The fundraising platform affirmed its commitment to the environment through its new EcoGift initiative, which will 2x offset carbon emissions from cryptocurrency donations.
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Giving Block, the cryptocurrency and stock fundraising platform behind “Crypto Philanthropy,” unveiled “EcoGift,” a process designed to make cryptocurrency donations climate-friendly. EcoGift was designed in collaboration with Climate Vault, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and leader in carbon reduction, to measure and negate the carbon footprint from cryptocurrency donations processed on The Giving Block’s platform.
“When it comes to crypto fundraising, nonprofits look to us as the leader in this space,” said Pat Duffy, Co-Founder of The Giving Block. “All of the environmental nonprofits we support need to be able to look their donors in the eye and tell them that the crypto they receive isn’t harming our planet. That’s why we created EcoGift, and why we’re going to keep doing what it takes to offer the greenest crypto fundraising platform.”
EcoGift calculates the per-transaction carbon footprint of individual crypto transactions on The Giving Block, triggering carbon elimination donations that are twice the size of a standard offset. These funds purchase twice as many carbon permits from cap-and-trade compliance markets, which are vaulted so that emitters cannot use them. The vaulted permits are then used to remove twice the atmospheric carbon as was contributed by the original crypto donation, turning crypto donations on The Giving Block into an environmental force for good.
Cryptocurrency remains one of the fastest growing donation methods for the nonprofit sector, with thousands of charitable organizations raising more than $125M via cryptocurrencies and NFTs through The Giving Block since its founding in 2018. Despite many cryptocurrencies moving to energy efficient protocols, concerns around crypto energy consumption has kept some environmental charities from exploring Web3 fundraising.
With EcoGift, The Giving Block intends to usher more environmentally-conscious nonprofits into Crypto Philanthropy and give donors greater peace of mind when they donate cryptocurrencies.
About The Giving Block
The Giving Block, a Shift4 company, is the leading non-cash asset fundraising platform connecting nonprofits with modern philanthropists. As pioneers of the “Crypto Philanthropy” movement, The Giving Block makes it easy for nonprofits to fundraise cryptocurrency as well as other non-cash assets such as stocks and donations from donor-advised funds (DAFs). Today, thousands of nonprofits around the world use The Giving Block’s platform and expertise to engage young donors, grow their donation revenue and future-proof their fundraising strategy for the next generation of philanthropists.