The .charity domain name is an open, unrestricted top-level domain (TLD) for charitable organizations. It can be used by any charitable organization with a presence in at least one of the categories set out in ICANN's eligibility criteria.
Who can register .charity?
The .charity domain name is unrestricted, meaning all charitable organizations can register a .charity domain name. This does not mean that every charitable organization should have a .charity domain name.
It means that those who choose to use a .charity domain name must meet the eligibility requirements set out by ICANN, as listed below.
What are the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible to register, your organization must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Has a mission that supports education (includes instruction), human rights (includes freedom of expression and association), health (human or animal), or research;
- Is constituted for charitable purposes in support of the public good, or has been granted charitable status by a recognized authority;
- Provides fiduciary services to other charities;
- Possesses a trusted charter issued by the government of its operating territory formally recognizing it as a nonprofit organization that is not formed for profit and that will use its assets solely for philanthropic purposes.
What is not considered a charitable organization?
The following are examples of organizations that generally would not qualify for .charity:
- An entity formed to sell goods at a profit;
- A company or business which may result in some benefit to society or the environment, such as computer hardware and software manufacturers;
- A foundation created by an individual that is not a charity;
- A political party; and
- An organization formed for political purposes.
What are the registration restrictions for a .charity domain name?
The character restrictions for .charity are the same as other gTLDs (letters, numbers, and hyphens). The following additional restrictions apply:
- At least one category 1 term must be included in either the second or third position;
- Each .charity domain name registration may contain up to 63 characters;
- Only letters (a-z), digits (0-9), and hyphens (-) are allowed;
- The availability of a .charity domain name is dependent on the outcome of the community priority registration process.
About the community priority registration process
The community priority registration process is a process designed to provide eligible charitable organizations with an opportunity to register a .charity domain name, prior to any general availability. This process will be managed by the registry operator for .charity and implemented by ICANN in accordance with their Registry Agreement.
Who can register domains in the .charity TLD?
All charitable organizations that meet the eligibility criteria set out by ICANN are eligible to register .charity domain names.
What is a .charity domain name used for?
A .charity domain name can be used in the same way that any other domain name can be used. Charities have been using domain names since the very beginning of the Internet to provide information about their organization, find new staff, raise funds or simply create awareness.