Finalists for the 2nd annual .ORG Impact Awards were unveiled by the Reston, Va.-based Public Interest Registry (PIR). The announcement includes the top five entries across nine award categories.
Winners in these categories and the .ORG of the Year will be announced as part of “The Ten Days of .ORG,” an online experience beginning on November 30 that celebrates the range of achievements that have healed, inspired, transformed and connected communities over the past year, according to Jon Nevett, president and chief executive of PIR.
Each day of the celebration will place a spotlight on an award-winning organization and individuals making an impact in areas such as combatting the coronavirus, battling poverty and hunger, championing equality, and advancing environmental sustainability.
“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,” said Nevett. “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 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.”
More than 500 organizations and individuals submitted entries this year. Submissions were reviewed and scored by a panel of judges who are leaders in the Internet, nonprofit, health, education and marketing sectors. All nominations must be tied to an active website with a .ORG domain, according to Nevett.
The 2020 .ORG Impact Award, .ORG of the Year, recognizes a nonprofit 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. The .ORG of the Year will be announced on the final day of the Ten Days of .ORG, on December 11.
Award winners will receive a donation of up to $30,000 (USD) to an eligible charitable entity of their choice. Visit www.orgimpactawards.org for complete rules and information. Some of the finalists include:
* Carolina for Kibera: A locally informed response to COVID-19 in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya
* Days for Girls International: Masks for Millions & Periods Don’t Pause for Pandemics
* Heart to Heart International: Improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide
* The Molecular Sciences Software Institute: COVID-19 molecular structure and therapeutics hub
* The Salvation Army California South Division: COVID-19 relief in Southern California
* Center For Food Action: Emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents