Fidelity Charitable’s digital asset donations this year have been four times more than the previous record year in 2017.
The largest grantmaker in the United States – Fidelity Charitable – has reportedly beaten all its previous records in terms of cryptocurrency donations received by the organization. Since the beginning of 2021, it has accepted nearly $274 million in digital assets.
Crypto Donations Smashed The Records
The news was reported by the British business newspaper City A.M. Keeping in mind the pace of the donations, they can even surpass the $300 million milestone by the end of the ongoing year.
It is worth noting that Fidelity Charitable’s previous record for such contributions was set in 2017 when numerous people and entities donated $69 million in digital assets to the organization. Meaning that the first eleven months of 2021 have been four times more successful than the entire record year.
Apart from the Fidelity Charitable, other entities also acquired considerable amounts of crypto donations throughout 2021. The coverage outlined the case with the cryptocurrency platform – Engiven. Earlier this year, it accepted a single donation of $10 million worth of bitcoin, which it later gifted to an undisclosed faith-based group.
However, Rick Cohen – Chief Communications and Operating Officer at the National Council on Nonprofits – said the cryptocurrency industry is too volatile for small charity entities to start accepting such donations:
“For a lot of organizations, it feels a little bit scary because it’s not the contribution of dollars that they’re used to. It’s not something that’s free and easy, and they need to figure out if there’s even demand from their current donors to be able to do it.”
Other Examples of Crypto Donations
As CryptoPotato reported last month, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation allowed people to make donations in digital assets. The non-profit charity organization focusing on providing better healthcare for children started accepting some of the largest cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin, and Litecoin.
Among the most popular examples of such contributions is Vitalik Buterin’s decision to gift $1 billion worth of Shiba Inu tokens to the India Covid Relief Fund. Back in May, Ethereum’s Co-Founder outlined the severe problem the coronavirus pandemic has created for the entire world and added, “it’s important to think about the longer-term future too.”
However, Sandeep Nailwal – Creator of the Fund – revealed that cashing out those tokens was not easy because the transactions had to comply with India’s controversial government policies and liquidity issues. Distributing the funds appropriately was also tricky since the COVID-19 pandemic stretched all over the nation, Nailwal said.
Former Wall Street Banker Partners With Ethereum Competitor for New $1,500,000,000 Crypto Fund
A former Citigroup executive is shaking up the crypto investment space with a $1.5 billion venture, partnering with a leading layer 1 altcoin project.
Hivemind Capital Partners is an investment firm founded by Matt Zhang, a 14-year Citigroup Inc veteran. In a press release, Zhang announces Hivemind’s mission to provide solutions to early blockchain entrepreneurs through the creation of a new “tailor-made crypto investment platform.”
“We believe blockchain technology is a paradigm shift, and we are still in the early innings. Our mission is to provide start-to-finish capital and infrastructure solutions to visionary entrepreneurs and category-defining crypto projects.
The traditional asset management model is not designed to do this, which is why we are building a tailor-made crypto investment platform from the ground up that also offers the infrastructure institutional investors need for risk management, compliance and security.”
Hivemind is partnering with payments and decentralized finance (DeFi)-focused blockchain Algorand (ALGO) as a “strategic partner to provide technology capability and network ecosystem infrastructure.”
“We believe that Algorand is the preeminent blockchain protocol that allows institutional and corporate users to connect with the decentralized economy. With the explosive growth of the digital asset space, people tend to forget how early the crypto economy still is. We want to team up with partners who have the patience to build an enduring business.”
However, Zhang notes that Hivemind is exploring partnerships with other layer 1 blockchains as the project progresses.
“We are also in active discussions to form partnerships with a number of other leading layer-1 networks. The goal is to build a multi-chain world to let our investors see the best opportunities across the entire crypto ecosystem.”
ALGO, trading at $1.82 at time of writing, is up nearly 12% on the day. The payments blockchain has interest from other large investors lately, including an endorsement from American financier Anthony Scaramucci last month.
Crypto Markets Gain $130B in a Day as Bitcoin Reclaimed $57K (Market Watch)
The cryptocurrency market cap is up by $130 billion in a day as bitcoin skyrocketed to above $58,000 in hours.
