The biggest donation in human history finally confirm. Ethereum and Shiba Inu Coin(SHIB) Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin Donates Over $1 Billion To India Covid-19 Relief Fund And Other Charities.
Nailwal immediately took to Twitter to thank Buterin and assure SHIB investors the funds will be spent responsibly. “We will not do anything which hurts any community specially the retail community involved with SHIB,” wrote Nailwal.
Additionally, Ethereum’s figurehead sent about $441 million (as of press time) of AKITA to Gitcoin, an open-source bounties platform on Ethereum, according to the records from blockchain data provider Etherscan.
He made the donation by offloading massive amounts of dog-themed meme tokens, which he was gifted by the creators of Shiba Inu coin (SHIB), Dogelon (ELON) and Akita Inu (AKITA). These cryptocurrencies have taken off following Dogecoin’s staggering rally of the last few months. Though built around similar memes, these copycats have much larger token supplies.
In a single transaction, Buterin donated 50 trillion SHIB tokens worth $1.2 billion as of May 12, 16:37 pm E.T. to the India Covid Relief Fund set up by Indian tech entrepreneur Sandeep Nailwal. Nailwal is best known as the co-founder and COO of Polygon, a protocol which aggregates scalable solutions on Ethereum in a multi-chain system. Earlier in April, Buterin donated about $600,000 in ether and maker (MKR) tokens to the fund.
Other notable donations, amounting to millions of dollars (and also made in ether), include gifts to GiveWell, a non-profit charity evaluator, Methuselah Foundation, which focuses on extending human lifespan, and Machine Intelligence Research Institute, focused on developing safe artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.
Apparently, the tokens were given to Buterin on the premise that he would not sell them. Anonymous developers of Shiba Token have sent 50% of the SHIB token supply to Vitalik Buterin’s wallet over the past year. The coin’s website states that 50% of the total supply “was burned to Vitalik Buterin,” meaning the tokens have been permanently removed from circulation, or at least that’s what the developers presumably envisioned. Some market followers speculated that Buterin could ‘rug’ SHIB holders – simply speaking, sell the coins, turning what appears to be a marketing stunt against the creators and holders. And indeed, Buterin’s moves have significantly impacted the prices of the tokens. According to Coinbase, Shiba Inu is down 36%, Dogelon Mars is down 65% and Akita Inu is down more than 50% over the past twenty-four hours as of press time.
Importantly, this could mean that the actual aid received by the charities may end up being much less than the intended amounts.
Buterin still holds over $1 billion in ether, though he had transferred virtually all of his holdings to a different address right before he made the donations.