UNICEF France Now Accepts Donations in Bitcoin (BTC) and Other Major Cryptos

  • UNICEF France is now accepting donations in nine major cryptocurrencies.
  • Mosques and various other charitable organizations have started accepting crypto donations.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reportedly starting accepting donations in nine major digital currencies including Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). At present, only UNICEF’s office in France is accepting crypto donations.

Nine Major Cryptocurrencies Accepted

In addition to BTC and BCH, UNICEF’s French office is accepting Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Stellar (XLM), Monero (XMR), Litecoin (LTC), Dash, and EOS. People who want to donate cryptocurrency to UNICEF France can do so by visiting their website.

Sébastien Lyon, the executive director at UNICEF France, commented on the organization’s announcement by noting:

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes offer a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our operations with children in the countries of intervention.

Sébastien Lyon

Lyon also mentioned that cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology offer an innovative way to raise funds for various social causes, however, there are currently not many organizations that are harnessing their benefits.

The French UNICEF head acknowledged that there are a few communities which have started the positive trend of accepting charitable donations in cryptocurrencies. In May, the Shacklewell Lane mosque in East London announced it would accept charity in cryptocurrency.

Notably, this is not the first time that UNICEF has introduced a crypto-related initiative. In February, the New York-based humanitarian organization started a fundraising effort to help children in Syria, which has been embroiled in a violent civil war since 2011.

"Game Chaingers", "The HopePage"

UNICEF’s fundraising campaign was called “Game Chaingers” and aimed to get online video game players involved in an effort to help children suffering in Syria. In order to participate in the charitable initiative, users had to download a crypto mining app from UNICEF’s official website.

After installing the app, the users’ computing resources were used to mine Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH) - which went towards offering developmental assistance to children in Syria. The Game Chaingers program managed to raise 85 ETH, an amount valued at nearly $21,000 according to CryptoCompare data.

In May, UNICEF’s office in Australia began its own crypto fundraising effort by launching a website called “The HopePage.” People who visit the website can donate their computing resources in order to mine cryptocurrencies. The digital currency generated from mining is then used to help the citizens of underdeveloped countries.

Bitcoin Surges Above $9700 Helped by Rumor About PayPal’s Upcoming Fiat On-Ramp

Siamak Masnavi

On Monday (June 22), Bitcoin surged above $9,700 following an unconfirmed report by Coindesk that online payment solution provider PayPal is preparing to offer in the near future direct buying and selling of crypto to its 325 million users.

One unnamed source told Coindesk that he/she expected PayPal to launch this feature within the next three months.

Coindesk's report was published around 17:00 UTC on June 22.

According to data from CryptoCompare, an hour earlier, Bitcoin was trading around $9,482. As you can see from the 24-hour BTC-USD price chart below, by 21:05 UTC on June 22, i.e. approximately four hours after Coindesk's report got published, the Bitcoin price had surged above the $9,700 level (for the first time since June 11): 

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Tom Shaughnessy, Co-Founder of crypto-focused research and consulting boutique Delphi Digital believes that if this rumor is indeed true, then "eBay will be next."

According to CNBC, on Friday (June 19), in a note to clients, Goldman Sachs "updated its three-, six- and 12-month gold price forecasts to $1800/1900/2000/toz from $1600/1650/1800/toz and maintained its long December 2020 gold trading recommendation."

The note reportedly said:

"However, as we have argued in the past gold investment demand tends to grow into the early stage of the economic recovery, driven by continued debasement concerns and lower real rates...

"Simultaneously we see a material comeback from EM consumer demand boosted by easing of lockdowns and a weaker dollar."

CNBC's report also mentioned that HSBC Chief Precious Metals Analyst James Steele said in a note on the same day that "the broad economic recovery will inevitably weigh on gold, but the fundamental drivers of gold prices should be the low yield environment, substantial fiscal and monetary stimulus and the inflationary impact on asset prices."

Apparently, Steele also says that the latest India-China border tensions could also act as a positive catalyst for gold: 

"The two most populous nations in Asia are also the world’s two largest gold importers and consumers. Further escalation in risks could prompt greater gold purchases."

What many people in the crypto space seem to believe is that the arguments made last Friday by Goldman Sachs and HSBC in support of gold could easily apply to Bitcoin since they view the latter as a digital version of the former.

As for Ethereum (ETH), the second most valuable cryptoasset by market cap, it is currently trading at $242.74, up 3.24% in the past 24-hour period:

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More interestingly, in the past three-month period, the Ethereum price has increased 78.11% against USD (compared to a 43.81% increase for the price of Bitcoin during the same period).

Among fans of Ethereum, there are some who are a little disappointed with Ethereum's performance when they compare it against the huge triple-digit percentage gains (against USD) enjoyed by quite a few of the tokens belonging to the popular DeFi projects, such as Aave (LEND), Compound (COMP), and Thorchain (RUNE).

However, the true Ethereum HODLers argue that it is only a matter of time before Ethereum starts benefiting from the rise in popularity of DeFi (especially last week's frenzy around COMP and yield farming).

Here are a couple of examples:

 

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