Public Voting Now Open for the .ORG Website Makeover Contest

Ten Finalists Vie for Chance to Win a Fully Redesigned Website

RESTON, Va. (November 25, 2013) – Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today announced the 10 organizations selected as finalists in the .ORG Website Makeover Contest. Starting today through Friday, December 13, the general public has the opportunity to vote online to help the organization of their choice win a newly redesigned website from OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in web design and consulting for nonprofit and advocacy groups.

The full list of contest finalists includes:

• Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest: provides sanctuary for chimpanzees that were discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries.
• Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA): aims to advance human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in the Los Angeles, Calif. area.
• Container Recycling Institute: aims to make North America a global model for the collection and quality recycling of packaging materials.
• Critical Exposure: organizes programs to teach youth to use the power of photography to share their voices and become advocates for school reform and social change.
• Ecology Center: advocates at the local, state and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice and a sustainable future.
• The League of Young Voters Education Fund: engages and educates young people about the power of voting through annual grassroots campaigns.
• National Council of Urban Indian Health: represents the health care interests of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings.
• National Network to End Domestic Violence: dedicated to creating social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists.
• Renzi Education and Art Center: provides free education and art opportunities for students in grades K-12 in the greater Shreveport-Bossier, La. area.
• Washington Low Incoming Housing Alliance: seeks to lead the movement that ensures that all Washington state residents thrive in safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Contest finalists were selected for their unparalleled commitment to their respective causes, the positive impact they have had upon their constituents and the value that a new website will bring to helping the organizations further their missions.

“We received dozens of entries from organizations across the country demonstrating incredible passion for helping their respective communities,” said Nancy Gofus, Chief Operating Officer of Public Interest Registry. “Our finalists rose to the top because of their dedication and the potential impact they could make with a refreshed website. I encourage everyone to participate in the voting process over the next three weeks to learn more about these organizations and to help determine the .ORG Website Makeover contest winner.”

Organization members, supporters and the general public may cast one vote per day in support of the organization they would like to see win a redesigned website. The voting period closes on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The .ORG Website Makeover Contest is hosted by Public Interest Registry as part of an ongoing effort to empower nonprofit organizations and groups to effectively advance their causes online. 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 nonprofits revitalize their visual branding to better attract donations, volunteer participation and media attention.

To vote for one of these organizations, please visit http://pir.org/vote/.

For more information about Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio, please visit: www.pir.org and www.omnistudio.com. Join the conversation about the contest on Twitter using the hashtag #dotORGmakeover.

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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 ( http://www.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 its 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.


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