Chapter 4:
Other Links


The American Red Cross ( has created a model non-profit web site which should be studied by anyone who wants to use the Internet for fundraising and public relations. It is well-designed, downloads quickly, and contains just about everything that one could imagine wanting. It is also well-managed, and kept up-to-the-minute with breaking news.

While the Red Cross does many things, it is best known for its work with natural and human-made disasters. Therefore a crucial element of its site is that it contain timely and accurate information about such situations. A key strategy for this site, as for any disaster or relief agency, is that visitors can quickly:

  • Find out what happened;
  • Find out what the Red Cross is doing about it;
  • Find out what "you can do" about it, including volunteering;
  • Donate on the spot.

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From the CD version of Fundraising and Friend-Raising on the Web: A Handbook for Libraries and Other Non-Profit Organizations. ALA Editions, 1998. Copyright © 1998, Adam Corson-Finnerty and Laura Blanchard, all rights reserved.