Ripple Donates $29 Million To Fund All 35,000 DonorsChoose Classroom Projects

  • Ripple donated $29 Million to DonorsChoose.com in its XRP token
  • The donation crashed the non-profit's website and funded its 35,000 ongoing campaigns

Cryptocurrencies are too often branded with negative press; rendering them synonymous with terms like "dark web." With the likes of Ripple, it's a stereotype that it seemingly doesn't deserve as the company keeps taking steps towards its goals.

Since its formation in 2012, Ripple has had a special interest in championing the blockchain cause, recognizing its place and responsibility in creating what it refers to as an 'Internet of Value'. It's an ambition Ripple has, to provide a method of payment as fast as information is obtained via the internet.

Over the last few months cryptocurrencies have been undergoing a bearish trend, despite their lofty ambitions. Ripple's XRP hasn't been an exception to this trend; According to CNBC, it was one of the worst performers in the first quarter of 2018, as its value plunged about 74 percent alongside others on the market.

Internet and Education of Value

The Internet of Value would not be possible without the classrooms and teachers that inspire entrepreneurial spirit within students. In the US, the education system finds itself grossly underfunded in many instances.

This led to the creation of DonorsChoose.org, a platform that gives teachers a way to crowdfund any project they want to. From major field trips to extra school supplies, it's provided teachers with an avenue to obtain much-needed support. Projects like Ripple wouldn't be possible without teachers and an education that allowed individuals to aspire to achieve their aspirations and projects.

It's with this in mind that recently, Ripple has committed to donating over $29 million to numerous projects on the website, as an excited Stephen Colbert announced.

Through a blog post on its website, Ripple revealed the donation was made in its XRP token, though it's believed it was immediately converted to USD. DonorsChoose, through a blog post, also commented on the generous donation. It reads:

“Today marks the first time in 18 years where the total number of projects on our site reads ‘0.' Thanks to Ripple’s gift, over the next few weeks tens of thousands more boxes full of supplies will start arriving in classrooms across the country.”

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Amazon Could Pull off Launching Libra, ‘Bitcoin Billionaires’ Author Argues

Ben Mezrich, the author of the “Bitcoin Billionaires” book, has argued that Amazon would be better than Facebook to launch the Libra cryptocurrency, as it’s more trusted than the social media giant.

Speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Mezrich argued the project is “all about trust” as there “can’t be a new currency without people trusting it if you’re going to sit in the middle of it, and people don’t trust Facebook.”

The author, who also wrote “Accidental Billionaires,” a book that served as the bases to the movie “The Social Network,” argued it would make more sense for Amazon to be leading its own cryptocurrency project. He was quoted as saying:

I think that Amazon could pull this off because for whatever reason we all trust Amazon. We put our credit cards in there everyday.

Facebook has announced last month that it’s developing its own cryptocurrency, and that’ll it be launched next year. The cryptocurrency, Libra, is set to be backed by a basket of fiat currencies and U.S. Treasury securities.

The cryptocurrency itself will be managed by the Libra Association, a nonprofit based in Switzerland with various large companies represented in it. As covered, U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson recently implied the Libra is a shitcoin because it has a central entity behind it, unlike decentralized cryptos like bitcoin.

This month David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s team working on Libra, testified before Congress for two days, and received requests to halt the project until the government can look into it and regulate it. Marcus had to answer various tough questions during the hearings, including whether he would accept his salary in Libra.

Speaking to CNBC Mezrich noted he believes Amazon would be subject to less scrutiny than Facebook. Per his words regulators would be on top of Amazon’s plans, but “it wouldn’t be like this.”

The author added that Libra won’t be a true cryptocurrency because it’ll involve financial mediators. It could, he said, serve as an “on ramp” to bitcoin, helping those unfamiliar with the cryptocurrency ecosystem look into the flagship cryptocurrency.