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C4. The applicant's type of entity (e.g., corporation, partnership, etc.) and law (e.g., Denmark) under which it is organized. Please state whether the applicant is for-profit or nonprofit. If it is nonprofit, please provide a detailed statement of its mission.

The DotOrg Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, USA.

The DotOrg Foundation is in the process of preparing and will soon file with the United States Internal Revenue Service an application for recognition of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3).

The DotOrg Foundation was formed in May 2002 to manage the new .org registry in accordance with the terms of ICANN's .org TLD RFP.

The DotOrg Foundation draws upon the expertise and international reach of its board of directors, consultants, and business partners. The Foundation seeks to foster dialogue among all sectors of the international noncommercial sector and places a particularly strong emphasis on building meaningful participation in the Internet among .org registrants and potential future registrants in developing countries and currently under-served communities.

The DotOrg Foundation’s mission is to:

  • Operate the .org registry to high standards of reliability and security;
  • Provide for a stable transition to the new registry operator;
  • Maintain and enhance the level of registry services offered to all current and future .org registrants and registrars;
  • Protect the rights of .org registrants;
  • Support and foster the participation of the noncommercial sector on the Internet, particularly those in developing countries and under-served communities, by facilitating their ability to obtain domain names in the .org TLD and otherwise utilize the Internet’s tools;
  • Enhance the global dialogue among the noncommercial registrants and support their understanding of and meaningful participation in the domain name system and ICANN;
  • Offer solutions that increase the Internet as a secure and reliable place for noncommercial entities around the world and the public to engage in on-line interaction; and
  • Utilize the USD$5,000,000 endowment to enhance registry services and related activities for the benefit of .org registrants.


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