The Tor Project is now accepting Bitcoin donations, thanks to a partnership with the payment processor Bitpay. The project decided to become cryptocurrency-friendly after receiving a lot of requests during the past year.
From now on, “Bitcoins can easily and directly be donated to support Tor’s ongoing mission of being the global resource for privacy technology advocacy, research and education in the ongoing pursuit of freedom of speech, privacy rights online, and censorship circumvention”, it’s possible to read on a blog post.
Our decision to accept Bitcoins has been well thought out and researched from a financial accounting perspective with an eye on passing our required annual A-133 audit.
We believe we are the first US 501(c)3 non-profit organization to test acceptance of Bitcoins and attempt to pass the US Government A-133 Audit Standard. Our 2013 audit results, along with our past financial documents, will be made available on our website once complete in 2014.
The digital coins received by the project through their donations page will be converted to US dollars to help the organization fulfil its goals and keep boosting Tor’s work, while fighting against “the growing threats to privacy and anonymity around the world”.
“Your donation made today, through Bitcoin, Paypal, Amazon Payments, Givv.org, checks, money orders or bank transfers, will provide greater security and privacy for millions around the world who use Tor every day”, the message adds.
After announcing this decision, the Tor Project joins other visible non-profit organizations like WordPress or EFF that also accept Bitcoins.