Everything You Need to Know to Submit a Winning Nomination

.ORG Impact Awards Information

Discover important 2021 .ORG Impact Awards details, including program rules, how to enter, timelines, and more.

Event Schedule

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Submissions Open

May 24, 2021

Submissions Close

August 3, 2021

Judging Begins

August 4, 2021

Judging Ends

August 24, 2021

Finalists Announced

September 14, 2021

Online Celebration and Winner Announcement

November 9, 2021

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The 2021 OIA Entry Kit provides prospective nominees with all of the information they need to submit a winning entry.
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The 2021 OIA Rules and Regulations provide all of the critical background information needed to understand how the awards process works.
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.ORG Impact Awards FAQ

What are the .ORG Impact Awards?

The .ORG Impact Awards is a global awards program hosted by the Public Interest Registry 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.

Who can enter?

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 the .ORG domain. 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.

Can I nominate someone who is less than 18 years old?

Yes, you can nominate an individual who is less than 18 years old with their permission. However, if a nominee less than 18 years of age qualifies as a finalist they will be required to complete a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Is the program open to individuals and organizations from all countries?

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 this reason, eligibility varies and participation is not available in some countries. For more on eligibility per country, please see Section 1 of the official rules for more details.

How do I participate?

Visit https://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.

How many times can I submit a nomination?

There is not an official limit to the number of entries a single person can submit. 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.

What time period should my entry cover?

Activities highlighted in your submission must have occurred between May 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021. If an activity began before May 1, 2020 or extends beyond May 1, 2021, it will be eligible so long as some meaningful actions occurred between the two dates.

Is there a word count?

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

Will any of the information I provide be made public?

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

What happens after I complete my submission/nomination?

After the end of the nomination period, all entries will be vetted by a Review Panel and 10 entries will be selected to move to a judging phase where a panel of qualified judges determined by Public Interest Registry 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 various awards. Please see Section 7 of the official rules for more details on the judging criteria.

When will the winners be notified?

Winners will be announced publicly online during the 2021 ORG Impact Awards event, which will occur on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Both winners and finalists will be notified on or about September 2, 2021 so that digital and video content featuring them can be produced for the online event.

What do award winners receive?

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 $45,000 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. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to approve any charitable donations.

.ORG of the Year – $35,000 USD

All Other Category Winners – $10,000 USD

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:


  1. Be featured extensively online during the .ORG Impact Awards online event in November 2021;
  2. Use a dedicated .ORG Impact Awards logo mark in promotional materials;
  3. Be featured in various .ORG digital platforms throughout the year, including articles, videos, social posts, and more.

What is the format of the awards program?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OIAs will move from a traditional in-person celebration event to a 100% online event conducted live on Tuesday, November 9th.