The rise of cryptocurrency philanthropy

The rise of cryptocurrency philanthropy

In this edition of ON THE BID, host Oriel Morrison discusses the rise of cryptocurrency philanthropy as organisations innovate and adapt to changing trends, adopting crypto as an acceptable means for donations. 

On the panel this week is Jon Behar, strategic advisor at The Life You Can Save. 

The Life You Can Save was founded by Melbourne-born Peter Singer, an influential contemporary philosopher advancing the ideas in his 2009 book The Life You Can Save. In 2013, Charlie Bresler approached Peter about expanding his organisation to become a registered charity and eventually establishing in Australia in 2019. 

The objective of the organisation is to reduce poverty and suffering of people living in extreme poverty. It achieves this by generating and granting funds to a curated list of recommended charities.

The panel discuss a range of topics including; Jon’s journey from hedge funds to cryptocurrency philanthropy, what is “The life you can save”, benefits and risks of crypto altruism, how organisations are innovating with changing technology and more.

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Charles Bresler

Co-founder, Board Member

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology, Charlie Bresler became director of behavioral medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for anxiety & stress disorders. In 1993, he was recruited by The Men’s Wearhouse, where he went on to be head of human resources, stores, marketing, and, ultimately, president. He stepped down in 2008 to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, not too long after he read Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save. Catalyzed by the concept, Charlie reached out to Peter and proposed combining Peter’s theory with the formation of a nonprofit to advance Peter’s ideas and to raise money for high-impact, cost-effective organizations. Together, they founded The Life You Can Save, where Charlie took on all organizational operations as executive director until 2024. He was supported in this work and in his financial support for the organization by his wife Diana, a family physician, and executed the role pro bono.

The views expressed in blog posts are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Peter Singer or The Life You Can Save.