Websites for Good started in 1998 to serve those who are trying to use the Web wisely, efficiently, and painlessly to promote their good work in the world.
When you call our offices, chances are you’ll talk to me. I’m Margaret Rode, and I started the company out of a drafty spare bedroom in 1998 after a rewarding career path through great organizations like Apple, Hughes Aircraft, and Worldwide Partners.
Why the detour? Because of an obsession that wouldn’t let me go.
In my 30s, I volunteered for several non-profit organizations and saw firsthand how they struggled to work miracles with almost no resources at all. I saw people with small businesses sweating bullets — often sacrificing their own time and quality of life — to save the lives of a few abused kids, to resolve conflict, or to push back against people wrecking their corner of the environment with impunity. Not only did most not know how to use the Web to find support for their efforts, but often they couldn’t afford it, as they were already scraping the bottom of the donation jar, just to run off a few flyers at the copy shop.
Teeny-tiny businesses – someone’s dream, painstakingly built – weren’t faring much better. They knew the Web was out there, but didn’t know how to tap into it. So they’d hire a web geek who spoke an impenetrable vernacular, charge them five figures for a small, simple site, then disappear.
A hundred times a week, I thought to myself: “This is just ALL kinds of wrong.”
The more I saw, the more it pissed me off and kept me awake at night. So I quit my job and built a business as a web sherpa. One client at a time, I worked with good people to build websites that helped them reach supporters and donors and buyers and friends. I taught them how to maintain their own sites, and set up social media, guiding them through the chaos of online marketing. And I watched them grow. And you know what? There’s no substitute for knowing you’re making a difference with your life energy, rather than just putting in your time until retirement. It’s risky being self-employed, and the hours can sometimes be crazy. But working with passionate, COMpassionate people makes it seriously easy to leap out of bed every morning.
Now, 17 years later, Websites for Good is a collective of talented, seasoned web design professionals who are as kind and passionate as they are smart. We have a still-growing global client list chock full of great organizations, and my new obsession is with counting the millions of lives we’re helping to make better…and plan to in the years ahead.
Drop me a line and say hello. We offer a free, no-pressure-at-all 30-minute consultation to talk about where you are, where you’d like to be, and all the different creative ways to get there.
(Plus, truth be told, I love hearing from folks trying to do good in the world. It absolutely makes my day.)