Following a few consecutive days of price slides, bitcoin finally bounced off by adding $4,000 of value. Most alternative coins are well in the green as well, with impressive daily increases from Ethereum, Solana, Polkadot, Terra, The Sandbox, and more.
Bitcoin Touched $58K
Ever since last Friday, when news broke about a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, the price of the primary cryptocurrency has been suffering. It went from a daily high of over $59,000 to a low of $53,500 in a matter of hours, resulting in nearly $1 billion in liquidations on a daily scale for leveraged traders.
The weekend saw a brief recovery attempt, in which BTC exceeded $55,000, but it was short-lived as the bears intercepted the move. As a result, they pushed bitcoin south again, and the asset found itself around $53,500 once more just hours ago.
However, this is where the landscape changed. Instead of going further south, BTC started to reclaim ground and jumped by more than $4,000. Consequently, it touched $58,000, but it has retraced slightly now to just over $57,000.
Its market capitalization, which was close to breaking below $1 trillion yesterday, is now up to almost $1.1 trillion.
Altcoins in Recovery Mode
The altcoins also went down hard as bitcoin was dumping. Ethereum dipped below $4,000, and even though it tried to surpass $4,100 during the weekend, it stayed below it for the most time. Now, though, a 7% daily increase has driven the second-largest cryptocurrency well above $4,300.
Binance Coin has reclaimed $610 after a 5% daily surge. Solana (8.5%), Cardano (6%), Ripple (6%), Polkadot (8.5%), Dogecoin (3.5%), Avalanche (4.5%), Shiba Inu (4.5%), and Terra (6.5%) are all well in the green as well.
More gains come from The Sandbox (22%), Zilliqa (17%), Gala (17%), Stacks (14%), KuCoin Token (14%), WAX (14%), PancakeSwap (13%), Enjin Coin (12%), and more.
The cryptocurrency market cap is up by more than $130 billion in a day and has exceeded $2.7 trillion on CoinGecko.
Indian Crypto Unicorn CoinDCX to Go Public Pending Regulatory Clarity
CoinDCX might join Coinbase and become a publicly-traded company once the Indian lawmakers greenlight the initiative.
CoinDCX – one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in India – eyes an initial public offering (IPO) in the near future. The “precise timeline” will depend on the upcoming government regulations.
Following The Steps of Coinbase
Neeraj Khandelwal – Co-Founder of CoinDCX – revealed the news in a recent interview with Bloomberg. He asserted that his company will pursue an initial public offering “as soon as” it receives the green light from the government. According to him, the initiative will strengthen the local cryptocurrency industry and bring more confidence in the markets:
“As soon as the government or the situations allow us, we will try for an IPO. An IPO gives legitimacy to the industry, just like the Coinbase IPO gave a lot of confidence in the crypto markets. Similarly, we want to install a similar level of confidence with an IPO of CoinDCX.”
Speaking of Coinbase, it is worth noting that in April, it became the first major digital asset exchange to have its shares publicly traded. The debut price of its shares started at $381, while at the moment of writing these lines, it is hovering around $300.
CoinDCX intentions come at a critical time since the future of digital assets in India seems somewhat uncertain. Last week, the government announced plans to impose a China-style ban on the industry and thus “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India.”
The proposed bill received severe backlash from the community as many locals favor bitcoin and the altcoins. Reuters showed that India has around 15 to 20 million cryptocurrency investors who have allocated nearly $5.4 billion of their wealth in the market. As such, many experts started doubting that the second-most populated country would implement such severe restrictions.
Avinash Shekhar – Chief Executive Officer at Zebpay – predicted that lawmakers are more likely to impose strict rules on digital assets than a total ban. According to Khandelwal, that would be the right decision. It will also indicate “acknowledgment from the government side of the growing investor base for crypto.”
In the Footsteps of Others
Aside from Coinbase, another cryptocurrency company that recently became public was Bakkt. ICE’s Bitcoin exchange went in another direction via a merger with a SPAC, and the total valuation was just over $2 billion.
Shortly after, the Bakkt shares skyrocketed by triple-digit percentage following impressive partnerships with Mastercard and Fiserv.