BitPay announced Wednesday it is supporting the American Red Cross by helping the humanitarian organization accept Bitcoin donations through a BitPay-hosted Web page. The company will process Bitcoin donations without any fees so that the Red Cross will receive 100 percent of the Bitcoin donations made through the BitPay Web page.
“Introducing the American Red Cross to the bitcoin community is really going to showcase the generosity of this new group of consumers,” said Elizabeth Ploshay, who oversees non-profit outreach for BitPay, in a press release sent to CoinReport. “Bitcoin users are extremely passionate people who are looking to put their bitcoin towards good causes. I’m sure the community will be excited to have such an established charity to donate to.”
“The Red Cross is thrilled to partner with BitPay to offer a different way for generous donors to support our humanitarian mission,” said Jennifer Niyangoda, executive director of Corporate and Foundation Programs at American Red Cross, in the press release. “This gives a new generation of supporters the opportunity to help people in need.”
The Red Cross will also participate in this year’s Bitcoin Black Friday event. The organization will be listed on BitcoinBlackFriday.com, and will also be added to the official Bitcoin Giving Tuesday website (Bitcoin Giving Tuesday will take place December 2).
The news follows last week’s announcement by the Mozilla Foundation that it would start accepting Bitcoin donations. The non-profit organization said that for some time its supporters have asked to be able to donate to Mozilla in Bitcoin, and it was able to grant that request on November 20.
Mozilla has partnered with Coinbase on this initiative. Like BitPay’s arrangement with the Red Cross, Coinbase waives all fees for not-for-profit organizations, so 100 percent of donations will always go toward Mozilla.
The American Red Cross and the Mozilla Foundation are among several non-profit groups that have started accepting donations in the form of Bitcoin. The Wikimedia Foundation and United Way both announced this past summer that they would accept Bitcoin donations.
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