What You Should Know about the New .ONG and .NGO Domains

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May 17, 2015; Nonprofit Tech for Good

On May 6th, the entity known as Public Interest Registry (PIR), which administers the .org top-level domain, the world’s third-largest “generic” top-level domain, officially launched the new .ngo and .ong domains, now available to nonprofits internationally.

Already over 1,400 .ong and .ngo domain names have been registered by non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, and charities around the world. These unique domains could give an organization more trust and credibility online in a space where charity scams are becoming increasingly more common.

All organizations that purchase new domains will also gain membership to PIR’s new online directory, OnGood, where nonprofits can create profile pages and accept online donations. OnGood has released a graphic that maps out the international usage of NGO and ONG:


NGO and ONG graphic


Public Interest Registry has also shared four reasons why nonprofits should consider registering with the new .ngo and .ong domains:

  • Validation: Domains will only be available to genuine NGOs, as compared to .org domains, which are open to purchase by anyone.
  • Establish Trust: Given the exclusivity of receiving these new domains, donors will be able to know and trust the organizations they are giving to.
  • Visibility: All domain holders will be added to PIR’s exclusive online NGO directory. 
  • Global Reach: This packaged domain allows organizations to register their name “in both Romance and non-Romance languages simultaneously, thereby maximizing your reach.”

Has your nonprofit considered getting its .ngo/.ong domain yet?—Aine Creedon

Correction: This newswire has been altered from its original form. The number of .ngo and .org domains was confused for the number of .org domains, as both are administered by PIR. Nonprofit Quarterly apologizes for any confusion.


  • Confused

    If we already have a .ORG domain name, what is the value of adding a .ONG or .NGO?

  • Robert Dillon

    Acronyms suck when there’s no explanation of the words behind them posted first.

  • JoeJ

    I know NGO (Non-government organization) but what is “ONG”?

  • KevinC

    From the PIR website: “.ong, the translated equivalent (of .ngo) for regions where Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) are most prevalent.

  • Ray Fellows

    As a 501C3 with a .orin a ng address, I dont see a value of a .ngo domaine name. How many people outside of the nonprofit world will even know what NGO means. Its an industry acronymn

  • Dennis

    Save your money. It is just a marketing scheme to sell domain names. Use .org. No one knows what ngo or ong are. Unless you are truly an international not for profit, it is a waste. Even in the US no one talks about ngo. It is always 501c3 or non-profit or not for profit.

  • Steve Bolton

    How much would it cost for a small 501(c)(3) non-profit to join this network and use the .ngo suffix.

  • Steve Bolton

    I disagree with many of the previous commenters. Savvy donors and 99% of foundations know what is an NGO is. Any organization with international reach may be more familiar with NGO than with ORG