To promote the use of .org domain names, Public Interest Registry opened the nomination period for its fourth annual .ORG Impact Awards, to recognise and reward outstanding mission-driven individuals and organisations from the global .ORG Community for their positive contributions to society.
There are seven categories plus a “.ORG of the Year” who will vie for a total of $105,000 in donations to their charities. The top five entries will vie for the .ORG of the Year and the $35,000 donation that goes with it.
In 2021, over 600 organisations from 40 countries around the world submitted entries. The 2021 .ORG of the Year winner was ADES, a Madagascar-based organisation that takes a holistic approach to sustainability: by fighting climate change and poverty at the same time.
ADES produces climate-friendly solar cookers and energy-saving stoves that protect the climate, increase biodiversity, and also trains and employs the local population to provide a path out of poverty.
“The award has helped us to raise international awareness to the situation in Madagascar and to our commitment to people, nature, and climate,” said Herbert Blaser, President of the ADES Association, “The award confirms our efforts to achieve our goals with sustainable and holistic activities. It is a big thank you to our Madegassian team, which is committed with heart and soul.”
Other 2021 award-winners included Good Sports, MAIA and Esther Ajari, founder of The TriHealthon.
PIR created the .ORG Impact Awards to uplift and celebrate those within the .ORG Community who work tirelessly to create impactful change in the world. Over the past three years, the .ORG Impact Awards have recognised more than 120 outstanding .ORGs across more than 40 countries, with prize donations totalling $220,000.
“The .ORG Impact Awards celebrate and recognise inspiring changemakers in the .ORG Community and their relentless commitment to making the world a better place,” said Jon Nevett, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “No problem is too big for the mission-driven organisations that make up our .ORG Community. We’re honoured to empower the passionate, determined individuals and organisations that never stop striving to create positive change in the communities they serve. The Awards are an important part of our broader efforts to provide helpful resources, shine a light on innovative changemakers, and build a collaborative community of mission-driven leaders.”
Submissions are open from 18 May to 29 June, 2022 and will be judged by a panel of leaders in the Internet, non-profit, and marketing sectors. All nominees must be tied to an active website with a .ORG domain name.
The categories for the 2022 awards are:
- Health and Healing
- Quality Education for All
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Environmental Stewardship
- Hunger and Poverty
- Community Building
- Rising Star
- .ORG of the Year
The top five entries per category will be named as finalists on 20 September and will be eligible to win the .ORG of the Year award. Winners will be announced on 15 November.
To nominate an organization or individual for a .ORG Impact Award, visit orgimpactawards.org.