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Finalists for 2020 .ORG Impact Awards Named With Top 5 Selected in 9 Different Categories

The 2nd Annual .ORG Impact Awards will be handed out over the course of a "Ten Days of .ORG" online celebration that will begin November 30, 2020 and culminate with recognition of the .ORG of the Year award winner on December 11. Prior to that grand finale, winners will be named in nine different categories that have now been narrowed down to these five finalists in each

.ORG launched the program that honors "remarkable organizations and individuals making the world a better place" in 2019 when Impact Award winners were chosen in three categories. By expanding the number of categories to nine this year, .ORG will recognize websites that have excelled in these areas: Combatting Coronavirus, Fighting Hunger and Poverty, Championing Equality, Equity and Inclusion, Promoting Education. Advancing Environmental Sustainability, Promoting a Safer Internet, Innovation Award, Outstanding Volunteer and .ORG Newcomer of the Year. The Impact Award winjners will get to select a non-profit or NGO organization of their choice to receive up to a $30,000 contribution (depending on the award category). Nonprofit entrants are welcome to select their own nonprofit as the beneficiary of that donation. Individuals, for-profits and community groups are welcome to select any nonprofit they believe in to receive the donation.

The 2020 .ORG Impact Award, .ORG of the Year, recognizes a not-for-profit or nongovernmental organization nominated in one of the other nine categories using the .ORG domain, and honors outstanding achievement as evidenced by results and/or contributions to its sector, constituents, community or society at large. 

Jon Nevett, President and CEO of the Public Interest Registry (the administrator of .ORG), noted, "In this year marked by so much challenge and change, mission-driven .ORGs are making even more of an impact on the communities and causes they serve and support. We celebrate their contributions and recognize that .ORGs are making their communities a better place. This year, we saw an extremely impressive group of submissions (more than 500 were submitted) showcasing the diverse and inspiring work taking place in the .ORG community around the world, and we want to thank everyone who participated in the .ORG Impact Awards."

Nevett said that each of the 45 finalists spread across nine categories represent the best of what .ORGs have to offer in making a meaningful difference in their communities and the world, adding, "We are awed and inspired by their achievements and look forward to announcing the winning .ORGs later this fall."

PIR CEO Jon Nevett (at right) with 2019 .ORG Impact 
Award honoree, actor & philanthropist Taye Diggs.

(Posted October 16, 2020)  

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