Hants County Christmas Angels Society
The Hants County Christmas Angels Society is a long-standing charity based in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Begun in the late 1970’s, it has undergone numerous changes over the years. Focusing the majority of its fundraising efforts on one annual Telethon, the Christmas Angels raises money to help local families and children celebrate Christmas.
The challenge: nonprofit web design
When I began revamping the Christmas Angels website nearly four years ago, it was difficult to view and manage, and had had a number of security breaches. The content management system (CMS) hadn’t been updated in years–this, by the way, is a no-no in website management.
As with many nonprofits, a big part of the challenge is that the volunteer base of the group doesn’t always have a member with the technical skills necessary to create or manage a website. Creating a website that has a lot of impact and yet is also reasonably easy to pass on to another volunteer’s hands is incredibly challenging.
This website is still a work in progress, particularly as the group itself has passed their 40th year of operations and continues to evolve, including compiling a historical record of the actions and support the Christmas Angels has provided to the community since 1977.
And don’t forget, their annual Telethon is the first Sunday of every December! 🙂