Shine the Light Case Study: Outbox Design

Shine the Light! is LightCMS's ongoing program of giving where we partner with web designers around the world to donate websites to deserving non-profit organizations in their communities. Today, I'd like to share with you about one such Shine the Light! project created by Jonathan McCoy at Outbox Design.

Jonathan chose to benefit Peru Mission with his donation. Jonathan was kind enough to answer a few questions about his Shine the Light! project. See below for more about his great work. First, here's a quick look at Peru Mission's new site.

Q&A with Jonathan McCoy

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
Over the last decade I've had the opportunity to work in a range of non-profit environments and in the process have developed a passion for helping organizations better connect and engage people with their causes through design and marketing. At Outbox, we work with visionary organizations to tell their stories and extend their reach through print and online media. We love working with non-profits because by partnering with them we're helping to make the world a better place.

Why did you choose this non-profit organization?
Peru Mission is a unique organization that is whole-heartedly committed to creating a sustainable, holistic urban ministry throughout Peruvian communities. We have had the joy of working alongside them for several years in both printed and online initiatives, so when creating their new website on the LightCMS platform, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to nominate them for the Shine the Light! program.

What inspires you most about their work?
I'm inspired by the vision of Peru Mission. Although founded by just a handful of individuals with a heart for planting churches in Peru, it has grown into a holistic ministry that meets peoples' needs through a range of activities such as meeting medical needs for families, offering hope to women entrepreneurs through micro-finance loans, planting vibrant urban churches, and reaching university students through outreach. Peru Mission is also fully committed to training and growing the next generation of national leaders.

How did you go about addressing the specific needs of this organization?
Peru Mission is multi-faceted and they have a lot going on. It is vitally important to keep its supporter base informed of the good work happening. So, we used LightCMS's built-in blog functionality to create a collection of blogs dedicated to each area of their ministry. These blogs create individual feeds targeted at specific ministries but also show up in an overall news feed showcasing all the work happening across the minsitry.

What was unique about this project?
The site was originally built on a different CMS platform which required too much additional HTML and CSS maintenance for ongoing updates. LightCMS was a great alternative for Peru Mission because it combined the feature set needed while making updates as simple as possible for team members who aren't familiar with HTML.

A Few Words from the Benefited Organization

We also asked Caleb Sutton, Communications Director for Peru Mission, if he would tell us about how this new website is helping his organization. Here's a bit of what he had to say.

"We love our new site. It gives us a one-stop place on the Web for people to learn about what we do and to get involved. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to partner with us, and this website allows us to do just that.

We also love how easy it is to use! Not all of our team members are tech-savvy, so having a platform that is easy to manipulate is crucial if we are going to be consistent in putting up fresh content. The LightCMS platform has demystified website editing for us. A big part of this is the blog platform LightCMS offers. Since we have so many diverse ministries, blog tags allow us to easily categorize our news so that supporters can quickly read what interests them the most."

To find out more about how you can participate in LightCMS's Shine the Light! program, please visit our LightCMS giving page.