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Date/Time: Mon, August 5, 2002 at 11:50 PM GMT
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Subject: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) expresses support for DotOrg Foundation's proposal


                Dear ICANN:

On behalf of the 25,000 members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) across North America and around the world, I am writing to express my support for the DotOrg Foundation's proposal to operate and develop the .org registry for the benefit of its worldwide noncommercial registrants.

I was excited to hear that the DotOrg Foundation has developed an innovative approach to improving the capacity of nonprofit and noncommercial organizations around the world to communicate and become more active and effective via the Internet.  The Foundation's plan to implement new validation systems to enhance the level of confidence all Internet users have when visiting a .org, nonprofit or non-commercial website are of particular interest to AFP and the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

AFP's members work to generate philanthropic revenue for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.  Philanthropy and charitable giving are based upon public trust; without the confidence of donors and volunteers, nonprofits would find it difficult, if not impossible, to fulfill their missions.  With the inherent possibilities of fraud that exist in the Internet, AFP believes that the work of the DotOrg Foundation would be instrumental in enhancing public trust when using the Internet for activities related to the nonprofit sector (e.g. online giving, virtual volunteering, etc.)

The work of the nonprofit sector is critical to creating the social bonds and sense of community that is necessary to implement positive social change.  As technology brings the world closer together and boundaries diminish, it is incumbent upon the sector to use the Internet and other technologies to improve and enhance our own operations and effectiveness.  AFP supports the new registry proposed by the DotOrg Foundation because it will do just that - create a greater sense of community by ensuring smooth and efficient operations of the .org Internet space and enhance the Internet as a tool to build civil society around the world.

AFP is further encouraged by the DotOrg Foundation's priorities and structure, which include an independent, focused mission; a diverse and experienced international board; a public-private partnership; and, accomplished and proven partners with a track record of success.  The Foundation's mission to help nonprofit organizations transition successfully into the online arena is a worthy one that will find many supporters from the nonprofit sector.

In conclusion, let me reiterate AFP's strong support for the DotOrg Foundations proposal to operate and develop the .org registry for the benefit of its worldwide noncommercial registrants.


Paulette V. Maehera, CFRE, CAE
President and CEO
Association of Fundraising Professionals
1101 King Street, Suite 700
Alexandria, VA 22314


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