Domain registry launches #IndiaForGoodContest for NGOs

NGOs_IndiaThe Public Interest Registry – the nonprofit operator of the .ngo domain –on Tuesday, July 19,  launched its #IndiaForGood Contest, which will recognize India-based non-governmental organisations that exhibit the most creative and inspiring profiles on OnGood, an online community that gives non-governmental organizations (NGOs) a way to raise awareness, funds and support for their missions. Public Interest Registry will award one grand prize 300,000 INR award and 50 runner-up 15,000 INR awards to support Indian NGO causes, it was announced in Reston, Virginia.

“We used to say that if you’re not online, you don’t exist, but simply being online is no longer enough,” said Dave Stewart, vice president of sales and marketing, Public Interest Registry. “Our goal for this contest is to inspire the NGO community in India to create their unique online identities with their OnGood profile pages. We provide NGOs a place on the web to highlight their missions, provide updates to supporters, and showcase videos and photos of how they impact lives within their communities and across the globe.”

All India-based NGOs that have purchased a .ngo or .ong domain name from a participating ICANN-accreditedregistrar and meet On Good validation requirements will be eligible to participate, unless the organization chooses to opt out. To enter, organizations in India that register or have previously registered for a .ngo and .ong domain name bundle must activate and complete their organization’s OnGood profile page by August 30, 2016. Participating NGOs must also be permitted to receive donation from foreign jurisdictions to be eligible to win. Valid profiles will be judged on messaging, imagery and mission, among other criteria.

Earlier this year, Public Interest Registry launched the U.S.-based #CashForGood Contest, which also gave NGOs with a registered .ngo domain name and OnGood profile chances to win prizes. In May, a panel of judges selected Hope For Limpopo as the grand prize winner for its OnGood profile page which offered powerful insight into their mission – to support programs that provide education and capacity building for children and caregivers living in rural areas of Limpopo Province, South Africa.

About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit organization that operates the .org top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10.5 million domain names registered worldwide – and the newly launched .ngo and .ong domains and OnGood community website. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global noncommercial 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 (internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA. – PRNewswire

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