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The Envelope Please -  A Complete List of Winners of the 1st Annual .ORG Impact Awards

While I was away on vacation last week I unfortunately missed an opportunity to attend an October 10 awards gala in Washington, D.C. where the first annual .ORG Impact Awards were handed out. However, the Public Interest Registry (the administrator of the .ORG TLD), was kind enough to provide me with some key photos and highlights from the event that I am happy to be able to share with you now that I am back.

During an intimate gathering at The Watergate Hotel, 12 individuals and organizations were named winners of the inaugural 2019 awards. The new Impact Awards program celebrates .ORG domain name users of all types and sizes for their accomplishments in community mobilization, marketing and outreach, and mission achievement. Both organizations and individuals who utilize the popular .ORG domain were honored for their work in

.ORG Impact Awards logo

connecting communities and leveraging the Internet for transformative change. Actor and philanthropist Taye Diggs was also honored as the 2019 .ORG Impact Awards Honoree, for his dedication to greater social good around the world, through both philanthropic and community involvement.

Taye Diggs, the first .ORG Impact Awards Honoree (at left) with Public Interest Registry 
CEO Jon Nevett
at the October 10, 2019 Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.

The .ORG Impact Awards (OIA) where presented to winners in three different sectors: Individual Awards (honoring the contribution of an individual to their organization or the broader sector and receive a $5,000 donation to the charitable organization of the winner’s choice), Sector Awards (recognizing organizational and team accomplishments that come with a $2,000 donation to the charitable organization of the winner’s choice) and Initiative Awards (celebrating achievement in a specific online niche, accompanied by a $1,000 donation to the charitable organization of the winner’s choice).

The crystal awards that went to each OIA winner.

Here is the complete list of the inagural .ORG Impact Award Winners:

Individual Awards

Sector Awards

Initiative Awards

  • Best Integrated Communications CampaignSkateistan, “Empowering Children Through Skateboarding and Education” (U.S. / Germany)

  • Best Social Media CampaignThe Mayhew, “Mayhew Website Redesign” (UK)

  • Best Use of Partnerships/Celebrity EndorsementsKiva, “The Big Impact of Small Loans” (U.S.)

  • Outstanding Multimedia ContentC Three Foundation, “C Three Foundation Multimedia Approach" (U.S.) 

  • Outstanding Online Fundraising CampaignTeach For America, “Teach For America Alumni and Staff Challenge” (U.S.)

  • Outstanding Website RedesignThe Mayhew, “Home Is Where Their Dog Is” (UK) Top #GivingTuesday Campaign

Congratulations to all of the winners!

A scene from the inaugural .ORG Impact Awards Dinner at 
The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. October 10, 2019.

As domain investors and developers, most DNJournal readers are already intimately familiar with the .ORG TLD, but for those who may come to this article that are less familiar with the domain space, here is a little background provided by the Public Interest Registry (PIR):

".ORG is the original purpose-driven "generic" top-level domain (gTLD) with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. .ORG is open to everyone, providing a global platform for organizations, associations, clubs, businesses and individuals to bring their ideas to life. For more than 30 years, .ORG has built an enduring legacy of trust, preserving an open and secure Internet where diverse communities can establish a trusted online identity and freely share ideas. .ORG is powered by the non-profit Public Interest Registry.  PIR was founded by the Internet Society in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA. Visit www.TheNew.org for more information."

(Posted October 18, 2019)  

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