If the price of Bitcoin were to reach $200,000, half of the world’s billionaires would be crypto billionaires.

This crypto wealth has vast potential to reshape philanthropy https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Bitcoin itself is a weird, stand-alone project.

In part because of this, we should expect a relative decline in the influence of longstanding nonprofit institutions — and more weird, stand-alone projects https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
The Bitcoin ecosystem has been self-sustaining since the beginning, and so it should hardly come as a surprise that Bitcoin billionaires take Bitcoin itself as a model for future institutions, including in philanthropy https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
As philanthropists, crypto billionaires will likely look to support ideas that can launch in a dramatic way and quickly acquire escape velocity.

They are unlikely to fund the ongoing labor costs of established cultural institutions https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies seem designed to stand independent of any government or mainstream financial institution.

That suggests that the philanthropic emphasis of crypto wealth will be on non-establishment, non-governmental organizations https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Compare this to the philanthropic approach of an earlier America.

The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, for instance, received significant support from Midwestern businesses and businessmen, especially from people connected to Cleveland https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
It was one of the best orchestras in the world for decades (and is still very good), even though Cleveland was never a first-tier American city.

The mid-20th century philanthropic system worked very well for sustaining this kind of institution https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Many of the very wealthy individuals from crypto are quite young. That probably rules out a lot of philanthropic support for:

🖼️Art museums
🎤Opera houses
🎉High-culture festivals

Those venues typically command loyalty from older customers and donors
Yes, two very wealthy people did patronize the arts when they bid $60 million-plus for the NFT of a Beeple artwork.

But that bid can be seen as an effort to jump-start a new genre of art https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Nonprofits will have to respond to these new donors by looking for ways to achieve their ends with lower labor costs and more innovative ideas.

Not all current nonprofits are up to this challenge https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Venture capitalist Paul Graham has pointed out that wealth is earned much more quickly nowadays. Crypto, after all, is only 12 years old.

Bitcoin billionaires haven't necessarily had to work their way up, finally achieving a top position in their 60s https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
They either are founders of rapidly growing and scaling companies, or they bought large sums of the right crypto assets early on, or both.

Either way, their temperaments are geared to expect immediate action and rapid results https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Nonprofits will have to adjust accordingly, even though speed is not typically their comparative advantage.

That in turn suggests that the organizational structures of many nonprofits will have to change fairly radically https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
Some of these billionaires might end up feeling politically vulnerable.

Crypto titans don’t have obvious political power bases the way the mainstream financial sector tends to have very good relations with New York state senators https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
That suggests an interest in directly humanitarian philanthropy.

So if you have a new and radical idea for how to help the poor, there has never been a better time to be a nonprofit entrepreneur https://trib.al/mTXkYLW 
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