Non-profits and community groups have the opportunity to win a fully designed website valued at approximately $35,000 in a promotion that the .org registry, Public Interest Registry, is hosting.
Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit operator of the .ORG domain, is hosting the contest as a way to celebrate its own rebranding and website redesign, and to give a deserving .ORG a better online platform to advance its cause, increase its audience reach and improve its ability to act in the public interest. The preliminary round of the contest, which launched today, will run through November 8. Interested parties can self-nominate online here. Ten finalists will advance to a two-week open voting period that will begin on November 25 where the public will select the grand prize winner.
More details about the contest are in the news release below.
Public Interest Registry Announces .ORG Website Makeover Contest
.ORG’s Non-profit Operator Launches Contest in Collaboration with OmniStudio to Help Organisations Advance Their Missions Online
Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today (14 October) announced the launch of its .ORG Website Makeover Contest as part of an ongoing effort to empower non-profit organisations and groups to effectively advance their causes online. Today through November 8, Public Interest Registry is accepting nominations from leaders and representatives of organisations and non-profits for a chance to win a newly designed .ORG website from OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specialised in web design and consulting for non-profit and advocacy groups.
The .ORG Website Makeover Contest directly correlates to Public Interest Registry’s enduring mission to promote the effective use of the Internet as a means to increase the awareness and impact of social good causes. The contest also comes on the heels of Public Interest Registry’s own organisational rebranding and newly launched website, which aims to exemplify the organisation’s brand identity as the trustworthy, purposeful, spirited and collaborative operator of .ORG – the world’s third largest top-level domain – and the soon-to-be-launched .NGO and .ONG domains.
“Like the individuals and organisations we support every day, we know how critical it is to have a strong brand identity and online marketing presence in order for a cause to be successful,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “As we look to realign the Public Interest Registry brand with our ongoing commitment to serve in the public interest, it seemed natural to extend the same opportunity to our fellow non-profit colleagues.”
Authorised representatives of any organisation – from non-profits and community groups to corporate foundations and arts and culture venues – are eligible to participate during the open nomination period and share how a newly designed website will help further its mission. A panel of judges will then select up to 10 contest finalists who will advance to the two-week open voting period beginning November 25 where members, supporters and the general public can vote for their favourite organisation.
The winning organisation will be given the opportunity to work with OmniStudio as the firm designs and develops a new .ORG website. OmniStudio has 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 non-profits revitalise their visual branding to better attract donations, volunteer participation and media attention.
“It’s remarkable to see how much of a difference an organisation can make in our community when they use the right platform, presentation, and tools,” said Eileen Kessler, founder and CEO of OmniStudio. “The .ORG Website Makeover Contest will give a deserving organisation the means to further communicate their mission. We’re delighted to be working alongside Public Interest Registry on this contest to help give back to organisations that are committed to the greater good.”
To enter, interested organisational representatives are encouraged to submit a nomination form online and official contest rules please visit www.pir.org/org-website-makeover-contest.
About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a non-profit corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global non-commercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society (www.internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.
Located in Washington DC, OmniStudio has been instrumental in the communications activities of local, national and international institutions. Omni shares the goals and passions of our clients, especially in the areas of education, health care, the environment, and human rights. OmniStudio provides strategy, content, design, and development for online and print media including websites, newsletters, advertising, annual reports, social media, and conference promotion.