.ONG domains at Gandi.net
Accreditation: Gandi has been accredited by PIR since January 2015
Price: see the ..ONG price list
Terms and Conditions
Assigning: .ONG domains are open to NGOs that meet the following requirements: The Registry has set-up seven characteristics to qualify as an NGO: *1. Focused on acting in the public interest. Whether in support of education or health, the environment or human rights, members of the NGO community work for the good of humankind and/or the preservation of the planet and do not promote discrimination or bigotry.
*2. Non-profit focused entities. While many NGOs engage in commercial activities or generate revenue in support of their missions, members of the NGO community do not recognise profits or retain earnings.
*3. Limited government influence. Recognising that many NGOs have important interactions with government, not least for reasons of funding (which may include receipt of some government funding in support of their programs), members of the NGO community decide their own policies, direct their own activities and are independent of direct government or political control.
*4. Independent actors. Members of the NGO community should not be political parties nor should be a part of any government. Participation in the work of an NGO or ONG is voluntary.
*5. Active Organisations. Members of the NGO community are actively pursuing their missions on a regular basis. *6. Structured. Members of the NGO community, whether large or small, operate in a structured manner (e.g., under bylaws, codes of conduct, organisational standards, or other governance structures.)
*7. Lawful. Members of the NGO community act with integrity within the bounds of law.
NGOs participating as members in the OnGood community must certify that they adhere to the above Eligibility Requirements.
A validation process will be conducted by the Registry.
Syntax: from 2 to 63 alphanumeric characters or a hyphen (excluding in the first and last place and third and fourth place)
IDN (accented domain names): Yes, German and Spanish scripts are supported
Registration period: 1 to 10 years during general availability
Third-level domains: No
Private domain registration: No
When registering a .NGO/ .ONG You acknowledge that :
Registration of domains in .NGO|.ONG are technically “bundled.” This means that by registering and purchasing a domain in the .NGO TLD, for example, You are also registering and purchasing the corresponding name in the .ONG TLD (and vice-versa for registrations in .ONG). You cannot, for example, purchase “example.ngo” by itself; by purchasing the domain “example.ngo” You are also necessarily purchasing the domain “example.ong” due to the technical bundling of domains in .NGO|.ONG.
a. If You take a particular action concerning the registration of a domain registered in .ngo (such as transferring or deleting the registration), the same action must also be taken for the corresponding .ong domain (and vice-versa)
b. If, pursuant to this, or any of its other Policies (available here), Public Interest Registry (the “Registry” or “PIR”) takes action concerning a domain registered in .NGO (including, but not limited to, denying, suspending, revoking, transferring or modifying the information or services provided in relation to any domain name), the Registry will necessarily take the same action against the corresponding domain registered in the .ONG TLD (and vice versa).
Limited Registration Applications follow this scheme:
During the registration process, You will be asked to verify and certify that You meet the eligibility requirements listed above. This will be accomplished via a two-step process.
→ Step 1: Registration
The first step requires that You make an application with Gandi and that You provide information about Yourself to the Registry thanks to the OnGood program (https://www.ongood.ngo/login), including the identity of the NGO or NGO association on whose behalf You are acting and the role that the representative of the registering entity fulfills within the NGO or NGO association. You will then certify (via click through box) that You have read, understand and have complied with these Registration Policies and that information provided by the entity is accurate and complete.
It is Your responsibility to determine whether the domain name bundle registration infringes or violates someone else’s rights. It is also Your responsibility to determine whether the domain name bundle registration complies with these Registration Policies. Since .NGO and .ONG are validated TLDs, transparency in the registration process is essential. Accordingly, neither proxy registrations nor hidden WHOIS information are permitted for domains registered in .ngo|.ong.
PIR conducts random audits of .ngo|.ong domain bundle registrations and reserves the right to cancel, transfer or modify a domain name, in accordance with PIR’s Registrations Dispute Resolution Policy (“RDRP”), Anti-Abuse Policy, Takedown Policy or other legal requirements.
Once the registration process is completed, the domain name bundle will be registered, but will not resolve until the validation process (below) is successfully completed.
→ Step 2: Validation:
You will be required to submit information and documentation to PIR establishing that You meet the eligibility requirements of an NGO. You will be asked to provide evidence of Your NGO status through a document upload function when You begin the validation process. Validation documentation may consist of one or more of the following: government lists, corporate documents (e.g., Articles of Incorporation), tax records or other documents evidencing the entity’s charitable status and work in the community it serves. PIR may attempt to confirm that the documentation provided establishes Your NGO status. In the event that PIR requires additional information to confirm Your NGO status (which is determined in PIR’s sole discretion), it will notify You that more information is needed to complete the validation process and You will need to provide such additional information or documentation to complete validation. Once validation is complete the domain name bundle will resolve.
If You do not successfully complete the validation process within three hundred sixty (360) days from the date You register the domain name bundle, the domain name bundle will be deleted and released back into the pool of available domains and any fees paid in connection with the registration of the domain name bundle will be forfeit.
You will be required to certify that the information and documentation You submitted in the validation process remains true, complete and accurate at least once every two years after initial validation. The Registry will, from time to time, conduct random audits of registrants to ensure compliance with NGO eligibility requirements. You acknowledge and understand that, in the event You are selected for such an audit, You will promptly comply with any inquiries and requests from the Registry to provide additional evidence of Your NGO status. If, as a result of the audit process, the Registry determines (in its sole discretion) that You do meet the NGO eligibility requirements, Your domain name bundle will be deleted and released back into the pool of available domains and any fees paid in connection with Your domain name bundle will be forfeit.
→ Name Selection Policy
The .NGO|.ONG domain name bundle that You wish to register must fulfill certain name policy criteria. PIR permits .NGO|.ONG registrants to register the following types of domain name bundles:
->the name of (entire or portion of) the NGO, e.g. its “doing business as” name;
->an acronym representing the NGO;
->a name that recognizes or generally describes the NGO; or
->a name related to the mission or activities of the NGO.
Renewal: domains are deactivated upon expiration. It is possible to renew up to 45 days following the expiration date
Transfer (change of Registrar): the process is started on the new registrar's interface with an auth code. Ensure that your domain does not have a TransferProhibited status, is older than 60 days and has not been transferred in the last 60 days. The effective transfer depends on your validation (by email) and renews the domain name for one year
Change of Ownership: available on our interface, the current procedure consists in email confirmation by both former and new domain name owner. The expiration date is unchanged.
Deletion process: quarantine of 30 days, see this table