.NGO and .ONG

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Introduced May 6, 2015
TLD type Generic top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Public Interest Registry
Sponsor Public Interest Registry
Intended use Non-profit organizations
Actual use Non-profit organizations (Proof of non-profit status required)
Registered domains 3,568 (20 February 2017)[1]
Structure Registrations at second level permitted
Dispute policies UDRP
Registry Website http://www.pir.org

The domain names .ngo and .ong are generic top-level domains (gTLD) of the Domain Name System (DNS) used in the Internet, sponsored and managed by the Public Interest Registry. The backend is provided by Afilias.[2]

In June 2011, ICANN expanded the internet’s naming system to allow applications for new top-level domain names.[3] The Public Interest Registry declared publicly an interest in the .NGO domain in August 2011[4] and applied for it in May 2012.[5] It also applied for an equivalent domain, .ONG, which stands for “Organisation Non Gouvernementale” in French, and is also recognizable in Spanish, Italian and other Romance languages.[6][7] Unlike the .ORG domain, .NGO will require validation of the registrant’s non-governmental status.[3] Non-governmental organizations told the Public Interest Registry they needed a closed domain[8] that validated the legitimacy of websites accepting online donations to avoid fraud.[8][9] The Public Interest Registry plans to use the funds from selling .NGO domains[10] to develop an “NGO Community Program” to reach out to NGOs in developing nations.[3] It also intends to create a directory service of NGOs to support their SEO and visibility, and develop a closed community for NGOs to learn from each other.[10] The new domains have been publicly available since May 6, 2015.

When purchasing either .ngo or .ong, the other is automatically purchased at the same time.[11]


  1. ^ ".NGO - New gTLD". namestat. 20 February 2017. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Kieren (14 November 2016). "PIR saves millions in .org rebid". The Register. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Kanani, Rahim (10 July 2012). "NGO Domain Name in the Works for Global Nonprofit Community". Forbes. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Sniderman, Zachary (2 August 2011). "With New Domain Names on Market, .ORG Guns for .NGO". Mashable. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Cute, Brian (31 May 2012). "Ushering in the Dot-NGO Boom: Protecting the Online Interests of Non-Governmental Organizations". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Gruenwald, Juliana (31 May 2012). ".BANK, .GLOBAL Could be Coming to Your Browser". National Journal. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "New .NGO and .ONG Web Domains Proposed for Nonprofits". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Thi Pham, Lieu (11 April 2012). "Charities hope .NGO domain will end scams". ZDNet. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ Flook, Bill (October 7, 2011). "Masters of your domain: Web address stampede could benefit D.C. tech firms". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Petronzio, Matt (31 May 2012). "Internet Non-Profit Applies for New Domains: Meet .ngo and .ong [EXCLUSIVE]". Mashable. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  11. ^ CREEDON, AINE (19 May 2015). "What You Should Know about the New .ONG and .NGO Domains". NonProfit Quarterly. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 

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