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Just in Time for Christmas,  One Lucky Non-Profit Organization Will Get a Free $35,000 Website Makeover from .ORG Registry Operator PIR

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit administrator of .ORG domains, has announced the 10 organizations selected as finalists in their .ORG Website Makeover Contest. From now through Friday, December 13, the general public can vote online to help the organization of their choice win a newly redesigned website (valued at approximately $35,000) from OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C. based firm specializing in web design and consulting for nonprofit and advocacy groups. 


PIR said the finalists were selected for their "unparalleled commitment to their respective causes, the positive impact they have had upon their constituents and the value that a new website will bring to helping the organizations further their missions." Those finalists are:  

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest: provides sanctuary for chimpanzees that were discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA): aims to advance human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in the Los Angeles, Calif. area.

Container Recycling Institute: aims to make North America a global model for the collection and quality recycling of packaging materials.

Critical Exposure: organizes programs to teach youth to use the power of photography to share their voices and become advocates for school reform and social change.

Ecology Center: advocates at the local, state and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice and a sustainable future.

The League of Young Voters Education Fund: engages and educates young people about the power of voting through annual grassroots campaigns.  

National Council of Urban Indian Health: represents the health care interests of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings.

National Network to End Domestic Violence: dedicated to creating social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists.

Renzi Education and Art Center: provides free education and art opportunities for students in grades K-12 in the greater Shreveport-Bossier, La. area. 

Washington Low Incoming Housing Alliance: seeks to lead the movement that ensures that all Washington state residents thrive in safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Nancy Gofus, Chief Operating Officer of Public Interest Registry, said "we received dozens of entries from organizations across the country demonstrating incredible passion for helping their respective communities. Our finalists rose to the top because of their dedication and the potential impact they could make with a 

refreshed website. I encourage everyone to participate in the voting process over the next three weeks to learn more about these organizations and to help determine the .ORG Website Makeover contest winner.  

Organization members, supporters and the general public may cast one vote per day in support of the organization they would like to see win a redesigned website. Again, the voting period closes on Friday, December 13, 2013.  

PIR said he .ORG Website Makeover Contest is part of an ongoing effort to empower nonprofit organizations and groups to effectively advance their causes online. OmniStudio teamed with Public Interest Registry for the contest as a part of its annual ReachOut Project. Now in its fifth year, OmniStudio ReachOut 2014 aims to help charities and nonprofits revitalize their visual branding to better attract donations, volunteer participation and media attention. 

(Posted November 29, 2013) 

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