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Designing for Online Engagement

When it comes to nonprofit communications, it’s no small challenge to capture an organization’s strategy and spirit. As communicators, we’re engaged in an ongoing effort to connect audiences to what matters to them—what they value—by expressing the many tangible and intangible ways nonprofits and foundations make a positive difference for people and the planet. And at the center of this effort for nearly every nonprofit is their website—the most accessible and valuable tool in their communications strategy.

So, how can social impact organizations create brand experiences online that more effectively engage audiences with their missions? How do we translate complex strategies, ideas, and values into digital communications that move us forward? And how can we be more strategic, more collaborative, and less subjective in the creative process?

In this workshop, led by Matthew Schwartz, Founder & Executive Director of social impact design agency Constructive, you’ll learn what it takes to create more engaging, online brand experiences for audiences—exploring strategies and exercises that will align your content, design, and use of technology with the underlying value in your nonprofit’s brand.


  • Why design is so important to effective communications
  • How brand strategy improves the design process
  • Why embracing “brand value” is essential for nonprofit organizations
  • What social impact experience design is and why it matters
  • How to frame communications decisions within a brand strategy
  • Brand experience design workshop activities

Intended Audience

CEOs, executive directors, upper management
Fundraising & development staff
Marketing, communications, external affairs

Designing Your Brand for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Headed to ComNet18 in San Francisco?

Get there early and register for our pre-conference workshop, With All Due Respect: Designing Your Brand for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

What You’ll Learn:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are ubiquitous values in the social impact sector, increasingly emphasized in organizational and programmatic strategies. But are the branding and design choices that define the experiences social change brands create for their audiences contradicting these important values? And as a result of failures to embody a commitment to DEI, are organizations missing valuable opportunities to connect with new communities, partners, and funders?

Join our brand strategy and design team leads for a presentation and discussion on how your organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies are translated into meaningful messaging, design, and experiences—from the big picture down to the smallest, seemingly minor details. You’ll learn the fundamental underlying principles of designing for DEI to share with your team, and actionable ideas for incorporating these values into your external communications and design process.

You can reserve your spot here.

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