In keeping with TopNonprofits mission of “Learning from the Best Organizations and Leaders,” we set out to find and study the best nonprofit websites from around the world. Below is the resulting list of the top 20.

There are all sorts of nuggets you can glean from these great websites, but a few common themes stood out.

  1. Responsive (automatically adapting to different screen sizes) is non-negotiable.
  2. The long home page: Provide a 10,000 foot view without having to click.
  3. Fewer options on primary navigation.
  4. Animated backgrounds are growing in popularity. See Memphis Zoo and Volunteers for America for examples.
  5. Subtle and clear infographics communicate more than text.
  6. Good photos and graphics are a must.

The following 20 websites are listed in alphabetical order.

Acumen

URL: acumen.org

Web design by: BriteWeb

Amnesty International

URL: amnesty.org

Web design by: Unknown

Case Foundation

URL: casefoundation.org

Web design by: Creatve Science

Conservation International

URL: conservation.org/

Web design by: Viget

Greenpeace USA

URL: greenpeace.org/usa

Web design by: Echo & Co. and Teal Media

Invisible Children

URL: invisiblechildren.com

Web Design by: Brandon Bone & Maurice Rosemond (In House)

Livestrong

URL: livestrong.org

Web design by: Unknown

Memphis Zoo

URL: memphiszoo.org

Web design by: Speak

Nashville Zoo

URL: nashvillezoo.org

Web design by: Speak

One Campaign

URL: one.org

Web Design by: Unknown

National Parks Conservation Association

URL: npca.org

Web design by: Threespot

Natural Resources Defense Council

URL: nrdc.org

Web design by: Unknown

Paws Chicago

URL: pawschicago.org

Web design by: customedialabs

Volunteers of America

URL: voa.org

Web design by: Viget

Walk Free

URL: walkfree.org

Web design by: Unknown

World Wildlife Fund

URL: worldwildlife.org

Web design by: Viget