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Ripple and SpaceX Partner Jared Isaacman Triple Crypto Donations for Maui Wildfire

07 Sep, 2023

23 Nov, 2023

  • Ripple and Jared Isaacman join hands to triple crypto donations to Maui Relief Fund.
  • The People’s Fund of Maui, backed by Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is also accepting cryptocurrency donations.
  • Ripple expands its UBRI initiative, adding four European universities to advance blockchain education.

In a recent development that caught the attention of both the tech and philanthropic communities, Ripple, the company behind the cryptocurrency XRP, announced a significant partnership with Jared Isaacman, the billionaire founder of payment processing company Shift4 and a partner at SpaceX. The collaboration aims to amplify the impact of donations to the Maui Emergency Response Fund, a charitable initiative set up by The Giving Block to provide aid for the devastating wildfires in Maui.

Ripple and Isaacman have committed to a unique donation matching scheme. They pledged to match 200% of the next $50,000 in cryptocurrency donations made to the Maui Relief Fund. This effectively triples the value of each donation, turning a $1 contribution into $3, thereby maximizing the impact of individual contributions to the fund.

The Maui Emergency Response Fund was established to provide immediate relief to those affected by the wildfires in Maui. According to The Giving Block, the disaster has led to over 100 deaths, destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and displaced thousands of residents. The fund aims to provide essential services such as emergency medical care, food, and shelter.

Jared Isaacman, who gained fame for his journey to Earth’s orbit aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule in 2021, pledged to match the first $500,000 in donations to the Maui Relief Fund. This offer has the potential to raise up to $1 million in total support for the relief efforts. The Giving Block’s platform allows for a diverse range of donation methods, including cryptocurrencies like XRP, stocks, DAF grants, and traditional card payments.

Meanwhile, Ripple is also making strides in the educational sector through its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). The program has recently expanded its reach in Europe by adding four new partner universities: Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, EPITA in France, IE University in Spain, and the University of Trento in Italy. These academic institutions would focus on advancing blockchain education and research across Europe.

Since its inception in 2018, UBRI has committed over $11 million to its now 14 European partners. Eric van Miltenburg, SVP Strategic Initiatives at Ripple, emphasized that this expansion comes at a time when Europe is setting its sights on becoming a global crypto hub. UBRI aims to match this ambition by fostering education that keeps pace with the rapidly evolving crypto landscape.

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