After users were suggested to stop accepting crypto donations to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization confirmed that it would continue to donate cryptocurrency.

Members unite to call on the foundation to stop being able to donate cryptocurrency due to environmental concerns. But while the organization will constantly monitor the conversation about cryptocurrency in its communities, it will not hesitate to accept crypto donations.

Elisa Flick of the Wikimedia team told Cointelegraph that Wikimedia’s approach to fundraising is to meet donors wherever they are. Flick stated that the fund aims to “provide the most desirable payment methods in different parts of the world.” This includes fulfilling the requests the Foundation receives from donors requesting the opportunity to donate cryptocurrency.

“We want to be as inclusive as possible and allow people to contribute in the way that works best for them.”
Julia Brongs, chief communications officer for the Wikimedia Foundation, answered questions from Molly White (GorillaWarfare) in the original proposal. According to Brungs, the most used cryptocurrency for donations is Bitcoin (BTC). However, the organization immediately turns it into a legal order. “We have never had cryptocurrency and convert daily donations into fiat currency (US dollars) on a daily basis without any significant environmental impact,” Proungs wrote.

The response also cited data from the Cambridge Bitcoin Index of Electricity Consumption, which states that there is very little evidence linking Bitcoin directly to climate change. The data shows that even in a worst-case scenario (such as coal mining only), the environmental impact of Bitcoin is currently still minimal at best.

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Meanwhile, not all organizations are willing to continue donating cryptocurrency after receiving feedback from the anti-crypto community. Earlier in January, Mozilla stopped accepting cryptocurrencies after receiving a response from the co-founder. Because of this decision, the creator of Dogecoin criticized Mozilla, saying, “Thank you for giving in to this ignorant, reactionary Internet gangster.”

Source: CoinTelegraph

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