San Francisco, Calif., December 22, 2014 -- Burning Man announced today that donors around the world can now contribute to the organization’s programs and capacity building using Bitcoin, and do so without having to pay transaction fees.
“Donations will help provide more grants, training and support to creators of radically interactive art and events on and off the playa, fund civic programs, teach communities the power of collaboration, strengthen our infrastructure and make the Burning Man experience accessible year-round,” said CEO Marian Goodell. “Accepting Bitcoin for donations is an experimental first step. We plan to explore other possibilities in the future, including expanding Bitcoin to the ticket-buying process.”
While ticket sales cover the cost of producing the event in Black Rock City, all donations support Burning Man’s year-round programs, projects and initiatives. Because Burning Man is a recognized non-profit, donations are tax-deductible.
Burning Man has partnered with Coinbase, whose platform is used by more than 1.6 million consumers, 36,000 merchants and 6,000 developers worldwide. Burning Man joins Wikipedia, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the United Way on the forefront of accepting donations via cryptocurrency.
“Burning Man has been a crucible of innovation for nearly 30 years and it makes sense for us to give people the widest variety of options for supporting Burning Man culture out in the world,” Goodell said. “Coinbase provides a robust, secure platform that includes the added benefit to donors in that they do not assess fees to non-profits.”
In addition to building organizational capacity to respond to the ever-growing number of requests for partnership and collaboration, Burning Man is developing programs designed to increase self-reliance, civic involvement, creative capacity, sharing and inclusion.
Donations help support Burning Man’s Global Art Grants, the Big Art for Small Towns program and art honorariums for Black Rock City. Burning Man also supports civic art programs, Burners Without Borders and grants for community initiatives. Around the world, Burning Man facilitates a regional network of more than 250 volunteer regional contacts on five continents, hosts an annual Global Leadership Conference and a European Leadership Conference scheduled for February 2015.
Donations to Burning Man can be made online by going here.
About Burning Man
The mission of Burning Man is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into the larger world. This culture forms an integrated pattern of values, experience, and behavior: a coherent and widely applicable way of life.
A unique and distinctive culture emerges from the Burning Man experience. Rooted in the values expressed by the Ten Principles, this culture is manifested around the globe through art, communal effort, and innumerable individual acts of self-expression. To many, it is a way of life.
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