New Awards Program Launches to Recognize Achievements of the .ORG Community


The .ORG Impact Awards is Now Accepting Nominations from Nonprofits, Corporations, Community Groups and More     

[news release] In celebration of organizations using the Internet to empower change around the world, The .ORG Impact Awards, sponsored by Public Interest Registry, launches today to honor .ORG domain name users for their accomplishments.

From individuals to large corporations, and small community groups to multinational NGOs, purpose-driven achievements from members of the .ORG community will be honored through this inaugural program. The award submission period is open through Friday, July 12, 2019.

Unlike other industry award programs, The .ORG Impact Awards does not seek to profit from submissions. In fact, winning individuals and organizations will receive up to $5,000 in a monetary contribution to the nonprofit of their choice, and finalists will receive two complimentary invitations to attend The .ORG Impact Awards Ceremony at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2019 where winners will be announced. Finalists in the “Individual” category also will be offered travel assistance.

will be honored in the following award categories:  

honor the
contribution of an individual to their organization or the broader sector:

  • Innovator
  • Rising Star Award
  • Outstanding

organizational and team accomplishments:

achievement in a specific online niche area:

  • Best
    Social Media Campaign
  • Top
    #GivingTuesday Campaign
  • Outstanding
    Online Fundraising Campaign
  • Outstanding
  • Outstanding
    Website Redesign
  • Best
    Integrated Communications Campaign
  • Best
    Use of Partnerships/Celebrity Endorsements
  • Outstanding
    Multimedia Content
  • Outstanding
    Community Relations Campaign

“The .ORG
Impact Awards is an opportunity to convene organizations of all types and sizes
from around the world to learn from each other, celebrate each other’s
accomplishments and strengthen the work being done through .ORG to make the
world a better place,” said Jon Nevett, president and CEO of Public Interest
Registry. “The mission- and affinity-driven .ORG community is vast, diverse and
incredibly innovative in how it harnesses the power of the Internet to improve
the lives of people near and far, and we’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on
these accomplishments to help strengthen these stellar .ORGs for the future.”

award entries must be submitted through a form on The .ORG Impact Awards’
secure online
and should highlight activities occurring between June 1,
2018 and June 1, 2019. Nominators may submit to more than one
category/subcategory, but each submission must be original. All submissions
must be in English and there is no cost for submission.

official eligibility criteria and rules of The .ORG Impact Awards program, as
well as submission requirements, deadlines and judging information, please

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About Public Interest Registry

Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit
corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain — one of the world’s
largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain
names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and
security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to educate and
enable the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively,
and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and
other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was
founded by the Internet Society ( in 2002 and is based in
Reston, Virginia, USA. Visit Public Interest Registry at

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