The Human Rights Foundation has announced its latest round of donations, totaling $325,000 in BTC, focusing on advancing key elements of the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Where the donation focuses
With this round of bitcoin donations, HRF is focusing on resistance to centralized control, open source storage solutions, Bitcoin base development, Chaumian e-cash, and education around the world.
The largest contribution, worth $100,000, went to BTCPay Server, an open source bitcoin payment processor. The software enables users around the world to accept bitcoin payments from anyone, enabling the use of a form of centrally controlled, privacy-preserving money. This donation was made in partnership with the non-profit organization affiliated with Strike.
In addition, two donations of $50,000 each will be allocated to the Jon Atak and Josh Kitman. Atak is a key developer evaluating and working on improving Bitcoin, while Kitman is working on Fedimint, a Chaumian e-cash solution for Bitcoin.
A $25,000 donation to Keith Mukai intended to promote his work on Seed Signer, a Bitcoin hardware wallet. In addition to research and development, Mukai will create multilingual support for right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.
Η Leigh Cuen receives a $25,000 grant for her work in developing a bitcoin donation guide for nonprofits. The guide instructs non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government foundations and activists on how to accept bitcoin donations and is due to be released next month in partnership with the Bitcoin Policy Institute.
Beyond individual developers, the Robosats, an open source peer-to-peer (P2P) Lightning exchange, will receive $25,000 to continue development, multi-language support and guide creation for Bitcoin.
In addition, the Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian news outlet that focuses on investigative reporting on Russian politics and society, will also receive a $25,000 donation. The funding will allow it to investigate the link between cryptocurrencies and human rights as it relates to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Finally, the Vinteum Initiative, a non-profit bitcoin research and development center, will receive the last $25,000 for training seminars, scholarships and grants used to support and create bitcoin developers in Brazil.
1.5 million dollars in two years
HRF has donated over $1.5 million in BTC and USD over the past two years to further Bitcoin development around the world and will announce its next round of donations in January 2023.