Nowadays, there are various ways to make donations in crypto – direct or indirect. You can donate through marketplaces within crypto wallets, ‘donation’ apps, or directly to organisations – even to the world’s largest such as UNICEF for a couple of years already accepting donations in Bitcoin and Ethereum. One of the most popular ways is however, through Ethereum – a public blockchain introduced by Vitalik Buterin and currently the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency after bitcoin. What Ethereum enables you is to add smart contracts. With the recent hype around NFTs, many artists use blockchain to make donations to good causes and to make our world a little bit better. This characteristic has made Ethereum attractive both in terms of donations, and in the distribution of those donations.
Brooklyn-based Myshli Studio, founded by Danil Krivoruchko, a motion designer, director, and visual effects artist, rolled out last week their NFTs Ksoids project – 3D generative art characters auctioned on OpenSea. Krivoruchko’s NFT works were already known to some digital art collectors from KnownOrigin and Foundation platforms. The Ksoids collection has marked Krivoruchko’s premiere on OpenSea. His digital artwork is also well-known in the film community. Last October, a collaborative group of designers and artists, under the direction of Krivoruchko, used 3D-imaging to transform the sci-fi novel “Blindsight” by Peter Watts into a short film. The movie has won over a dozen awards, including the Best Animation Award at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. In the past 17 years, Danil has collaborated with big brand clients such as Apple, Nike, Boeing, Verizon, and Intel, to name a few.
Myshli Studio’s Ksoids project helps protect wildlife with 20% of each Ksoid sale being donated to the Orangutan Outreach, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting orangutans in their native habitat. It costs around $3,000 a year to rescue, rehabilitate and release each orangutan. With $37,500 of today’s donation from Ksoids’ current sales, the project has helped save 12 orangutans already, with more donations on the way. The technical capabilities of NFTs, and the transparency of blockchain, enables artists to claim a commission on all future resales of their artwork on secondary markets. The creators of the Ksoids project will continue to give donations to the fund in the amount of 20% from every artist fee on each resale, thus starting an ongoing process of helping wildlife.