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American Network of Community Options and Resources

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
Brief Overview 

ANCOR’s new website positioned the organization as an authoritative, highly influential, respected and effective advocate for – and source of knowledge on -- issues affecting the disability community. ANCOR has nearly one-half million members, but only a few thousand of these participate actively in the website. ANCOR's new web presence helped to reach deeper within an organization to build online membership and participation. More than serving as merely an information publishing platform, the site encouraged and enabled dialog. It connected members and visitors to ANCOR by creating a spirit of community and relationship. Content, site architecture and design worked together to build a highly-engaged idea sharing network of members through the ANCOR Connected Communities platform and other ANCOR web properties, including ANCOR’s Connected Communities, ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign (, ANCOR Services Corporation’s Shared Resources Purchasing Network (SRPN), and the ANCOR Foundation.

Launch or Publication Date 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Drupal 7.x, Domain Access, netForum, Views, Features, Context, Display Suite, Webform
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

ANCOR wanted to have one main site with four microsite leveraging the same user base and content across all four sites (four different domain names). The Domain Access module was used to provide that functionality.

Owner's Name 
Development Company 
Balance Interactive
Balance Interactive is a full service digital agency established in 1997. We are a Small Business Administration (SBA), Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a State of Virginia certified woman-owned business. We work with associations, corporations, and government agencies strategically use online technologies and approaches to better communicate and engage with customers. Our approach to websites, email marketing, social media and mobile technology is designed to make all aspects of the online ecosystem work together to create impactful experience.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal was chosen due to its easy of Single Sign On with an AssociationManagement System, microsite site capability, content editing, and taxonomy driven dynamic pages.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

The purpose of website is to position ANCOR as the go-to center for knowledge and information on topics and issues affecting people with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. The website’s added functionality will save the current staff time and effort, providing an improved user experience by offering online methods for joining, renewing and updating membership, event registration and publication purchasing.

Goal 1: Position ANCOR as the trusted, go to site for information regarding providing services to people with disabilities for providers, legislators, press and the disability community at large.

Goal 2: Offer an improved user experience, including easier navigation, improved ability to find key information on the public site, as well as in the members-only area.

Goal 3: Implement interactive web elements that create and foster a favorable environment for audience engagement.

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