In a year that’s been challenging for the entire world, Public Interest Registry (PIR), the people behind .ORG, have announced their second annual .ORG Impact Awards. This week PIR put out a Call for Nominations to honour the remarkable organisations and individuals making the world a better place that use a .org domain name for their website.
With the COVID-19 pandemic precluding much in the way of international travel and large get-togethers not a good idea, PIR will be announcing award winners during a “The Ten Days of .ORG,” an online experience beginning on 30 November to celebrate the range of achievements that have healed, inspired, transformed and connected communities over the past year. Each day of the celebration will place a spotlight on an award-winning organisation and individuals making an impact in areas such as combatting the coronavirus, battling poverty and hunger, championing equality and advancing environmental sustainability.
“The awards mean the world to us, especially with what’s going on in the world,” Jon Nevett, CEO of Public Interest Registry, told me earlier today.
“The .ORG domain is the global home for communities, organisations, and individuals seeking to transform the world,” Nevett said in a PIR news release. “In this year marked by so much challenge and change, I am awed and inspired by the organisations and leaders in the .ORG community responding to the COVID-19 crisis and driving a generational fight for equality, equity and inclusion.”
“In these areas and so many others, .ORGs are tackling intractable challenges with heart, grit, and truly innovative solutions. We encourage our mission-driven community to share their incredible work and submit applications for the 2020 .ORG Impact Awards.”
The 2020 awards feature 10 categories with winners receiving donation amounts of up to $30,000 to an eligible charitable entity of their choice and will be featured in the Ten Days of .ORG. Award categories include:
- Combatting Coronavirus
- Fighting Hunger and Poverty
- Championing Equality, Equity, Inclusion
- Promoting Education
- Advancing Environmental Sustainability
- Promoting A Safer Internet
- Innovation Award
- Outstanding Volunteer
- .ORG Newcomer of The Year
- .ORG of The Year
Highlights of the 2019 .ORG Impact Awards included: Zehra Abbas of Studio.89, who was named Outstanding Volunteer; World Refugees School, which was named .ORG Non-profit of the Year; and Community Focus Group, which was named Community Group of the Year. A full list of 2019 honourees is available here.
Zehra Abbas, through numerous events and programs with Studio.89, provided much-needed aid to refugees, underserved youth, domestic violence survivors and those with disabilities. World Refugees School is a U.S.-based non-profit offering the world’s first and only formally accredited K-12 education program for the global Refugee Community. Community Focus Group is a Kenyan-based charity with the mission to inform, connect, and mobilise the community around human rights and sustainable livelihoods.
Another Skateistan, won the Best Integrated Communications Campaign award. It has featured in thousands of media pieces around the world according to Wikipedia. “It has appeared in most major media outlets including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Economist, Al Jazeera, The Telegraph and The Guardian. This year, a short documentary about Skateistan, ‘Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)’, won the BAFTA for British Short Film and the Academy Award [Oscar] for Best Documentary Short.” A trailer for the film is available here and the YouTube channel here.
The 2020 .ORG Impact Awards nominees will also be organisations and individuals who work tirelessly in pursuit of their missions.
Submissions are open until 4 September and will be reviewed by judges who are leaders in the Internet, non-profit and marketing sectors. All nominations must be tied to an active website with a .ORG domain. The top five entries per category will be named as finalists on 12 October.
Interested parties should visit orgimpactawards.org for complete rules and to submit their nomination(s).