CharityStars auction features blockchain elite

CharityStars, the online fundraising auction platform for the nonprofit sector, today launched a series of auctions with prominent leaders in the blockchain space.

Interested participants have the opportunity to bid for a business lunch with Ryan Taylor, CEO of Dash, Galia Benartzi, co-founder of Bancor, serial entrepreneur Jeremy Gardner, and Erik Voorhees, CEO of ShapeShift.

Contributors also have the opportunity to play poker with Brock Pierce, chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and join Dr. Julian Hosp, Co-Founder and President of TenX for a business lunch in Singapore in an ongoing auction that launched last week.

CEO Francesco Nazari Fusetti

“At present, the charity sector suffers greatly from a lack of trust and transparency, issues directly mitigated by blockchain technology,” Charity Stars co-founder and CEO Francesco Nazari Fusetti said.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be showcasing some of the most influential minds in the space in an effort to raise awareness for a number of international charities and causes.”

“Joining forces with such reputable leaders will not only draw deserved attention to the charities in need but also highlight the staggering benefits that this emerging technology can bring to the nonprofit sector.”

Co-founded by Mr. Fusetti, Manuela Ravalli, and Domenico Gravagno in 2013, CharityStars is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in London and Milan. It has a global network of established relationships with international charities and across the entertainment industry. Auctions are conducted through the online platform that features an array of luxury experiences and products which can be purchased at auction with proceeds going to partnering charities.

Last month, CharityStars announced the first integration of Bitcoin and Ether onto their platform, enabling auction participants to bid with the two most popular cryptocurrencies for a meet and greet with Cristiano Ronaldo. Current ongoing auctions in Bitcoin and Ether include the chance to meet tennis champion Rafael Nadal and have dinner with Sharon Stone.

“As the use of cryptocurrencies and the adoption of blockchain become more mainstream the early adopters of this technology have a great deal of responsibility,” Mr. Voorhees said. “At the forefront of this revolution, the onus is on us to raise awareness not only of what the technology can achieve but how we must work together as a community to achieve it.”

“As an active supporter of non-profit and advocacy organizations, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to not only raise awareness of a worthy cause but to highlight the far-reaching potential of blockchain technology and the outstanding community,” Mr. Pierce said.

The proceeds from these auctions will be donated to:

  • The Blockchain Education Network (BEN), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to forming a robust network of student organizations for blockchain education, innovation, and development
  • The Bancor Foundation, which promotes the development and adoption of the Bancor protocol, a standard for the creation of intrinsically tradable tokens
  • The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) the world largest organization for nature conservation
  • Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief, and helps support children in developing countries
  • Unsung, an online community in the US that seeks to solve hunger, by enabling local grocers, restaurants, caterers, or anyone with large amounts of leftover food to donate the food through the app, that would otherwise be thrown out.

To date, CharityStars has collaborated with hundreds of global celebrities such as Metallica, Eva Longoria, and Valentino Rossi. Recent successful auctions that raised funds for partnering charities include lunch with the former Italian President Silvio Berlusconi ($74,900); a business pitch with the founder of Candy Crush, Riccardo Zacconi ($27,250); and the official bus of the All Blacks Rugby team ($270,000).

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