Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
Improving a Website to Improve the Community
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) is a rock for the regions surrounding Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. So when they needed a website update and an interactive annual report, we immediately said yes. The project turned into a great learning experience – and the perfect way to help this community facet.
Granting Website Wishes
DSACF wanted to eliminate any barriers from their grants and scholarships. Their updated site needed to make finding them easier. We built out a search database that simplified the process. For scholarships, users could use a search bar or pick their exact high school and find offerings. The grants page gave visitors a handy calendar so they could see application deadlines. The final product was a site that served the community in the most efficient way.
Interactive Annual Report
In 2022, WDIO captured the DSACF Touchstone Award winners’ stories through video. There was just no way to share them well through a printed annual report. We directed them toward creating an interactive site. Yes, the design costs would be higher but the printing costs would be eliminated saving them money overall. They jumped on board.
So we jumped on design and development.
The new interactive annual report is fresh, informative, and easy to use. Instead of just scrolling down, a horizontal slider allows users to scroll side to side. This unveils stories and videos from Ely to the Apostle Islands. There is navigation directions throughout so any user can follow. The results are an annual report that reflects the upward trajectory of the region DSACF serves.