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Is cryptocurrency the future of philanthropy?

Is cryptocurrency the future of philanthropy?

Findings Staff Report | Feb. 7, 2022 

In 2021, the market cap of cryptocurrencies exceeded $3 trillion, six new crypto billionaires joined the Forbes 400 and the CEO of Twitter sold a non-fungible token (NFT) for charity.

With the Giving Block reporting a 583% increase in cryptocurrency donations in 2021, how should philanthropies embrace this transformative technology? Crypto Flashpoint 2022 panelists and moderator.

From 1-2 p.m. Feb. 17, the Office of Research has invited a panel of experts to discuss their experiences with accepting and using cryptocurrencies to advance their nonprofit mission for our first Flashpoint event of 2022. Whether you’re a UC student, faculty member, staff or an interested member in our community at large—you’re invited.  

Panelists include:

  • Michael Jones, UC’s Kautz-Uible professor in economics
  • Alex Wilson, co-founder of The Giving Block
  • Erin Clemons, president and CEO of the Northern Cincinnati Foundation
  • Edwin Goutier, vice president of innovation for the United Way
  • Jai Chabria, moderator and managing director at Mercury.

Register here and submit questions to the panelists ahead of time by sending an email to

The Office of Research’s Flashpoint Series aims to bring together experts, from the University of Cincinnati and beyond, to talk about topics ranging from the heroin epidemic to water quality on the Ohio River to cryptocurrency and cyber security in elections. For more information about future or past Flashpoints, email