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Nominet to donate over $260,000 to Children In Need

Kevin Murphy, October 8, 2018, 10:31:25 (UTC), Domain Registries

UK ccTLD registry Nominet said today that it will donate £1 ($1.31) for every domain registered to the charity Children In Need.

The initiative, which runs from today until November 19, is being backed up with a £200,000 ($261,000) minimum donation commitment.

Every paid-for domain in .co.uk, .uk, .me.uk and .org.uk will count.

The .uk space typically has been doing about 125,000 to 130,000 new regs per month recently, across all subdomains and direct .uk, so we’re looking at a potentially substantial donation here.

The money raised will help fund technology-related youth projects across the UK, Nominet said.

Judging by today’s press release, non-profit Nominet is calling itself a “profit with a purpose” company nowadays.

Children In Need is a charity run by the BBC. It broadcasts a fundraising telethon every year, typically raising tens of millions of pounds.

This year’s show is being broadcast November 16.

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Comments (3)

  1. Raquel says:

    What this really means is that not-for-profit Nominet (monopoly registry for co.uk, .uk domain names) which has too much money coming in are overcharging customers £1 ($1.31) in the hope of getting nominations of OBEs and CBEs for Nominet Directors for their “charitable” efforts.

    A bit like their Nominet Charitable Trust:
    Google “.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters”.

    Registries such as “not-for-profit” Nominet rolling in cash should look first at their pricing for registrations.

    Lesley Ruth Cowley previous chairwoman of Nominet who played a leading role in the establishment of the Nominet Trust charity was awarded an OBE.

  2. Dan says:

    Nominet have rebrabded their status as “profit with a purpose” since Russel became CEO… So it has been a while.

  3. Glaston says:

    Reading an article in theregister.co.uk about Nominet abandoning its charitable foundation

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/19/nominet_abandons_charitable_trust/

    The same day as the announcement in January 2018 that Nominet was abandoning its own charitable foundation raising questions about the organization’s direction and accountability., Nominet Trust’s chair of trustees Natalie Campbell formally resigned as did two of its directors, Nora Nanayakkara – a former Nominet board member – and Jemima Rellie.

    The exodus matched a similar one in 2015, a few months after Haworth took over as CEO, when the entire Nominet Trust team, including its chief exec, chair, five of its six trustees, and most of its senior staff all resigned en masse.

    Resignations are nothing new to Nominet, in 2009 when Lesley Cowley was Nominet CEO, Jim Davies resigned

    http://kierenmccarthy.com/2009/01/28/davies-resignation-letter/

    and also Angus Hanton

    http://kierenmccarthy.com/2009/01/30/angus-hanton-resignation12-nov-08/

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