COVID-19 has touched almost every part of the world and has put the world in a state of emergency. Thousands have died around the world. Hundreds and thousands are suffering from illness. And for millions of others who have not caught the disease yet - our entire way of living has changed.

Alongside these dark sentiments, images of solidarity have risen. While the health workers, administrative bodies, and food delivery persons  are showing an incredible commitment and compassion towards their communities, it’s a battle we must all fight together living apart. But what can you do to help at the security of your own home? You can donate or create a platform for donations, as many are urgently seeking help in these uncertain times.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of foundations that struggle to get their message heard. A charity website is an ideal approach to reach out to people, clarify your motive, and encourage donations. This pandemic is a global fight that we will either win or lose together.

To stay by your side, in today’s article, we will cover everything you need to know to launch your charity site up and going in no time.

How to Create a Charity Website on Joomla

Creating a charity website in Joomla will require the following things:

  • Setting up Joomla: For a functional website
  • Domain name: Your website address
  • Hosting: The storage of your website’s files
  • Charity templates: Here, we will talk about the charity templates JoomShaper offers

Why Joomla is the Perfect Platform for Charity Websites

First thing first, why Joomla? Choosing the right Content Management System is an important decision you need to make in the early phase of your website design. For most charity websites, we would say your first port of call should be Joomla. It is a free and open-source CMS that is easy to use and highly customizable. What’s more? Joomla has fantastic communities that are active and always ready to support.

Get Your Web Presence

To launch your website online, you will need a domain name, and server space to host your site. A domain name is the name of your website, for example, joomshaper.com. Here, JoomShaper is the domain name. Try to choose a domain name that is easy to remember and describes what you do.

Purchase a domain name from GoDaddy, Namecheap, etc. or choose your preferred domain name provider. You can get a hosting package from the same domain provider or purchase your hosting space from companies like DigitalOcean, SiteGround, HostGator, etc.

You can find the basic guidelines to create a Joomla website HERE.

Choose the Perfect Template

The sooner you get your message out there, the more people you will be able to help. That’s why we recommend using a dedicated template. It saves you time, requires no coding knowledge, and gives you the flexibility to build a site in a mere 10 minutes.

The charity templates we offer are SEO optimized and created with the latest technology. Today, we would like to talk about them in detail so you can decide which one is right for you. So, take notes and choose one based on your requirements.

Hope

Hope

Hope is a modern, responsive, and full-fledged Joomla template that you can easily use to build charity websites for any NGOs, organizations, non-profits, fund-raising, social worker groups, and other related projects.

We developed Hope on top of JoomShaper’s Helix3 framework with all the great technologies to maximize your website’s success. The Quickstart pack of Hope comes with the complete website set up that can be used to create an impactful, professional-looking site in no time.

Notable Features of Hope

  • 2 homepage variations
  • Dedicated pages for volunteers and causes
  • Frontend live customization
  • Donation, article, social media, and upcoming event addons
  • Translation & RTL ready, Retina ready
  • SP Page Builder Pro
  • Engaging blog

Hope also comes with a fully functional donation box on each Cause page to give the visitor quick access to the donation system (PayPal/PayPal Giving Fund). The main goal of the template is to create a user-friendly interface so that people can make donations easily.

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Giver

Giver

Giver is a comprehensive Joomla template for fundraising, donation & non-profit organizations of any size. It is built with SP Page Builder Pro so you can make and alter pages utilizing its front-end drag-and-drop live editing system.

To save time and resources, we recommend using the installer package. But if you are not feeling it, the template also offers you ample personalization options to build any relevant websites with minimum effort.

Notable Features of Giver

  • Donation campaign & donation form
  • Front-end live customizations
  • Volunteers & team members
  • Charity program showcase
  • Dynamic statistics
  • Engaging blog
  • Testimonial sliders

There's a self-explanatory donation form to collect donations from interested donors easily. All you have to do is add your preferred payment gateway (PayPal, PayPal Giving Fund, etc. ) to collect payments with the help of your developers. The template aims to act as a bridge to connect people and help each other in need. Go ahead, give this template a try and support your community in this tough time.

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What Content is Suitable for Your Fundraising Site

We can’t stress enough about the quality of the content of a charity site. No matter how amazing the site looks, in the end, the content is the king. It should reciprocate your motive leaving no doubts in the mind of donors. Here is a list of the few things to keep in mind while creating your content:

  1. Introduce your organization and explain what it does very clearly.
  2. Inform people where and how their donations are making a difference.
  3. Utilize the Blog section of our template to regularly update people about your work and strengthen your support base.

A charity foundation site needs to create content with an end goal in mind. And the goal should always be to help people in need.

Final Words

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people. Move your helping hand forward whenever you can, and also do not forget to ask for help if you need it.

It’s a tough time, but we hope our charity templates will make it easier for you to communicate with the donors during COVID-19. Not only COVID-19, but the upside of building a charity website is also the possibility that we build a more humane system that leaves us stronger in the face of future pandemics and other approaching crises. Stay safe, stay home, and don’t forget to share your feedback in the comment section. Good day!

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