and The Annie E. Casey Foundation

work The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nonprofit website design and ongoing support

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) helps kids, strengthens families, builds stronger communities, and increases access to opportunity for all. One of our longest partnerships, our work with the Foundation continues to be anchored in mutual respect and shared responsibility.


Social Impact

Happy Cog really brought a strategy and a sense of helping us achieve our goals as a foundation. It wasn't just ‘we can provide this many hours of design,’ ... they presented a partnership from the start.
John Hodgins, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Content-heavy websites demand a purposeful and sustainable content strategy. The net result of our work is a website that organizes the Foundation's content in easily navigable and digestible ways, as well as a design that reflects their storied legacy. Collaborative working sessions ensured the project ran smoothly, and that all decisions mapped back to the initial project requirements. Content workshops drove a new informational hierarchy, tagging system, and a host of content revisions. User research led us to change the site’s content hierarchy, making a meaningful difference in how people find information they need, as well as aid in the discovery of new, useful content.

We also built out the backend publishing system. Part of this included our implementation of a more thorough and accurate tagging system and taxonomy, coupled with a robust search functionality to access information intuitively through a custom-built integration between ExpressionEngine (the chosen CMS for this project) and Apache Solr™.