Lumenthropy encourages nonprofit organizations to accept lumen donations and inspires people that hold lumens to donate to worthy causes.
- Maintain an index of nonprofit organizations that accept Stellar lumen donations; and
- Increase the amount of nonprofit organization that officially accept Stellar lumen donations.
The Lumenthropy initiative is already live and actively maintained - I most recently completed a fundraiser for Women Who Code. With regard to increasing the amount of nonprofit organizations, I will continue to reach out to nonprofit organizations to find those willing to accept a Stellar lumen fundraiser.
The combination of these goals will help deliver on the philanthropic heart of the Stellar mission – to inclusively provide financial benefit to the world. It does this by increasing awareness of the Stellar network and its benefit to nonprofit organizations and the people many nonprofit organizations help. The benefits being lower remittance costs, seamless currency exchanges, and a wider understanding of the technology among people that are already working closely with those that can benefit the most from the Stellar technology – people without a secure government or access to banks (bank the unbanked).
Safety in numbers. The index list of nonprofit organizations that already accept Stellar lumen donations provides nonprofit organizations looking for new fundraising avenues comfort that other nonprofit organizations have already started adopting the technology. It also illustrates and provides concrete proof that the policy, organizational, and reporting challenges of accepting digital asset donations are surmountable and have already been solved by other nonprofit organizations.
Ultimately, Lumenthropy increases Stellar adoption and makes providing financial support to nonprofit organizations easier, instant, and low cost regardless of the sender’s global location and financial means.
The lumens provided to Lumenthropy through the Stellar Community Fund would allow Lumenthropy to:
Provide matching donations. Periodically provide lumen matching donations so that the Stellar Community's XLM donations can make a bigger impact for the nonprofit organization. Matching donations will allow for achievable community goals while also increasing the nonprofit's financial incentive to adopt the Stellar technology.
Provide reoccurring support. Maintain a steady amount of support for nonprofit organizations that officially accept Stellar lumen donations. A one-and-done model (providing one large donation with no further donations) will not be as effective as a model that provides many reoccurring donations. A steady stream of donations after the initial donation, even if relatively small, will maintain the nonprofit's awareness of and engagement with the Stellar network.
This continued support of nonprofit organizations with a Stellar wallet provides fundraising success stories. It provides an ongoing financial incentive to maintain the wallet and to use the technology. It also will likely result in those fundraising success stories being shared within others in the nonprofit community because fundraising is a constant focus and shared challenge for almost all nonprofit organizations.
Since starting this initiative in January of 2019, Lumenthropy has expanded the list of known nonprofit organizations that officially accept Stellar lumen donations from 1 to 8. This has also resulted in three large nonprofit organizations (each with about 250k followers) to actively engage and tweet positively about this Stellar-based initiative – Womenwhocode.org, Torproject.org and Heifer.org. I have done this to date with very little incentive for the nonprofits (about $100). I expect I can do so much better with a bit more support and incentive for the nonprofit organizations.
Third times the charm, yea?!