New England Province of Jesuits Wins Award for Faith-Based Standard of Excellence

Raheel Gauba - 09.29.2008

We are proud to announce that our esteemed clients, New England Province of Jesuits have won the award for securing the highest ratings for Faith-based Standard of Excellence by the Web Marketing Association.

The winning entry can be found here:

I would like to extend my heartfelt and sincere congratulations to the incredible team at New England Province of Jesuits  as well as our internet solutions team here at Blackbaud for maintaining the highest possible standards in visual design, usability and website production.


New England Province of Jesuits Management Team:

Director of Communications: Alice M. Poltorick
Executive Director of Advancement: Grace Cotter Regan
IT & Communications Services: Fr. Richard H. Roos, SJ
Provincial: Fr. Thomas J. Regan, SJ
Back-end IT Integration: Mindshift

Blackbaud Internet Solutions Team:

Interactive Designer - Visual Design: Jono Young
Interactive Designer - Production: Josh Skidmore
Project Manager: Doreen Swanson
Creative Director: Raheel Gauba




This just goes to show how a successful partnership results in websites that move audiences!

Entries for the 2009 Web Award were judged based on user interface design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use.


Key Highlights:

One of the challenges that the client came to us with was how to create an optimal UI that is easy to use and manage that allows their audience to easily get to the most important information on the website. Jono Young, the Sr. Interactive Designer at Blackbaud Internet Solutions worked closely with New England Province of Jesuits to develop an innovative navigation system and design that helps establish their brand as well as an easy to use interface to connect the content with the user. Some key highlights include:

  • The navigation system neatly anchors the homepage and guides the user by distinguishing key areas in large color coded blocks that capture attention
  • These navigation blocks also serve as the basis for a scalable navigation system with drop down menus
  • Keyword and context driven menu sections that allow for better search engine placement
  • Designed and built strategically for easy site management within Blackbaud NetCommunity
  • Homepage layout designed to communicate the most important information above the fold and a graceful flow of information beyond the fold
  • Collaborative information architecture sessions to ensure the website's content is relevant to the audience
  • Smart use of a functional footer to keep the audience engaged and provide calls to actions and additional resources

About Web Marketing Association:

Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. The WebAward Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide.


Join us in congratulating New England Province of Jesuits!


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