This press release was distributed August 23, 2002 and
has been posted to ICANN via firstname.lastname@example.org:
Support for Validation Strong; Evidence Clear
DotOrg Foundation President "Astounded"
by Noncommercial Committee Report
Washington, D.C. - August 23, 2002 - The DotOrg
Foundation today offered further evidence of the desire of the nonprofit world for
validation. The Foundation is submitting this evidence to ICANN in response
to the report of the Noncommercial Constituency Evaluation Committee.
we were astounded by the failure of the Evaluation Committee to understand the significance
of validation for the nonprofit world," observed Marshall Strauss, president of the
DotOrg Foundation. "To those of us who daily tackle the realities of fundraising,
volunteerism, and general public support for the civic agenda, the importance of
validation is obvious," he said.
In contrast to the reaction of the Evaluation
Committee, nonprofit groups and coalitions have stepped forward to endorse the Foundation's
validation concepts, namely:
* Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
* Charities Aid Foundation
* Charity Navigator
* Habitat for Humanity, Canada
Strauss noted that he himself is president of Human and Civil Rights Organizations
of America and chair of the National Combined Federal Campaign Committee. "Every
day, I deal with donor concerns as to whether a nonprofit is real. Every day,
I see the value of reassuring people that the groups they are interested in helping
are worthwhile. If we can strengthen the confidence of those wanting to support
nonprofits, we will be contributing a profound service," Strauss said.
noted that in many ways the DotOrg Foundation's directors represent and reflect the
concerns of the noncommercial community around the world. "It is an honor,
really, to sit on a board with individuals of this stature, people who bring years
of international leadership experience in the field of civil society," Strauss said.
"These individuals came to this project specifically because they realized the importance
The DotOrg Foundation submitted further support for validation
to ICANN to be found in three studies:
* Independent Sector's latest public survey
on trust in the charitable sector, http://www.independentsector.org/PDFs/trust.pdf,
states several reasons why having trust in a charity is financially important to
the charity: "The amount given to the charity is 50% higher when the donor has trust
in the organization."
* Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance, October 17,
2001: 51% of adult Americans surveys said that it is not easy to find information
about a particular charity, 70% say it is difficult to tell whether the charity making
the solicitation is legitimate, 56% of online users say they are likely to go to
the charity's website for more information. Full report at: http://www.give.org/news/survey1.asp.
* The government of India has been studying ways to make their Non-Governmental
Agencies more accountable and transparent. The government has put this data
on the web at http://184.108.40.206/ngo/default.asp. From a study regarding
Indian NGOs from January 2002, http://planningcommission.nic.in/strgrp/stgp_vol.pdf,
"Department/Ministries should evolve systematic monitoring and evaluation practices",
"[monitoring and evaluation] information should be published and placed on [the Department's/Ministries']
In its bid to ICANN to operate the .org registry, the DotOrg Foundation
proposed to offer optional services that would bring together nonprofit groups and
those that validate them. "The concepts we presented to ICANN have attracted
the support of a who's who of leaders from the international nonprofit world," Strauss
said. "We would plan to consult with the .org community before actually rolling
out the product, but that community must largely include working nonprofit and other
noncommercial organizations that face the challenges solved by validation."
The DotOrg Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded with
the sole purpose of administering the .org top level domain (TLD) registry for The
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN. The value
of the DotOrg Foundation's specific and directed purpose is that it focuses all of
the Foundations resources on developing the .org TLD into a more reliable, trusted,
productive and distinctive space on the Internet. The DotOrg Foundation is
joined in its ICANN proposal by two partners with established reputations in the
Internet and nonprofit sectors - Registry Advantage, a division of Register.com
Inc. (NASDAQ: RCOM), as its registry function provider; and Kintera, to provide technical
development and maintenance for planned additional products and services. For
more information, visit the DotOrg Foundation website at www.dotorgfoundation.org.