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About .GIVES Domain Names

The .gives domain extension is ideal for charities, volunteer organizations, public service outfits, or any philanthropic movement that's intent on giving back to the community. The .gives space will create a communal niche for those who generously want to pay it forward.

Pre-Registration Information

The .gives launch is divided into three registration phases: Trademark Holder (Sunrise), Priority Pre-Registration (Early Access) and Pre-Registration (General Availability.) Each phase has specific application requirements:

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration gives you the best possible chance of securing a domain name before it's available to the general public, but it doesn't guarantee you will get it. You can only pre-register for Early Access and General Availability phases, and we'll submit your registration application when the phase begins.

Multiple applications with different registrars are resolved on a first-come, first-served basis during General Availability. If you aren’t able to secure the domain name, we’ll refund the registration fee. Application fees will not be refunded.

Trademark Holders Registration - Sunrise

Starting November 4, 2014 at 17:00 UTC to January 3, 2015 at 17:00 UTC, trademark holders can submit an application to register a .gives domain containing their owned mark, before it's available to the public.

Trademark validation goes through the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), which is an ICANN global repository for trademark data. Visit the TMCH website for information on registering a trademark.

Bulk .gives registration is not supported during Sunrise.

If you aren’t able to secure the domain name, we’ll refund the registration fee. Application fees will not be refunded.

You cannot cancel your registration application. If you are awarded the domain name, you have 5 days to cancel your domain name and get a refund of the registration fee only.

Priority Pre-Registration - Early Access

From January 7, 2015, at 17:00 UTC to January 14, 2015 at 17:00 UTC, customers can register .gives domain names at a premium price, and on a first-come, first-served basis. This phase offers the best chance of securing a domain name.

Bulk .gives registration is not supported during Early Access.

Pricing: The first 4 days of Priority Pre-Registration will have different fees, with day one being the highest and every day thereafter decreasing in price. Days 5 through 7 will be the same fee. The price of a domain registration during Priority Pre-Registration includes the registration fee and a non-refundable early application fee. For example, if a domain name's registration fee is $30 and the early application fee is $12,500, then the total cost is $12,530. The price of your gTLD may vary based on the domain you search for and pre-register.

The early application fee is NOT refundable if the domain is awarded and then cancelled. The early application fee is not charged if you do not get the domain. The registration fee is refundable if the domain name is cancelled, or if you do not get the domain name.

Pre-Registration - General Availability

Beginning January 14, 2015, at 17:00 UTC, customers can register .gives domain names on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bulk .gives registration is supported during General Availability.

Multiple applications with different registrars are resolved on a first-come, first-served basis during General Availability. If you aren’t able to secure the domain name, we’ll refund the registration fee.

If you are awarded the domain name, you have 5 days to cancel your domain name and get a refund of the registration fee.

Registration Information

For up to date information on .gives, click here.

Who can register .gives domain names?

Anyone can register .gives domain names on a first-come, first-served basis.

These domain names can have a up to 63 characters, with a minimum of 1 character, and can contain letters (a-z), numbers (0-9) and hyphens (except in the 3rd or 4th characters of the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #. The .gives supports IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names) in the following languages: French and Spanish.

Which registry controls .gives domain names?

The Rightside Registry manages and supports the .gives extension.

For how long can I register .gives domain names?

You can register a .gives domain name for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 10 years.

When do .gives domain names renew?

We'll attempt to auto-renew your .gives domain name on its expiration date. We will park .gives domain names after the first failed billing attempt. If the domain name isn't renewed within 40 days following expiration, we cancel the the domain name and remove it from your account.

Can I transfer .gives domain names to my account with you?

Yes. See Transfer domain names to GoWebsite for details on the transfer process.

Can I transfer .gives domain names from you to another registrar?

Yes. See Transferring Domain Names to Another Registrar for details on the transfer process for these domain names.

Can I add privacy and protection to .gives domain names?

Private Registration is available for .gives domain names, but Protected Registration is not available.

Can I backorder .gives domain names?

No. We currently do not support that backorder of .gives domain names.

Can I move .gives domain names to another account with you?

Yes. See Move a domain to another GoWebsite account to start the account move process.

Can I update the contact information for .gives domain names?

Yes. See Change contact information for details on making these changes.

Are there nameserver requirements for my .gives domain names?

Two nameservers is required for .gives domain to resolve, and a maximum of 13 nameservers is allowed. DNSSEC, IPv4 and IPv6 are supported.

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