It’s Always Nice To Be Noticed

What a treat to see Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ website was selected as one of’s Top 100 nonprofit websites. A creative firm that specializes in nonprofits, EveryAction selected Morikami’s website alongside groups with substantially larger budgets which included the Word Wildlife Fund, Gates Foundation, Red Cross, NPR, MoMA, American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, and Change Org. As such, it’s a real thrill to see Morikami’s Venture Platform designed and powered website be included in the All Around Champs division.

Morikami Top 100 | |

Regular readers might recognize Morikami’s name from a pair of posts published here at the time their website was being developed: Thinking Responsively Part 1 and Part 2. The articles were used as an example to help orchestras to not only understand but implement the fundamental principles of responsive web design via real life examples.

As it turns out, Morikami’s responsiveness was one of the elements that stood out in EveryAction’s review where Morikami ended up as one of the All Around Champs picks.

Jack of all trades, master of – well, all of them.  These sites might not have the innovative features of the creatives, but they boast design prowess, responsiveness, and just about everything else you need for a nonprofit site that truly rocks.

[ features a] nice clean design, responsive layout, and cool image slider. Extra points for the (very hip) flat social media buttons. Flat is where it’s at.

You can learn more about Morkimaki’s web design at their Venture user portfolio plus you can get a firsthand look by visiting the site at

Morikami Interior

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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