I love working with small organizations that make a significant impact in their community. Mountain River Youth Ranch does just that. Their equine program supports struggling and at-risk children, ages 6-18.
When kids (and their parents or guardians) visit the ranch, they’re matched with a gentle, “retired” horse and a human mentor. During their session, children participate in a variety of activities: working with/riding horses, crafts, games, helping on the ranch and life skills. The program is free of charge for participants.
The Blogging Bistro team recently had the honor of revamping the Mountain River Youth Ranch logo and website. Actually, we began working with Mountain River several years ago, when we upgraded their DIY website by customizing a WordPress theme.
This year, the non-profit organization decided to take their website to the next level, and asked us to design and develop a custom, mobile-friendly website that would attract new program participants and new donors.
We started by updating their logo design.
In 2008, when Mountain River was founded, a local artist painted a design that reflected their mission:
The new logo we designed for them retains the key elements from the original logo. We kept the girl and the horse with the mountain and river. We added the moon which shines its light during the darkest hours – the singular goal of Mountain River’s ministry.
What we did next is really cool – you may want to consider having this type of logo designed for your own business or organization.
We designed what I call a “pull-apart” logo, which allows Mountain River Youth Ranch to “pull apart” various elements of their logo for specific uses, such as on t-shirts, mugs, signage, web-based marketing collateral, letterhead, etc.
Here are the various logo elements:
Icon, (color version above), black and white version pictured here:
Visit their website, and you’ll see that the header features the full logo with their tagline above it.
We had the BEST time selecting pictures for the Mountain River Youth Ranch website, as they provided us with many delightful candids, taken by a professional photographer who supports their organization. Our graphic designer added sepia tones and ragged edges in keeping with the website’s Western ranch theme.
The site features six main pages plus nine sub-pages. Featured in the header (which displays on each page) are links to key pages:
As with all websites the Blogging Bistro team creates, this WordPress site incorporates responsive design, meaning that the design “responds” to whatever device the user is viewing it on, and works perfectly on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.
“We love the website and get compliments daily!”
Looking for a non-profit for your year-end donation?
If you’re looking for a worthy cause for your year-end tax-deductible donation, I highly recommend Mountain River Youth Ranch. They are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
While everyone at the ranch donates their time, the organization needs $15,000 per year to maintain their facility and programs, feed the horses, and continue serving children and families at no cost to them.
Visit Mountain River Youth Ranch’s website to donate by credit card, check, or money order.
Thinking of revamping your website in 2016?
Blogging Bistro specializes in creating custom, responsive WordPress websites for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and non-profit organizations. Contact Laura Christianson to schedule your free, no-obligation needs assessment.
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