Bitcoin donation experience #2: HandUp.org
This is the second time I donated with Bitcoin. With the ease of QR code and instant Bitcoin transaction, I could donate with confidence and it was a fun experience.
I found about HandUp.org through an online article1, and I loved the idea. I commute to San Francisco, and I see many homeless people living in harsh conditions. I also volunteered several times to serve basic needs for those who are struggling2.
To start, I wanted to make a small donation immediately. HandUp.org enables us to make donations to specific people raising money for specific goals from the basic needs to education to get back to work. They make sure the money donated is used for the specific purpose. Since I did not have particular person to help in my mind this time, I chose to donate to so-called "The National Fund" that will go to those with the most urgent needs.
I was also happy to find that the donor also can opt in to add $5 to support HandUp.org so it can sustain and grow the donation platform. 3
After choosing to donate with Bitcoin4, it opens a window with a QR code:
I have Coinbase app installed on my smartphone, and just by scanning the code, the donation was sent, and instantaneously reflected on HandUp.org page.
If you would like to try out Bitcoin donation yourself, you can create a Bitcoin wallet for free at coinbase, and buy any amount of Bitcoin, even a tiny fraction of a Bitcoin, and store it securely there.
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I volunteered at St. Anthony's in Tenderloin district of San Francisco a couple of times by serving food and cleaning up the facility. I also sorted donated food at SF-Marine Food Bank. I learned a lot through those activities, and got to talk to homeless people at St. Anthony's. They all have lives and story to tell. ↩
One interesting fact is that HandUp.org is a for-profit organization, and they are not shy about it. I fully support this idea so that they can scale their mission most effectively. According to the website, 80% of the donors choose to support HandUp.org. ↩
As of today, the donation with Bitcoin is not supported for monthly donation. ↩
Again, I usually do not talk about my donation activities, but I like to promote donation via Bitcoin, so this is another exception. ↩
Original post: April 2, 2015 | Last updated: April 2, 2015