Donate Crypto to The Life You Can Save

Donating cryptocurrency is a great way to support The Life You Can Save itself or any of the nonprofits we recommend. Our cryptocurrency donations are processed through Crypto for Charity, and you can currently donate a wide variety of cryptocurrencies to help save and improve lives around the world.

 

How can I donate cryptocurrency to The Life You Can Save?

You can make a safe, easy, and fast donation of cryptocurrency using the widget on this page. Just follow this quick and simple process:

  1. Select your preferred crypto and enter your gift amount.
  2. In the “Message to nonprofit” field, indicate whether you’d like your gift to go to one or all of our recommended charities (or leave this field blank to support The Life You Can Save itself).  See the “How can my crypto donation help people in extreme poverty?” section for a full list of giving options.
  3. Enter your email if you want to receive a tax receipt and your contact information if you choose to share it. We’d love to receive your contact info so we can thank you and send occasional updates, but you can also choose to give anonymously. If you  provide your contact info and ask us to send your gift to a recommended charity, we’ll share your info with that organization (and only that organization).
  4. Click “Continue”.
  5. Send your crypto to the address provided and click the “Crypto Sent” button when this is done.

An automatically generated receipt will be sent to your email address if you choose to provide one. You can use this confirmation of your donation to claim any tax relief you are legally entitled to.

For additional details on making a crypto donation, please see Crypto for Charity’s help page.

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How can my crypto donation help people in extreme poverty?

You can use the widget on this page to make your cryptocurrency gift and specify which organizations you would like your gift to support.

Donate to The Life You Can Save Itself: To make a cryptocurrency gift in support of The Life You Can Save’s operations, write “The Life You Can Save” in the “Message to nonprofit” field or simply leave the “Message to nonprofit” field blank. Supporting The Life You Can Save’s operations can be a great way to multiply the impact of your gift: over the past three years, we’ve raised an average of $18 for our recommended charities for each dollar we have spent on our own operations.

Donate to One of Our Recommended Charities: To make a cryptocurrency gift to one of our recommended charities, simply specify the name of that charity in the “Message to nonprofit” field. 

Specific charities you can donate cryptocurrency to:

  • Against Malaria Foundation
  • Carbon180
  • Clean Air Task Force
  • Development Media International
  • Equalize Health (formerly D-Rev)
  • Evergreen Collaborative
  • Evidence Action
  • Fistula Foundation
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • GiveDirectly
  • GAIN’s Salt Iodization Program
  • Helen Keller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation Program
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Iodine Global Network
  • Living Goods
  • Malaria Consortium’s Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Program
  • New Incentives
  • One Acre Fund
  • Oxfam
  • Population Services International
  • Sanku- Project Healthy Children
  • SCI Foundation (formerly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative)
  • Seva Foundation
  • Village Enterprise
  • Zusha!

Please note that, if no charity has been specified in the “Message to nonprofit” field, your donation will be used to support The Life You Can Save’s work

Donate to Our “90/10 Fund:” If you would like to use 90% of your gift to support all of our recommended charities and 10% to support The Life You Can Save itself, please write “90/10 Fund” in the “Message to nonprofit” field.

Donate to All of Our Recommended Charities: If you would like to distribute your cryptocurrency gift evenly across all of our recommended charities, please write “All Charities” in the “Message to nonprofit” field.

To Donate to One of Our Cause Funds: The Life You Can Save operates five “cause funds”, each of which allocates donations to nonprofits we recommend that do a certain type of work. You can donate to the “Save Lives Fund”, “Transform Lives Fund”, “Help Women and Girls Fund”, “Create Economic Opportunity Fund”, or “Tackle Climate Change Fund” by writing the name of the fund you want to give to in the “Message to nonprofit” field.

Why does The Life You Can Save accept cryptocurrency?

The Life You Can Save aims to make “smart giving simple”, and accepting cryptocurrency donations is a great way to do that. We want to give donors as many options as possible to support high impact charities, and we also want to help the nonprofits we recommend connect with new supporters. 

With more than 220 million crypto users worldwide and 1 billion users expected by 2030, we see crypto philanthropy as a new and exciting fundraising avenue to help the global poor.  We invite you to read our blog post about how crypto fits into The Life You Can Save’s strategy and why we’re prioritizing this market. You can also learn more about how we think about crypto philanthropy on our Crypto FAQ page. 

Which cryptocurrencies do you accept?

We currently accept more than 100 cryptocurrencies, including:

Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), 1Inch (1INCH), Aave (AAVE), Alchemix (ALCX), Algorand (ALGO), Alethea Artificial Liquid Intelligence Token (ALI), Amp (AMP), Ankr Network (ANKR), ApeCoin (APE), API3 (API3), Burn (ASH), Audius (AUDIO), Avalanche (AVAX), Axie Infinity (AXS), Balancer (BAL), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Biconomy (BICO), Bancor Network Token (BNT), BarnBridge (BOND), Binance USD (BUSD), Chiliz (CHZ), Compound (COMP), Curve (CRV), Cryptex (CTX), Somnium Space (CUBE), Civic (CVC), DAI (DAI), Dogecoin (DOGE), Polkadot (DOT), Defi Pulse Index (DPI), Dogelon Mars (ELON), Enjin Coin (ENJ), Ethereum Name Service (ENS), Ethernity Chain (ERN), Euler Finance (EUL), Fetch AI (FET), Bonfida (FIDA), Filecoin (FIL), Frax (FRAX), Fantom (FTM), Project Galaxy (GAL), Gala (GALA), Goldfinch (GFI), STEPN (GMT), The Graph (GRT), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Immutable X (IMX), Index Cooperative (INDEX), Injective Protocol (INJ), IoTeX (IOTX), Geojam (JAM), Kyber Network (KNC), Keep3rV1 (KP3R), Kaiken Shiba (KSHIB), Lido DAO (LDO), Chainlink (LINK), Livepeer (LPT), Liquity (LQTY), Loopring (LRC), Litecoin (LTC), Terra (LUNC), Liquity USD (LUSD), Decentraland (MANA), Mask Network (MASK), Polygon (MATIC), Merit Circle (MC), Moss Carbon Credit (MCO2), Metis (METIS), Magic Internet Money (MIM), Mirror Protocol (MIR), Maker (MKR), Maple (MPL), NEAR Protocol (NEAR), Numeraire (NMR), Orca (ORCA), Orchid (OXT), PAX Gold (PAXG), PlayDapp (PLA), Quant (QNT), Qredo (QRDO), Radicle (RAD), SuperRare (RARE), Raydium (RAY), Ribbon Finance (RBN), Ren (REN), REVV (REVV), Rally (RLY), Render Token (RNDR), Samoyed Coin (SAMO), The Sandbox (SAND), Saber (SBR), Shiba Inu (SHIB), Skale (SKL), Smooth Love Potion (SLP), Synthetix (SNX), Solana (SOL), Spell Token (SPELL), Storj (STORJ), SushiSwap (SUSHI), SushiSwap (SUSHI), Tokemak (TOKE), TrueFi (TRU), TRON (TRX), TrueUSD (TUSD), UMA (UMA), Uniswap (UNI), USD Coin (USDC), Pax Dollar (USDP), Tether (USDT), TerraUSD (UST), Wrapped Centrifuge (wCFG), Tezos (XTZ), yearn.finance (YFI), Yearn.Finance (YFI), Zebec Protocol (ZBC), Zcash (ZEC), 0x (ZRX)

We are continually in the process of adding support for new cryptocurrencies, so please check back soon for more giving options.

Are crypto donations tax-deductible?

Anyone can give crypto using the widget on this page, but only US donors will be able to claim any eligible tax deductions.  Australian donors should consider donating crypto to The Life You Can Save Australia, which will allow them to claim any tax relief they are entitled to. See below for more information about the tax-deductibility of crypto donations in different locations.

Tax benefits of donating crypto in the United States

Donating Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be one of the most tax efficient ways to give. 

In the US, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classifies cryptocurrency as “property” for tax purposes. This classification means you can receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the cryptocurrency (if you’ve held it for more than a year) and avoid the capital gains tax you would have incurred if you had sold the cryptocurrency first and then made a donation. 

If you want to learn more about how donating crypto can lower your taxes, US donors may find this tax resource from Crypto for Charity helpful. Crypto for Charity also provides guidance on how to maximize the benefits of donating NFTs and of donating NFT Drop proceeds. As with any tax-related questions, be sure to consult with a qualified, professional tax advisor.

Tax benefits of donating crypto in Australia and other countries 

Australia The Life You Can Save Australia can accept crypto donations via The Giving Block. Donating crypto may be a tax efficient way to give for some donors; however we recommend donors consult a knowledgeable tax professional to get personalized advice.

Other countries – Some of our recommended charities and partners accept crypto donations outside of the US and Australia. Please email us at cryptoinfo@thelifeyoucansave.org for more information about these opportunities.

 

Is The Life You Can Save involved with NFTs in any way?

The Life You Can Save is interested in working with NFT artists, collectors, and communities who would like to use NFTs to fight poverty. This could involve donating NFTs so that they can be sold for charity, donating the proceeds of NFT sales, or working with NFT communities to select an effective charity to support that aligns with the community’s values. To learn more about these opportunities to use NFTs for good, please contact CryptoInfo@thelifeyoucansave.org

We’ve also used NFTs ourselves. We’ve given Proof-of-Attendance-Protocol NFTs to attendees of our “What Good is Crypto?” and “Crypto Philanthropy in Australia” events. And we’ve benefited from the sale of a unique NFT version of Peter Singer’s 1972 article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”, which commemorated 50 years since the publication of this article that  has changed the lives of countless people around the world. Our own organization was named after a book that expanded on ideas first voiced in this landmark article, like the idea that just as it would be wrong to leave a child to drown in a shallow pond, so it is wrong to fail to help a child – or an adult for that matter – living in a low-income country who is at risk of dying from preventable, poverty-related causes. We’re deeply grateful to Mick Hagen, founder of the crypto firm Hightop, for purchasing this NFT as the proceeds of this sale help fund our work.

Can The Life You Can Save help me make a large crypto donation or give illiquid crypto assets?

Yes! We can provide high-value donors a concierge service that makes it easy to securely give large donations and hard to donate illiquid cryptocurrencies to The Life You Can Save or any of our recommended charities, while unlocking significant tax savings. 

To learn more about these services, please contact  cryptoinfo@thelifeyoucansave.org

I need assistance with my donation. How can I get in touch?

Thank you for your interest! To contact us with any questions you might have about giving crypto, please send us an email at cryptoinfo@thelifeyoucansave.org with the subject line, “Crypto Donation.”