies 500 million couples with contraception each year, they provided over 16 million women and girls with reproductive health care services, counseling, and family planning services during humanitarian emergencies in 2016, and have saved the lives of over 93,000 mothers during childbirth since 2014. And that’s just the beginning.
The Threat of Defunding

When we first connected with Friends of UNFPA, they were under threat of defunding by the Trump administration, and needed to massively expand their individual giving channels in order to sustain their organization after the defunding, which eventually came to fruition on April 3rd, 2017.

Creating a Partner Site

Design and branding-wise, Friends of UNFPA needed to be clearly associated with the official UNFPA site. We looked to that parent site for color palette, structure, and general aesthetic, making sure we were keeping in line with their branding.

Broadcasting the Latest News
While the site is unique in design from the main UNFPA site, we kept a lot of the branding elements and structure elements so that the association between the two sites were clear and uniform. We also created a feature that allows Friends of UNFPA to pull in news stories from the main UNFPA site using an RSS feed, which keeps Friends of UNFPA as up-to-date and relevant as the main site.
A Website for a New Era
Because Friends of UNFPA was going to lose federal funding, they needed a modern, highly functional website that could draw in a wide variety of users to help communicate the impact of the amazing work being done by their organization and motivate individuals to support their organization. It also had to be up to the most modern SEO standards and structured for the best possible organic traffic listings.
Expanding the Giving Channels
The most important task at hand: expanding giving channels in order to offset the effects of defunding. Because UNFPA covers such a wide array of services to people all over the world, it felt important that we give proper acknowledgement to each of their focus areas. We turned what was once just a general giving form that encompassed the entire organization into several different focus areas that each had their own giving page.
Other ways to Give
The Friends of UNFPA has an incredibly robust “How to Help” menu that includes eight different pages containing various ways users can support the organization. This, paired with a giving page for every focus area, optimized the Friends of UNFPA to successful funnel users toward their many giving channels.
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Maggie Nugent
Content Director
Orion Alden
Ben Blodgett
Technical Lead
Milos Misic
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When Friends of UNFPA faced the threat of defunding in 2016, we were happy to lend our expertise. The result is a dynamic site that combines the power of storytelling with calls to action to donate, giving users a stark and powerful look at the work UNFPA is doing. When potential donors can see the direct impact of their dollars, they’re far more likely to give. This project was a success story in ramping up giving channels in order to sustain an incredible organization during a particularly tough time.
Alex Morse
CEO, side • sea
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