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.Org Domain Sold to Private Equity Firm

Center administrators, if your center website address ends with .org, this information might be of interest to you. Some nonprofit organizations are concerned about increased online costs after the recent sale of the .org domain to a private equity firm called Ethos Capital LLC. 

Last week, Public Interest Registry said it reached an agreement to be acquired by Ethos for an undisclosed price. The deal is expected to close early next year. Public Interest Registry has managed the .org domain registry since 2002. There are roughly 10 million .org domains in operation, including most web addresses used by associations.

The concern that Ethos will raise the fee to renew domain names has heightened since the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a global entity that manages the Internet’s address system, took steps in June to remove the longstanding price cap of 10% for renewal of .org domain names. ASAE submitted comments to ICANN earlier this year arguing that removing the price cap would expose the vast association and tax-exempt sector to exploitative pricing in the years ahead. ICANN reasoned that competition will keep prices in check, but associations with established web addresses will not risk changing their web address and losing their online identity.

“Stating that nonprofit organizations can easily switch from one domain name to another if they don’t like the pricing structure ignores the reality that established nonprofits have a longstanding Internet presence built on a .org domain name – a name and online reputation that the organization (not the registry operator) has spent decades cultivating,” ASAE said in its comments.

The ICANN contract allows existing registrants to renew their domain names for up to 10 years at current prices before price hikes take effect but ASAE believes this only delays the inevitable pricing instability to come.

A spokesperson for Ethos told the Wall Street Journal this week that the firm is committed to reasonable pricing for domain name renewals, but ASAE added its name to a coalition letter this week urging the Internet Society to stop the sale of Public Interest Registry to Ethos. “A registry could abuse these powers to do significant harm to the global NGO sector,” the letter states. “We cannot afford to put them into the hands of a private equity firm that has not earned the trust of the NGO community. .Org must be managed by a leader that puts the needs of NGOs over profits.”


PATH Intl. Launches New Individual Membership Options and Benefits


Beginning July 1, 2019 select the PATH Intl. membership tier that best fits your individual needs and start enjoying your incredible new benefits!

In response to member requests for a more customized membership experience, PATH Intl. is rolling out its new individual membership tiers. Individuals can select from several options to align the benefits they value with their personal goals and needs. The next time you renew you will have choices and some new exciting benefits the association has been eager to announce!

The tier you’ll probably feel most familiar with, because it’s closest to the previous individual and instructor memberships, is now called the Participating Membership. There is one difference though and that’s the fact that for a limited time it will be $5 less than the previous membership.

The next tier is called the Professional Membership. Professional members will receive all the benefits of a participating member plus discounts on education and certification fees, access to the PATH Intl. Perks by Abenity program for the member plus two additional people and two free PATH Intl. webinars or conference session recordings (*premium education not included).

The highest tier is the Professional Plus Membership. Members at this level will receive all the benefits of the participating and professional levels plus FREE access to all PATH Intl. webinars or conference session recordings (*premium education not included). If you’re a person who’d enjoy a full year of free, unlimited access to all the PATH Intl. webinars and conference recordings, this level is for you.

Click here for the list of each of the tiers and their associated benefits. New benefits are highlighted. Watch for upcoming communications about how to start taking advantage of everything the new benefits provide! Have questions in the meantime about new benefits or the tiers? Check out the FAQs.

Members whose membership expires after April 1, 2019 who have already renewed may upgrade their membership to the professional or professional plus levels paying only the difference in cost. Your expiration date will remain the same. To upgrade, download the membership upgrade form from the PATH Intl. website. The form will be available before the end of June.

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PATH Intl. New Database FAQs

The launch of the new membership database is going really well! We have received a few recurring questions so have prepared FAQs to hopefully answer some of your questions. Link to FAQs


 

Job Task Analysis: The trek continues...

Trek to Accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

As most of you know by now, one of the major initiatives in the PATH Intl. strategic plan is to achieve independent, third party accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in order to provide validation that our certification meets recognized credentialing standards. For a refresher on this this objective, read the . As mentioned in that article, one of the first major initiatives was to conduct a job task analysis (JTA) in order to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities a newly certified PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor should possess. Click here to read more.


PATH Intl. Undergoes Its Own Accreditation


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