Freedom of the Press Foundation Accepts Cryptocurrency Donations

Freedom of the Press Foundation accepts cryptocurrency donations

As of this Monday, June 18, 2018, the Freedom of the Press Foundation accepts cryptocurrency donations. But what tokens is it accepting?

Freedom of the Press Foundation Accepts Cryptocurrency Donations

The non-profit helps journalists to report on issues such as the “mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.” The foundation has announced that it is accepting Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Zcash (ZEC).

The foundation hopes to add more cryptocurrencies in the future, but currently, donations can be made to the digital wallets that have been added to the Freedom of the Press Foundation website.

According to the official release, the Freedom of the Press Foundation believes that “decentralized technology has great potential to advance the ability of individuals to resist surveillance and censorship.”

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Although the announcement was only just made on Monday, one blockchain company, called Mainframe, has already donated 1,000 ETH to the non-profit foundation, which is approximately $500,000 USD, at the current market value.

In regards to the donation, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has said:

“We are deeply grateful Mainframe has made this critical donation to help Freedom of the Press Foundation protect journalists and whistleblowers, and are excited Mainframe, through their technology, shares our commitment to protecting privacy and freedom online.”

Donations will help to support the foundation’s projects to advance press freedom, including their SecureDrop whistleblower submission platform.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation can be added to a list of non-profits that have begun to accept cryptocurrency donations, including the Red Cross, the Water Project, and even the Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Foundation (where actor Ashton Kutcher donated nearly $4 million worth of Ripple’s XRP to in May).

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The acceptance of cryptocurrencies as a form of donation could be attributed to its growth in popularity. Either way, foundations like the Freedom of the Press Foundation are now opening their doors to a different type of donation that will still help to support them.

Do you think this could lead to other companies or businesses accepting cryptocurrencies?

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