This tech-forward nonprofit got a clean look and website to match their bold vision to coach every kid affected by serious illness.
About Coach Art

CoachArt connects caring individuals or “coaches” with kids affected by serious illness. These amazing kids let CoachArt know what they’d like to learn, then CoachArt’s app pairs them with a skilled mentor who can help teach them something new, from arts and athletics to gaming and ukulele lessons.

CoachArt’s programs were very successful, but their branding felt a little stale. They looked to HeartSpark to help refine their brand so it felt as dynamic, fun, and innovative as their mission. Working together with their brand manager, Sarah, we helped step up their brand style while also preserving two decades of their hard-won reputation and recognition.

Visual Identity

The CoachArt team wanted to keep their logo and signature orange the same, so we built a color palette that would complement both. To make the orange feel more vibrant, we added its complementary color – a dark, saturated blue. To offset that bold combo, we added lighter transitional colors like light blue and yellow to add energy and playfulness.

Pro tip: If your nonprofit’s color palette feels stale but you don’t want to change the look dramatically, consider adding some tertiary colors to inject new life into your style and have more color options to work with!

“Working with HeartSpark Design on a brand refresh and website design is one of the best decisions we have ever made for our nonprofit. We could not be more pleased with the final products. They are game changers for our organization. Worth every dollar! If you are considering working with HeartSpark, I wholeheartedly recommend!”

– Claire McNeill,
Founder and Executive Director of Shine Performing Arts Studio


Most CoachArt kids have their lessons at home, so photos are often taken by parents or Zoom screenshots from instructors. These photos are a bit of a mixed bag, so figuring out a way to make all of them feel like part of the CoachArt brand was a unique challenge. We landed on a series of styled frames and design elements around the photo so the original images – even the amateur shots – feel special and on-brand while retaining their authenticity.


Using the CoachArt Connect app is super easy, but we had to visualize it in a way that made sense for people who have never used it. So we created animated videos to demonstrate the app more clearly. This brought movement and style to their website, while also showing their innovative approach to connecting kids with coaches.

Lauren illustrated these images, then worked with a freelance animator to bring the movement to life. We intentionally kept words minimal and did not add voiceover so the CoachArt team could repurpose the clips over and over again.

Website Refresh

When reimagining the new CoachArt website, we knew accessibility and language translation were a top priority so that more parents could access helpful information and register their kiddos for CoachArt’s programs. We started by cleaning up the sitemap, consolidating pages where necessary, and building with Elementor so that maintaining the site would be easier on the CoachArt team.

We installed AccessiBe for screen-reading services and teamed up with Caroline Griffin to configure Fundraise Up so supporting CoachArt would be even easier for donors.

The new functionality paired with the bold design style has not only been a fresh jolt of inspiration for the internal CoachArt team, but is attracting more families of children facing chronic illness and engaging more volunteers.

Goals + Results

2023 Webby Award Honoree Award in the Charitable Organizations/Nonprofit Website category


2023 Davey Award Gold Winner: General-Non-Profit

Lauren Atherton
Creative Direction

Ashley Swanson
Design & Development

Hamza Quaziz

Patty Breech
Salesforce Integration

Visual Identity

Web Design

Web Development


Youth & Family

April 2023

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