Generic top-level domains
This is an open TLD; any person or entity is permitted to register. Originally created as a miscellaneous category as stated in RFC 920 (October 1984) "...any other domains meeting the second level requirements," and clarified in RFC 1591 (March 1994), "This domain is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for organizations that didn't fit anywhere else. Some non-government organizations may fit here." While mainly non-profits have used this domain, it was never restricted from miscellaneous use.
% IANA WHOIS server % for more information on IANA, visit http://www.iana.org % This query returned 1 object domain: ORG organisation: Public Interest Registry (PIR) address: 11911 Freedom Drive, address: 10th Floor, Suite 1000 address: Reston VA 20190 address: United States of America (the) contact: administrative name: Director of Operations, Compliance and Customer Support organisation: Public Interest Registry (PIR) address: 11911 Freedom Drive, address: 10th Floor, Suite 1000 address: Reston VA 20190 address: United States of America (the) phone: +1 703 889 5778 fax-no: +1 703 889 5779 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org contact: technical name: Senior Director, DNS Infrastructure Group organisation: Donuts Inc. address: 10500 NE 8th Street, Suite 750 address: Bellevue WA 98004 address: United States of America (the) phone: 1.425.298.2200 fax-no: 1.425.671.0020 e-mail: email@example.com nserver: A0.ORG.AFILIAS-NST.INFO 220.127.116.11 2001:500:e:0:0:0:0:1 nserver: A2.ORG.AFILIAS-NST.INFO 18.104.22.168 2001:500:40:0:0:0:0:1 nserver: B0.ORG.AFILIAS-NST.ORG 22.214.171.124 2001:500:c:0:0:0:0:1 nserver: B2.ORG.AFILIAS-NST.ORG 126.96.36.199 2001:500:48:0:0:0:0:1 nserver: C0.ORG.AFILIAS-NST.INFO 188.8.131.52 2001:500:b:0:0:0:0:1 nserver: D0.ORG.AFILIAS-NST.ORG 184.108.40.206 2001:500:f:0:0:0:0:1 ds-rdata: 26974 8 2 4fede294c53f438a158c41d39489cd78a86beb0d8a0aeaff14745c0d16e1de32 whois: whois.publicinterestregistry.org status: ACTIVE remarks: Registration information: remarks: http://publicinterestregistry.org created: 1985-01-01 changed: 2022-06-03 source: IANA