The Future of Philanthropy Lies in Blockchain Technology

Blockchain tech and crypto donations incorporated into the philanthropy sector have a chance of significantly improving the entire industry.
The past decade has produced an eruption in diverse giving channels and options for donating, changing the patterns of how people give. According to Blackbaud, online giving has shown steady increases, growing from 6.4% of all giving in 2013 to 8.5% in 2018. Hundreds of millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies have been donated as well, with notable donations including over $100 million to Fidelity Charitable, $29 million to DonorsChoose, $4 million to The Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund and many more.From industry startups designing programs that make donating cryptocurrency easier, to charities being more receptive to actually taking those donations, there is a general consensus that the future of philanthropic cryptocurrency ventures is a bright one.Related: Blockchain in Charity, ExplainedThe role crypto has played in charity up until nowBitcoin (BTC) is defined by its borderless, neutral and censorship-resistant nature, making it a comprehensive choice for use in philanthropic ventures. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have even started to take on leading roles in payments that are not related to banking systems.Up until now, cryptocurrencies have been used in numerous different ways to support charities and giving, including the launch of The Pineapple Fund, an anonymous fund that was able to rally over $55 million in Bitcoin that was then donated to charities. Recent studies about Bitcoin within the charity sector also reflect that cryptocurrency donations represent 1%–5% of the payment methods used for charitable donations, with over 100% growth in some countries, according to Funraise and Nonprofit Tech for Good’s 2019 “Global NGO Technology Report.”So, why are people starting to donate in cryptocurrency? There are a number of reasons cryptocurrency donations trump your average cash, check or credit donation, including the fact that a bull market could lead to extra funds, increasing people’s willingness to donate. Another common factor that leads to the use of cryptocurrency for donations is that when donating Bitcoin, you tend to owe no capital gains taxes. Additionally, by encouraging the use of cryptocurrency in something as common as a charitable donation, we are ultimately driving the overall adoption of digital currencies.Who is using cryptocurrency donations and how?The cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem has seen a growing number of companies that are making it easier to utilize cryptocurrency for donations, and a number of them have achieved great heights in their accomplishments with cryptocurrency philanthropy. For example, Paxful’s #BuiltWithBitcoin initiative is on a mission to build 100 schools with Bitcoin donations and has already completed three. Alice, a social funding and impact management platform built on the Ethereum blockchain, has focused on incentivizing charities, NGOs and social enterprises to run projects transparently by making sure that they get paid more when they achieve their goals.The Water Project is another charity that embraced cryptocurrencies early on. The mission of the nonprofit is “unlocking human potential by providing reliable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly

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