American Red Cross to Accept Bitcoin Donations Through Tuesday

By Inside Bitcoins Nov 26, 2014 12:39 PM EST

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NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — Bitcoin is making inroads — if only temporarily — into one of America’s largest and best-known charities, the Red Cross. BitPay, the Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor, is launching a hosted donation webpage to support the American Red Cross. The site will go live Friday and will accept bitcoin donations through “Gifting Tuesday,” December 2nd. 

“Bitcoin users are extremely passionate people who are looking to put their bitcoin towards good causes.”

“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 heads up nonprofit outreach for BitPay. “Bitcoin users are extremely passionate people who are looking to put their bitcoin towards good causes. Im sure the community will be excited to have such an established charity to donate to.”

BitPay will process the bitcoin donations without any fees, so the Red Cross will receive 100% of the bitcoin donations made using the special webpage.

The Red Cross is one of the largest and most recognized humanitarian organizations in the world and this will be the first time it will be accepting bitcoin donations.

“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 the American Red Cross. “This gives a new generation of supporters the opportunity to help people in need.”

The Red Cross will also be participating in the newly established bitcoin tradition called “Bitcoin Black Friday” – a day for bitcoin users to take advantage of bitcoin-specific sales opportunities. The Red Cross will be listed on the official Bitcoin Black Friday website, in addition to the official Bitcoin Giving Tuesday website to help bitcoin users spread some holiday cheer.

To make a bitcoin donation to the American Red Cross visit bitpay.com/520663/donate.

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