Columbia Riverkeeper

Helping a local environmental group effectively engage the community

Columbia Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it. Their previous website lacked intuitive navigation, and no longer reflected the organization’s brand. They desperately needed a site that told a compelling story, allowed visitors to easily find important information, and increase conversion for donation and newsletter subscriptions.


Columbia Riverkeeper needed more than just a platform, they needed the strategic expertise and ongoing support to craft compelling calls to action and tell their story.


Bene offered the security and room to grow that they were looking for in a platform, coupled with the strategic and design support from a team ready to spring into action.


+8% increased time on site
-21% decrease in bounce rate
+45% increase in pageviews

The challenges Columbia Riverkeeper faced were by no means unique to nonprofits (big or small), however, content strategy and design support doesn’t just come with the wiki or FAQs of an out of the box solution. They required the discovery process, strategic direction, and design skills that comes with a high budget website redesign, but they needed it for a fraction of the cost.

Columbia Riverkeeper Home Page Screens

Our experienced staff worked with Columbia Riverkeeper to define and prioritize their target audiences, their motivations, and how to structure content on their site to keep those audiences coming back and engaged.

“ThinkShout’s BENE platform is a forward-thinking solution designed to make the daunting task of building a website, a fun and enjoyable experience. Thanks to ThinkShout’s team, no matter how complex the design request seems, the BENE platform delivers a thoughtful, well-designed solution.”

~ Liz Terhaar, Communications Director, Columbia Riverkeeper

Next was the application of the Bene base build, followed by the implementation of Columbia Riverkeeper’s design. We also provided template theming for Salsa, (their CRM system and Email Service Provider) to ensure continuity for the end user when they completed petitions or other actions on their site.

After some training sessions to ensure Columbia Riverkeeper’s staff was set up for success in using and administering the tool, we then handed over the keys to the team to import and stage their own content in the system. It truly was an intuitive, clean, and simple process.

Website homepage displayed on a smartphone
Website interior displayed on a smartphone
White pelicans

Since launch, our relationship with Columbia Riverkeeper has evolved into one of our most valued partnerships, with quarterly strategy meetings where we cover their upcoming campaigns and fundraising goals, as well as provide them with an analysis of their site performance to identify future areas for improvement. We’re excited to see where they go as they embark on this new chapter in their digital identity.

increased time on site
decrease in bounce rate
increase in pageviews
Launch Site

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