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Continuing our work with nonprofits in New York City working for sensible policy within the justice system  and social justice in general, we recently celebrated the launch of the Justice and Health Connect platform, a national resource for data sharing between professionals in the health and justice sectors. As we describe in our portfolio entry, JH Connect ties together research and data in a dynamically searchable information bank, presenting resources for professionals and those working to reshape the system. In addition, a narrative based toolkit guides users through background information and connective strands, while complementary background and key fact modules round out the information-rich website. We're thrilled to be working the good folks over at Vera, and hope to participate in new web initiatives in the near future!

Bridges to Community is a local, New York area non-profit doing amazing work in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. By organizing volunteer trips to specific sites in these countries, Bridges builds connections across an array of program areas to help improve housing, education, health, and economic development. As part of our work building websites for nonprofits, Social Ink worked with Bridges to Community to overhaul their design and their content organization (what we call information architecture). With a rebuilt site, Bridges can now directly organize trips and supporting events and other activities, via on-site payments and intelligent workflows which bring users to 'checkout' endpoints based on their preferences and other information. Read about the project on our portfolio entry, and check out the Bridges to Community website!

May Andersen, a model and artist currently living in New York City, has launched a brand new portfolio website, happily implemented by our team here at Social Ink! The site showcases not only Andersen's modeling work (did you miss her in the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition?), but also her photography and art, essays, and a blog. This site posed a unique challenge--to splice in Andersen's instagram photography into the content of the site itself. Through some custom code, we were able to provide yet another easy way for non-technical clients to update there site, no code required! Read our full write up on the project on your portfolio page.

Introducing the Breast Cancer Family Registry, a project of Columbia University's breast cancer research department, funded by the National Institute of Health. The site aims to provide a wealth of resources for study participants and researchers among a cohort of universities and institutions. Read more about our work on the project on our portfolio entry.

We're very pleased to announce our latest launch, Study Logic, a market-research firm catering to the food services industry. As part of a visual identity overhaul, Study Logic handed over flat designs to Social Ink which we workshopped and converted to a dynamic and extensible CMS platform. Read more about the project on our portfolio!

We're delighted to announce two new launches of the last month, the progressive and activist journalism site Waging Nonviolence, and the fresh, exciting classical music guild Concert Artists Guild. Waging Nonviolence's exciting mission:

Waging Nonviolence is a source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe. Ordinary people build power using nonviolent strategies and tactics every day, even under the most difficult of circumstances, yet these stories often go unnoticed or misunderstood by a media industry fixated on violence and celebrity.
Concert Artist Guild's mission is also one of helping the community:
Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture & promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild helps artists launch sustainable careers. CAG provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career.
Visit the portfolio pages of Waging Nonviolence or Concert Artists Guild today!

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Social Ink is proud to continue our efforts in Community and Education work with the launch of a new website for The Pinkerton Foundation. Established in 1966, the foundation:

supports community-based programs for children, youth and families in economically disadvantaged areas in New York City.  Although we consider a wide range of youth development initiatives, Pinkerton favors direct-service programs that have one overriding goal: to help young people reach their full potential. Most of the programs we support take place in the after-school, weekend or summer hours and focus on providing opportunities for academic development, career readiness and cultural enrichment. We also support a number of programs that offer a way forward for young people after an encounter with the criminal justice system or years in foster care.
Read more about our work with this passionate organization on the Pinkerton Foundation's portfolio page.

As the summer winds down, we're happy to unveil our latest project with New York-based BoardAssist:

BoardAssist, a New York based nonprofit corporation, is the leading personalized board recruiting resources available to the tri-state nonprofit community. We offer New Yorkers who want to make a real change in the nonprofit world a wide selection of board options and advice on selecting the right one for them. Our nonprofit clients range from start-up organizations to some of the most established names in the nonprofit community, and serve interest areas from arts and education to the environment and poverty relief. Though most BoardAssist clients are New York-based, they serve locally, nationally and internationally.
Head along to the BoardAssist portfolio page to see the work we did with the organization, including redeveloping the application process, creating an image-rich, user friendly website that's easily updatable from anywhere, and a sparkling new visual identity.

In this hot summer of 2012, it's important to remember all those who are in the various confines of the United States correctional system. The Correctional Association of New York, an organization advocating for prison justice since 1844, approached Social Ink about rejuvenating their site to reflect changing constituencies.

In 1846, the CA was granted authority by New York State Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the public. The only private organization in New York with unrestricted access to prisons, the CA has remained steadfast in its commitment to inform the public debate on criminal justice for nearly 168 years. The CA utilizes its unique legislative mandate to expose abusive practices, educate the public and policymakers about what goes on behind prison walls, and advocate for systemic, lasting and progressive change.
With a large resource bank to import, various campaigns and coalitions to represent, the CANY needed a fresh look that also reflected the gravity of their work and the depths of their research. We're happy today to announce the new Correctional Association site and to continue Social Ink's proud tradition of doing good in the world with technology. For more on the project, click over to the portfolio item or visit their website directly.

Social Ink is happy to announce our newest WordPress Plugin, Striped Members! Our plugin uses the awesome new Stripe payment gateway to create a full paywall/paid subscription website on your WordPress install! A turnkey solution offering different levels of content control, you can now push your website to the next level. We developed our plugin to integrate easily with the WordPress user management system, rather than rebuilding it. Our approach allows you to work with existing membership management plugins, or other plugins that rely on the WordPress user community (such as mailing list software). With our awesome interface and minimal styling, you can be accepting payments and new members in just five minutes. Roll over to our Social Ink Shop to read more and see screenshots on Striped Members and let us know what you think.

We are pleased to announce the recent launch of Inside the Law School Bubble, a startup venture from law school veteran (and current lawyer!) Krystle Cobran. The ILSB is a new resource for law school students with articles, activities, and a platform for a community of fellow learners. Read more about the project on our portfolio or head on over to the site. Know any future lawyers in need of some guidance? Send them over to Wishing ILSB the best of luck as Social Ink designs and develops websites for communities, publications, and startups.

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