Finalists declared during leading nonprofit technology conference in San Francisco

RESTON, VA – (May 11, 2009) – .ORG, The Public Interest Registry ( announces the finalists of the first-ever NTC .ORG Ambassador Awards following the successful Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco, CA.  This award showcases the innovative and trend-setting ways .ORGs are using technology and social media to advance their mission, grow membership, and broaden awareness and visibility for their work and members.  There were 4 finalists and 1 winner chosen among the many submissions received.

"The .ORG Ambassador Program recognizes upstanding .ORGs and promotes sharing of best practices, communication, and interaction across the .ORG community," says Lance Wolak, Director of Marketing and Product Management for .ORG, The Public Interest Registry.  "As trend-setters in the area of technology and social media, these companies prove how effective communities of like-minded individuals online can ultimately help share ideas and enhance lives."

The winner of the 2009 NTC .ORG Ambassador Award is American Red Cross (  The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Their humanitarian mission connects to people and communities across the nation and around the world. 

"We are excited and honored to be named the 2009 NTC .ORG Ambassador," says Kathleen Weis, Director of IT Portfolio Management for the American Red Cross.  "Our goal is to create an empowered online community of Red Cross supporters and we are thrilled to be recognized for this award and to celebrate more than 125 years as the nation’s premier emergency response organization."

The 4 finalists for the award were: (in alphabetical order)

For the upcoming  12-month period, the award winner and finalists will have the ability to advance their organizations’ missions by establishing thought leadership positions in blogs, whitepapers, public relations activities and e-newsletters, as well as garner increased visibility  through coverage on the Public Interest Registry’s corporate website

About .ORG, The Public Interest Registry

Trusted across all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, .ORG is where people turn to find credible information, get involved, fund causes and support advocacy.  .ORG, The Public Interest Registry empowers the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively and, concurrently, takes a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and related issues.  The .ORG domain is the Internet’s third largest "generic" or non-country specific top-level domain with more than 7 million domain names registered worldwide.  .ORG, The Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society in 2002. It is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

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