When I started Glaance four years ago, I set out to create a different kind of design studio. One that didn’t just make nice websites for people, but actively partnered with small businesses and nonprofits to create real good in the community. Since then, I have talked with many of you: about your organizations’ goals, successes, needs, and challenges.
Today, Glaance begins the process of growing into a company that can better serve your needs. We’re calling it “Glaance 2.0.”
What’s Changing: We have shifted our offerings to focus exclusively on nonprofits. Specifically, we’ll be developing web apps, plugins, and informational content designed to help organizations increase their impact. We’re still in the business of creating great-looking websites. To top it off, we are offering consulting services to help develop solutions to your nonprofit’s most challenging technical problems.
What’s Getting Better: If you’re an existing Glaance client, everything. You can expect to receive site improvements, improved hosting, and ongoing technical support. All at no additional cost. Within a week, you will be receiving an e-mail detailing the changes that we will be making to your service. We encourage you to sign up for the Glaance Nonprofit Academy weekly e-mail newsletter using the form on the right.
Glaance Nonprofit Academy
It’s hard to stay current on technology when you’re leading a nonprofit. Between grant applications, managing staff and volunteers, and making sure your programs are running properly, who has time to keep up?
Glaance Nonprofit Academy changes the equation:
- Weekly articles on web and IT topics that affect your nonprofit.
- Video tutorials that show you how to get more out of your site and web services.
- In-service presentations and handouts for your staff and volunteers.
- Interactive webinars for your pressing nonprofit tech questions.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest news, advice, reviews, and tutorials delivered to your inbox every week. And feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] with your nonprofit technology questions — we might write a post about it!
The (Near) Future
In addition to all of this, I wanted to let you know about some of the things we have planned for the upcoming year.
Glaance Ultimate Launch (Winter 2015 – 2016)
Back when I was designing my first nonprofit website, I was frustrated by the number of steps that it takes to bring a site online. Even after you come up with a great design, there are dozens of additional steps, like selecting a good hosting company, setting up e-mail services, and more. There has to be an easier way of doing this, I thought.
Plenty of hosting companies offer a la carte deals. But all too often, the result you’re stuck with is sub-standard. A site that doesn’t look right. Expensive monthly fees. Costly “add-ons” that would be free on other platforms. Try to cancel your service and you face a nightmare: it’s almost impossible for you to move your data away without sophisticated technical skills.
Enter Glaance Ultimate Launch.
Ultimate Launch brings everything together in one place — web design, domain registration, hosting, and support — and gives you an interactive quote. Pick the options that you need. Throughout the process, you’ll be guided by a real human being in Glaance Mission Control.
Ultimate Launch isn’t just for new organizations. Existing nonprofits looking for a total redesign can “re-launch” with Glaance and save over the cost of having an older site modernized.
Ultimate Launch is cleared for takeoff in January 2016 — but good weather might move the date up!
Glaance Nonprofit Essentials (Spring 2016)
This is our ultra-top-secret project. Here’s what I can tell you: Glaance Nonprofit Essentials is a plugin that solves a bunch of common issues that organizations face when trying to use WordPress. It’s going to be totally free and open source, so nonprofits of every size and budget can use it. We’re working on a pro version that will add even more features. Look for a beta test announcement sometime in early 2016.
I’m humbled by the great reception we’ve received from the nonprofit community, both here in Detroit and around the country. You are some of the most generous people that I know. As a way of saying “thanks,” we will continue to look for ways to give back.
— Dylan Layne Tanner
(Lead Developer, Glaance Creative Media LLC)