National Network to End Domestic Violence Voted Winner of the .ORG Website Makeover Contest

Anti-Violence Advocacy Group Garners More than 9,400 Votes to Win a Newly Redesigned Website from Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio

RESTON, Va. (February 12, 2014) – Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today announced the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) as the winner of the inaugural .ORG Website Makeover Contest. NNEDV received more than 9,400 votes from organization supporters during an open public voting period. NNEDV will now work alongside OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in web design and consulting for nonprofit and advocacy groups, to create a new website that will help elevate its online presence, grow audience reach and increase awareness of its mission and efforts to prevent and end domestic violence.

Public Interest Registry launched the .ORG Website Makeover Contest as part of an ongoing effort to empower nonprofit organizations and groups to effectively advance their causes online. The contest was launched in conjunction with Public Interest Registry’s own rebranding and newly launched website, which helped represent the organization as the trustworthy, purposeful, spirited and collaborative operator of .ORG and the soon-to-be-launched .NGO | .ONG domains.

“It has been a heartening experience to watch thousands of community members join together in support of the finalists and ultimately help the National Network to End Domestic Violence emerge as our first contest winner,” said Nancy Gofus, COO of Public Interest Registry. “We agree with the voting public that NNEDV’s passion and dedication exemplifies the values that we, at Public Interest Registry, have long associated with .ORG. A refreshed website not only provides the organization with an opportunity to further engage its community but also continue to inspire and lead its supporters in a new, invigorated way.”

Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence: “For nearly 20 years, NNEDV has worked to amplify survivors’ voices and build the path to ending domestic violence . Our website has served as a primary medium for survivors, allies and policymakers to learn about domestic violence, get help for themselves and others, and take action. We are honored by this tremendous opportunity from Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio to improve accessibility to our website, which will help us shed light on the scourge of domestic violence and on NNEDV’s many resources and programs that are working to create an environment where violence against women no longer exists.”

The .ORG Website Makeover Contest began with an open nomination period in late 2013, during which Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio called for nonprofits, community groups and corporate foundations across the nation to share how a redesigned website would help their organization and bolster greater communication of their ideas, missions and causes. A panel of judges then selected 10 finalists to advance to a public voting round.

For more information about Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio, please visit: pir.org and omnistudio.com. Visit nnedv.org to learn more about the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit 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 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.

About OmniStudio
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.

About the National Network to End Domestic Violence
NNEDV, a nonprofit tax-deductible organization, is a leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates. NNEDV members include the 56 statewide and territorial coalitions against domestic violence and many individuals who support that mission. NNEDV has been a premier national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for nearly 20 years, having led efforts among domestic violence victim advocates and survivors to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit nnedv.org, or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/nnedv) or Twitter (@nnedv).


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