“In 2013 we started to dream about how the Bitcoin community could change the world…” These words were the beginning of a powerful three-minute video, presented on Saturday at Inside Bitcoins in Chicago by Connie Gallippi, founder of the BitGive Foundation. The presentation, demonstrating the impact of the bitcoin charity’s efforts in Kenya, served to kick off fundraising for the next phase in BitGive’s philanthropic mission: Bitcoin Charity 2.0.
Produced as a joint effort between BitGive and The Water Project and sponsored by BitPesa and Libra, the video recounts the story of the project that brought a water well, fully funded by the Bitcoin community, to the Shisango Girls School. Located in a remote area in western Kenya, the well is a concrete representation of how bitcoin can dramatically change people’s lives. The Foundation also positioned it as a symbol for how Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to transform global philanthropy.
“The first step was building a strong relationship with an impactful nonprofit that is enthusiastic about partnering with us to leverage the Bitcoin community,” said Gallippi. “We found that partnership with The Water Project. Now, we are ready to take it to