June 28, 2019

About The .ORG impact awards

Recognizing the achievements of .ORGs that make a difference.

For more than 30 years, the .ORG domain has powered the inspirations of people around the globe. From individuals to large corporations, small community groups to multinational NGOs, each .ORG aims to positively impact the communities they serve.

The .ORG Impact Awards recognize .ORGs that are connecting communities, making a difference in the world and leveraging the internet for transformative change. This first annual program celebrates .ORG domain name users of all kinds and causes for their accomplishments in community mobilization, marketing and outreach, and mission achievement.

The .ORG Impact Awards are brought to you by Public Interest Registry, the operator of the .ORG, .NGO, and .ONG domains.

The timeline

Make sure you know these important dates and deadlines.

May 20, 2019Nominations Open
July 19, 2019Nominations Close - DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Late July, 2019Judging Begins
September 16, 2019Finalists Announced
October 10, 2019Winners Announced and Awards Ceremony

Why apply?

Share your outstanding achievements as a member of the .ORG community on a global stage. Award winners and finalists receive many benefits:

Award categories

.ORG Impact Awards are available in three major categories, covering the widest range of .ORGs possible.

The Individual Award Category recognizes the personal contribution of one person in support of their organization (which must use a .ORG domain) or to the broader community and/or mission under which the organization operates. Achievement will be honored in the following award categories:

  1. Innovator Award
  2. Rising Star Award
  3. Outstanding Volunteer 

Registrants of the .ORG domain transcend the traditional nonprofit world, and include for-profit organizations and community groups as well. The Sector Award Category will recognize one outstanding organization within these three sectors:

  1. .ORG Nonprofit of the Year .
  2. .ORG Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the Year
  3. .ORG Community Group of the Year 

There are many strategies that organization can deploy to achieve philanthropic, marketing and business goals. The Initiative Award Category will recognize .ORGs, unless otherwise stated, for various programmatic initiatives that support broader organizational goals, with a focus on online-based initiatives:

  1. Best Social Media Campaign
  2. Top #GivingTuesday Campaign
  3. Outstanding Online Fundraising Campaign
  4. Outstanding Microsite
  5. Outstanding Website Redesign
  6. Best Integrated Communications Campaign
  7. Best Use of Partnerships/Celebrity Endorsement
  8. Outstanding Multimedia Content
  9. Outstanding Community Relations Campaign

Impact Awards Faqs

Get answers to your questions here.

The .ORG Impact Awards is a global awards program to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations that have a connection to a registered .ORG domain for their contributions, achievements and impact they have made in their communities.

The .ORG Impact Awards is open only to individuals who are at least 18 years old and have permission to nominate the individual or entity that uses or has a connection to .ORG domain. Unfortunately, employees of Public Interest Registry and any of its parent and affiliate companies, as well as the immediate family and household members of each such employee are not eligible to nominate individuals or entities, or be considered as a nominee for any award. For more on eligibility please see the official rules for more details.

The .ORG Impact Awards is a global program subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited. For more on eligibility per country, please see Section 1 of the official rules for more details.

Visit www.orgimpact.awardsplatform.com and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the online form.  For official eligibility criteria and rules of The .ORG Impact Awards program, as well as submission requirements, deadlines and judging information, please download the .ORG Impact Awards Entry Kit.

There is not an official limit to the number of entries and a nominator may submit nominations for all categories; however, each submission must be unique. The sponsor reserves the right to modify the award category selected as necessary if it believes that the content of the nomination fits better in a different award category. 

Activities highlighted in your submission must have occurred between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.  If an activity began before June 1, 2018 or extends beyond June 1, 2019, it will be eligible so long as some meaningful actions occurred between the two dates. 

Yes; written responses are required for each award category. There is a 500-word limit for each question. 

Yes; nominations may be featured in various .ORG digital platforms throughout the year, including articles, videos, social posts, and more. Please see official rules for more details on the use of submissions and publicity.

After the end of the nomination period, a panel of qualified judges determined by the sponsor will score each submission against the judging criteria outlined in the program’s official rules. Based on the award categories there is a slightly different set of criteria for Individual and Sector awards versus Initiative awards. Please see Section 7 of the official rules for more details on the judging criteria.

Winners will be announced at The .ORG Impact Awards Ceremony at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2019.  

Winners will receive a custom award and the ability to select a non-profit or NGO organization of their choice to receive up to a $5,000 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.

  • Individual Category Winners – $5,000
  • Sector Category Winners – $2,000
  • Initiative Category Winners – $1,000


More importantly, we hope recognition through The .ORG Impact Awards will help raise the profile of your .ORG and provide additional validation to your programs. Additionally, winners will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend the celebratory event in Washington, D.C. to receive the award and network with industry leaders;
  • Use a dedicated .ORG Impact Awards logo mark in promotional materials;
  • Be featured in various .ORG digital platforms throughout the year, including articles, videos, social posts, and more.

The .ORG Impact Awards Ceremony will be held at the historic Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2019. The Awards Ceremony will include networking, dinner and entertainment. 

Each finalist in the “Individual” categories is eligible to receive an additional travel stipend to attend the Awards Ceremony. Please see official rules for more details.

The .ORG Impact Awards Ceremony is an invitation-only event. All finalists will receive two complimentary invitations to the Awards Ceremony on or around August 15, 2019. 

All finalists will receive two complimentary invitations to the Awards Ceremony. While tickets can be used at the nominator’s discretion, we hope one (or both) attendee(s) will represent the nominated individual or organization to accept an award.  

The Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the world’s most impactful .ORGs in the heart of Washington, DC.

Save the date! On October 10, 2019 we will celebrate remarkable .ORGs from around the globe and reveal the winners of The .ORG Impact Awards at the historic Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. All finalists will receive two complimentary invitations to the .ORG Impact Awards Ceremony, which includes a gourmet dinner and cocktails and a night of fantastic entertainment and networking! It truly will be a magical night you won’t want to miss.

The Venue

Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Georgetown, The 5-star luxury Watergate Hotel provides a glamorous and historic backdrop for the .ORG Impact Awards Ceremony. Close to area attractions and featuring a wide array of high-class amenities, .ORG Impact Awards guests will have an amazing experience!

10 Oct 2019
Starting 7:00 PM
The Watergate Hotel
Washington, DC

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