What’s the Epilepsy Foundation doing messing around with Cryptocurrency? Why are we in a space that regularly uses words like PancakeSwap and misspells words like HODL, RETK, and FUD as in, “don’t let the FUD allow you to get RETK when you should buy the dip and HODL for dear life!”
Weird? Maybe, but there’s a lot of money in the cryptocurrency space – at last check crypto’s market cap was around $1.6 Trillion. Yes, it can be volatile and a little complicated. But the market has experienced long term growth over time and everyday there is a news story about another company (read: Venmo, PayPal, Visa) accepting it as part of their standard offerings. Don’t believe the growth? Ask Bitcoin Pizza Guy.
Even more important is cryptocurrency’s superpower – the community itself. Crypto is decentralized, in essence owned and operated by the community. Go to any Telegram App page or Clubhouse room dedicated to this topic, and you will find a vibrant, passionate community that believes in the collective good.
When innovation and generosity collide, you get Hope Token, a crypto charity token powered by their community determined to change the world! And they are…quickly. Within two weeks of launching Epilepsy Foundation’s cryptocurrency program, we received our first gift of $65,000 from Hope. This isn’t the only charity player in crypto – but in no time at all they have become a leading voice in the nonprofit space, organizing like-minded crypto HODLers globally to do good, quickly, and with significant impact. We were honored to be one of Hope’s first donations – which was instantaneous, completely transparent (we live-streamed the actual donation), and was immediately turned into dollars that went right to our mission. If you want a glimpse into the future of nonprofit fundraising, check them out now.
All of this was facilitated by our cryptocurrency partner, The Giving Block. Yet another example of a dedicated group of experts who help our team navigate this fast and ever-changing digital ecosystem.
Here is the obligatory part where I tell you I am not a financial advisor and this is not financial advice. Full disclosure – I own a little (emphasis on “little”) crypto and have “kick the tires” testing donations. While there is a small learning curve to get into cryptocurrency it is easier than you think (heck, if I can do it…). But once you are in, transactions are a breeze. Donating through our widget with The Giving Block is faster, easier, and with smaller transaction fees compared to most credit/debit cards and traditional platforms. (#NotAnAd)
Bottom line, cryptocurrency is here to stay. The Epilepsy Foundation will continue to innovate and open new doors to new communities, because if you have a brain, you can have a seizure. We believe the ADAs, Lumens, Matics, Links, and Eths of the world…and the granddaddy of them all, Bitcoin, are here to stay. The future is coming at us faster every day and the Epilepsy Foundation’s digital-first strategy future-proofs our work with exponential impact, fueling our fundraising efforts to launch our mission “To the moon!”
Got some crypto and want to make an impact – visit our cryptocurrency page!