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University of Wyoming Receives $500,000 Cryptocurrency Donation

Updated: Apr 8

This sizable donation will promote the company's academic approach to blockchain development and engineering.

Cryptocurrency development firm IOHK made a $500,000 cryptocurrency donation to the University of Wyoming. The donation was made in Cardano (ADA), the world’s 11th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. The state of Wyoming will match the donation, meaning the university will receive a grand total $1,000,000 to help fund their ground-breaking blockchain research. A huge milestone on the firm's history.

"The University of Wyoming is proud to be at the forefront of blockchain research and education, and we are grateful for this significant financial contribution from IOHK," explained UW acting president Neal Theobald. "This support will help us continue to move forward in a very exciting and promising field of innovation and discovery."


This is the first cryptocurrency donation the University of Wyoming has received, but it's not the first we've seen in the educational sector. In fact, other notable universities have also benefited from high profile bitcoin and or cryptocurrency donations.


What about other Universities?


On December 31, 2019, Carnegie Mellon received a $1,300,000 cryptocurrency donation, with an additional $2,900,000 pledged over the next three years. Before that, $50,000,000 was donated to a couple dozen universities.


As universities are seen as nonprofits, donors receive substantial tax benefits when donating cryptocurrency. Donating directly to a nonprofit or higher education institution (like a university) will afford you tax relief.


Read: Our essential cryptocurrency tax guide to find out how you can benefit as a donor.


An increasing number of universities are accepting bitcoin donations—a seismic shift towards a brighter, more boundless future.


Here's a quickfire rundown of the other recent university crypto donations we've seen:

  • San Francisco State University: 25,000,000 USD of XRP by Ripple Co Founder

  • Princeton University (Center for Information Technology Policy): Undisclosed “Transformative amount” by Mike Novogtatz to Bridge Year program and a large USD Donation by cryptocurrency company Ripple

  • University of California, Berkeley: $50,000 USD worth of Bitcoin by Echolink Foundation and a large USD Donation by cryptocurrency company Ripple

  • Holberton School New Haven: $10,000 USD worth of Bitcoin by founder of Scroll Network

  • University of Puget Sound: $10,000 USD worth of Bitcoin by Alumni

  • MIT: Undisclosed donation by cryptocurrency exchange Bitmex and a large USD Donation by Ripple

  • PLUS: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Australian National University College of the Law, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil), International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H), Korea University, University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University College London, University of Luxembourg, University of Nicosia (Cyprus), University of Oregon, University of Waterloo (Canada) are all part of the group of 17+ Universities who received part of a $50 million USD Donation by cryptocurrency company Ripple


Is your University ready to accept cryptocurrency donations?


Millennials, as well as other recent graduates, are turning to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in their masses as a legitimate form of investment and money.


In the last few years, we've seen millions of dollars donated to universities around the world in the form of cryptocurrency., mainly because of attractive tax incentives. The IRS treats cryptocurrency as property, making it similar to a stock donation, meaning the donor does not pay capital gains tax and can write it off on their taxes.

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