Epik has another search in progress for a targeted project that fits into the Microfinance strategy that is currently taking form. We are engaging outside counsel to se up a Charity/Philanthropic arm of the Epik family. The purpose of that entity is to receive (domain) donations. I call it "The Goodwill of Domains" which will scalably fund Digital empowerment grants all over the world. Here is how I believe domain donations will work: - Domain owners submit domains with auth codes - Ownership verification is verified - Domains accepted transfer starts and user is notified - Domain arrives - Domain donor receives receipt with valuation - Domain is listed with landing page for buy/lease - Proceeds are used for funding Digital Empowerment grants The site will also include a section with User profiles where users can create profiles as Staff, Volunteer, Donors and as Beneficiaries. The technology for doing this community is likely going to be based on Pleroma, Hydra or Mastodon -- technologies for highly resilient decentralized community platform which is also being integrated for upcoming Toki.com project as a decentralized Fediverse "Smart Agent" service. On the donation site itself, we include real-time transparent disclosure of all activity and/or change of status: - If donor was not anonymous, display <domain> was donated by <donor>. - When domain is sold, <domain> donated by <donor> has sold for <amount>. - Digital Empowerment grant of <amount> was made to <beneficiary>. - <Beneficiary> reported about their impact from their grant. - <Community Member> posted feedback. The domain specification: - .COM and/or .ORG - Up to 12 characters, including TLD. - Conveys charity/philanthropy and empowerment in the digital age - Can be English, Greek or Latin - Preference for a domain where .COM and .ORG can both be secured. Lord-willing, we'll select a the top contenders within 7 days and then run a poll with the finalists before buying the domain name to be used for this project. In the meantime, as proof of concept, we have already started giving out grants this week and are interviewing team members. Send candidates to @franka46. I think it is an exciting project. It fits very strongly with a personal passion: DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT. This is a topic that I fellow Board director @Braden Pollock is also passionate about. We spoke earlier this morning. Perhaps his experience with Benevolent.net will prove relevant for this initiative. Last but not least, we are also going to source some educational content that will teach program participants about domain investing and how to set up impactful digital presences at low cost. There is an abundance of good teaching content already out there so we'll leverage this heavily. If folks want to contribute domain names to this project ahead of the tax-exempt entity being formed, you may do so by sending domains with auth codes to [email protected] -- working name courtesy of @Blitzpotz because of his random act of kindness yesterday. Monetary donations are also welcome. However, be aware that tax exempt status is still a month or two out. Once we have a final brand name for it, we'll set up a dedicated PayPal account for the program. For those who don't care about tax-exempt status, there is BTC address here: 1EErxU6KUmJBD8xoAiMSJ2qBp8UPfSLgkK Input and advice is also welcome in this thread or you can wait for the poll thread to come up in a few days where your comments can be liked and thanked and where the thread will remain open. This domain wanted thread will only be open for a short while. Feel free to comment here about the program. Thanks for looking.