Following is an email I just sent to my friends who created a charity / aid organization that's making a TREMENDOUS difference in the lives of Tanzanian (African) orphan children who have no other access to education. They have built an INCREDIBLE school for these children... Personally, making trips to Tanzania to build it with their own hands, getting the school internet access, donating laptops... It's unbelievable what a few dedicated people can do!
Anyway, here is my email to them, just now:
Subject: HUGE Donation Opportunity for Epic Change
Hello, Stacey and Sanjay!
Long time no chat....
Hey, I wanna tell you about something very new and very cool.
It's a brand new technology.... It's a cryptocurrency.
The short version of the story is: It is electronic money. As easy to send as an email. Costs the same as sending an email. Basically, Free.
It doesn't matter if you send US$0.01 ......or US$1,000,000.00 .....the transaction cost is the same: Zero. (...or LESS THAN $0.01 for very large amounts, sometimes)
It's Absolutely Perfect for charitable organizations like http://EpicChange.org because people can donate with one click.... Many many small amounts REALLY add up!
I thought of you guys, as I was writing this forum post, and I mentioned your work there: http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=369.msg22087#msg22087
To begin receiving monetary donations via Bitcoin, here's all you have to do:
(a) Go to http://MyBitcoin.com
and get a free account there. You will be given your own Bitcoin address for RECEIVING. It takes 4-5 seconds to do this. ~~ or ~~
(b) Go to http://Bitcoin.org
and download the app. Upon launching it, you will be given your own Bitcoin address for RECEIVING. It takes 1-2 minutes to do this...
(c) Or you can do both of these things.
(2) List on your "Donate" web page, something to this affect: "We also accept donations via Bitcoin. Our Bitcoin address is: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx "
For an example of another organization already accepting donations this way, see: "Ways You Can Help EFF | Electronic Frontier Foundation" http://www.eff.org/helpout
( look for the word "Bitcoin" on this page )
That's it. You're done.
Later, you can keep an eye on your growing balances within your MyBitcoin.com account online and/or within your Bitcoin application.
If and when you decide to convert your Bitcoin balance(s) into US Dollars, simply go to any of the Exchange Sites, like http://mtgox.com
and instantly convert them into US$, then transfer them out and back into your own bank account if/when you want to. MtGox can even send it to you by ACH (direct deposit) into your bank account, if you want.
For loads more information, and helpful folks who are very happy to answer your questions, visit the Forum at http://Bitcoin.org
646-580-0022 ● firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY am I telling you all this?
I CHALLENGE YOU to send a similar email ( totally copy my verbiage if you like ) to YOUR favorite charitable organization.
Then, come back here and post a copy for us all to see.
( I have a feeling that a few of us will be motivated to go visit that organization's web site and donate some Bitcoin too...
Or nudge them a tiny bit more, if they fail to start accepting Bitcoin donations on their web site... )
So.... Go write such an email letter to YOUR favorite charity right now! And before you click Send, copy and paste it into this thread. Don't think about it... Go and do it right now!