C6. The number of employees currently employed by the applicant.
At the time of this application’s submission the DotOrg Foundation
has no full time employees but does benefit from the considerable efforts
of directors, consultants and several advisors. They are:
Marshall Strauss, President— Mr. Strauss
is chair of the National Combined Federal Campaign Committee, a coalition
representing 23 national charity federations, federal employees and others
involved in administering the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC
is the annual workplace giving campaign for US federal employees. It incorporates
an internationally recognized certification program for charities, which
it has applied to more than 1,300 national and international charities
and 40,000 community charities. The CFC raised approximately USD$240 in
million 2001. Mr. Strauss also is president and chief executive officer
of Human and Civil Rights Organizations of America, Inc., an organization
he helped establish in 1994. More than 70 national and international non-commercial
organizations are affiliatedHe has focused his energies on international
political and human rights initiatives for more than two decades. His
leadership has contributed to the establishment and ongoing success of
major new ventures including the Democracy for China Fund, Freedom Channel,
Child Welfare League of America, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Robert Ellsworth, Special Advisor—Mr.
Ellsworth is the Director of Non-Profit Development for Network for Good,
a nonprofit that is using technology to find more effective ways to promote
e-philanthropy. Network for Good is funded by AOL Time Warner, Cisco Systems
and Yahoo! as well as the Kellogg and Surdna Foundations. With a database
of more than 850,000 nonprofits, Network for Good has processed more than
USD$6 million in donations since its launch in 2001. As a founding board
member of organizations such as eContributor.com and the ePhilanthropy
Foundation, Mr. Ellsworth has developed an expertise in and understanding
of the nonprofit sector and how noncommercial organizations use technology.
Beth Kingsley, Partner, Harmon, Curran, Spielberg
& Eisenberg, LLP—Ms. Kingsley and her law firm specialize
in legal counsel to nonprofit organizations.
Upon being approved by ICANN to become the new .org registry operator,
the DotOrg Foundation plans on an initial staff of five professionals:
- Executive Director
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Technical Officer
- Policy Officer and Legal Counsel
- Outreach and Education Officer
The duties collectively performed by the DotOrg Foundation staff include:
- Support the DotOrg Foundation, Board, Advisors and Committees,
providing necessary information and carrying out their policy instructions;
- Liaise with ICANN and participate in and respond to ICANN
- Manage relations with the .org registrars;
- In conjunction with registrars, provide mechanisms for outreach
to noncommercial entities and improve their opportunity for dialogue
and input; and
- Liaise with noncommercial validators.
- Oversee technical performance of sub-contractors; and
- Liaise with technical policy groups such as the IETF.
For performance of the technical requirements for registry and additional
services, please refer to our answers to Questions C13-15.
- Create annual budgets for The DotOrg Foundation, submit same to the
Foundaiton Board and implement their decisions;
- Ensure that financial plans are followed as approved by the Board;
- Oversee related registry finances such as revenue and expenditures
connected with registrars and others;
- Maintain proper and transparent financial controls;
- Ensure that proper fees are paid on a timely basis to ICANN;
- Respond to ICANN audits and provide audited financial information
as necessary to the public and ICANN;
- Provide financial reporting;
- Monitor and enforce financial terms of sub-contracts and agreements;
- Manage DotOrg Foundation’s accounts and disbursements.
- Provide legal advice to the DotOrg Foundation’s staff, board
- Draft and negotiate legal agreements;
- Provide guidance on regulatory issues regarding business ventures;
- Provide guidance on legal and regulatory issues relating to DotOrg
Foundation’s nonprofit and tax-exempt status;
- Monitor regulations worldwide that may impact DotOrg Foundation’s
business dealings and operations;
- Ensure compliance monitoring and enforcement of all agreements;
- Create relations with counsel for business partners and ICANN;
- Provide legal review of all public statements for liability issues;
- Oversee litigation if it occurs; and
- Provide and maintain risk management, indemnity, and liability policies.
- Draft DotOrg Foundation organizational policies and gain their approval
by the Board;
- Act as liaison and staff support to directors, advisors and committees
charged with policy development, review and approval;
- Represent the DotOrg Foundation in ICANN, governmental, and other
policy development processes;
- Liaise with business partners and validators concerning noncommercial
policies and comply with such policies; and
- Manage DotOrg Foundation policies in response to dialogue with the
.org registrar and registrant community.
- Create and oversee outreach initiatives targeted at noncommercial
organizations with the aim of promoting the use of .org;
- Create mechanisms to allow for dialogue with and among noncommercial
organizations and other .org registrants world-wide;
- Oversee marketing relationships with registrars to increase the reach
and impact to the .org registrant community; and
- Oversee and provide guidance to outreach and marketing plans of business
partners and sub-contractors to ensure that the policies and mission
of the DotOrg Foundation are properly represented.