Announcing the First .ORG Impact Awards!

A New Public Interest Registry Initiative to Celebrate Stellar .ORG Organizations

By Jim LeFevre, Senior Director of Marketing for Public Interest Registry

Public Interest Registry is proud to announce a new recognition program highlighting the organizations, clubs, communities, etc. who are doing great things with the .ORG domain online. The .ORG Impact Awards will recognize organizations of all sizes on the .ORG domain for their accomplishments in community mobilization, marketing and outreach, and mission achievement.

For more than three decades, the .ORG domain has been home to organizations of diverse scopes, reaches and causes, but all share a single common goal: to positively impact the communities they serve. We believe it is time to properly recognize all hard work these .ORGs do to make a difference in significant and important ways.

We hope you’ll join us in this inaugural year by nominating a .ORG that deserves recognition – the submission period is open now through July 12th. There’s opportunity for individuals and organizations alike to share and amplify the good that they are doing through three different award categories, which include:

  • Individual Awards, honoring the contribution of an individual to their organization or the organization’s broader sector,
  • Sector Awards, recognizing organizational and team accomplishments, and
  • Initiative Awards, celebrating programmatic achievement in a specific online niche area.

Each of these categories have their own sub-categories, explained in greater detail on The .ORG Impact Awards microsite.

Why should you enter or nominate a deserving .ORG individual or organization? It’s a great way to showcase the impact your nominee is making on the world. Five finalists will be selected in each category and all are invited – plus a guest! – to attend the Awards Gala Ceremony hosted on October 10, 2019 at Washington, D.C.’s historic and beautiful Watergate Hotel. Finalists will experience a networking reception followed by engaging speakers and an elegant seated dinner, with category winners announced by leading non-profit activists and prominent members of the Internet community. What’s more, winners will receive up to $5,000 to donate to their own nonprofit or NGO of their choice!

Information on how to submit an entry, categories, how submissions will be judged, terms & conditions and much more can be found on our dedicated microsite, which includes a downloadable Entry Kit. Additionally, answers to some frequently asked questions about the .ORG Impact Awards can be found in the FAQ section.

We would also like to invite registrars and other organizations to help us spread the word about the .ORG Impact Awards. There are many ways to partner with us to honor and celebrate exceptional organizations and their positive impactful work. If you are interested, please reach out to us directly at marketing@pir.org.

We hope you are as excited as we are to celebrate all the wonderful achievements by the .ORG community! While all submissions must be connected to a registrant on the .ORG domain, there are many categories and opportunities for organizations and individuals to participate. We wish everyone “good luck!”