Fidelity Charitable, the public charity arm of US mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments, has announced customers can now use bitcoin to support charities through its donor-advised funds.
, Fidelity Charitable senior vice president Matt Nash sought to emphasize that the move was geared toward maximizing the ways in which its 100,000 donors could engage in philanthropic giving.
As part of the offering, Fidelity will use bitcoin services provided by Coinbase to convert bitcoin donations into US dollars, which will then be allocated to the individual’s donor-advised fund and to specific charities.
"Upon approval of a grant recommendation, the charity receives the full amount of the grant by check or EFT, which is easier to accept and carries no transaction fee," Fidelity said.
The announcement marks Fidelity’s first public move to embrace bitcoin or blockchain technology, though it follows a period of increased interest from the Boston-based company. A representative from Fidelity Labs, for example, spoke yesterday on a Cardozo School of Law panel covering "emergent applications" of blockchain technology.
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