UNICEF France is now taking donations in cryptocurrencies. On its website, the humanitarian body said it accepts donations in nine cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin BCH, as well as BTC, ETH, EOS, Stellar, LTC, XRP, DASH and XMR. The decision to finally accept cryptocurrencies was due to the organization's need to expand its circle of donors and sources of funding, according to UNICEF France.
The organization is also calling on its well-wishers to donate their computing power for the purpose of mining six crypto coins to the UNICEF France's wallets. This concept of accepting crypto donations was born after the GameChaingers campaign in February. The campaign, launched by UNICEF to help children in the war torn country of Syria, asked gamers to contribute their mining power to mine cryptocurrency as part of the initiative. The software was used to create the Claymore mining software to mine ETH, the chosen crypto for the project. The campaign ended last March 31, with UNICEF mining 85 ETH.
Sébastien Lyon, the director of UNICEF France pointed out that while cryptocurrencies is an innovation in the fundraising sphere, it is being used by few organizations in the field. He noted, "Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes", a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public.
UNICEF France had taken a cue from UNICEF Australia, which, in April, created an initiative where it was set up for the specific purpose of mining Monero. Also in May, UNICEF announced that donors could use Coinhive to offer their donations to support refugees through cryptocurrency mining. Rohingya who was affected by the violence in Myanmar.
Jennifer Tierney, director of UNICEF Australia, explained, "The HopePage allows Australians to provide help and hope to vulnerable children by simply opening the page while they are online." users can adjust how much computing power they are willing to donate or leave the browser open to keep contributing to the initiative.