The Chicago blockchain community is gathered on December 8th, 2017 to hear some of the most influential blockchain voices in Chicago. The night’s goal was to demonstrate some of the technology behind the recent rapid gain in value of bitcoin, ether, and cryptocurrencies in general!
In this video, Danny Johnson of PinkCoin delivers a lightning talk. PinkCoin is revolutionizing charity on the blockchain. The digital currency is looking to change the non-profit sector. Holders of the coin can profit while helping others!
Crackdown Finally Coming on Corrupt Charities
Several individuals want to make the world a better place by donating to their charity of choice, but many are left with the unsettling question of how their money is actually being spent. Corruption is prevalent amongst charities. Higher-ups at big charities often choose to line their own pockets, instead of appropriately using those funds for their intended purpose. Non-profits’ current operational structure lacks overall transparency. Ultimately, donors doubt the intentions of the supposed non-profit.
Blockchain technology could prove to be a game-changer, addressing the many questions that surround today’s non-profits. A new model is emerging for charities, which deals with the inflow and outflow of large amounts of money. On top of that, current accounting methods struggle to keep up with this exchange in capital. Last year, organizations based in the United States took in $2 trillion in revenue. Less than 20% of that, however, came in the form on charitable contributions. People have made fewer donations, as a result of this. Many choose not to donate at all. (Check out what a blockchain is here!)
UN Uses Blockchain for Humanitarian Aid
Despite the fact that the world produces enough food to feed the entire population, millions of people still go hungry. Because of the way food is currently distributed, “food rich” areas–or those with an abundance of food–exist, while other places experience severe famine and starvation. The United Nations (UN) is looking to address this extreme inequality, by implementing the use of blockchain.
Blockchain technology has the potential to create a whole new, reliable, secure environment for providing humanitarian aid. Non-profits often advertise themselves as such. However, a significant portion of donations still go to overhead, office costs, and officers running these charities. With blockchain technology, those who donate are able to view exactly how their funds spent, and who directly is benefiting from the provided aid.