The crypto community has already contributed more than $ 750,000 to Dave Portnoy’s fundraiser.

Sports journalist and influencer Dave Portnoy is now accepting Bitcoin ( BTC ) and other cryptocurrencies in his donation fund for small business owners .

Less than 24 hours after the corresponding announcement, the crypto community has already shown itself to be very helpful

The Barstool Fund, named after Barstool Sports, the sports blog Portnoy, last week was launched to help small business owners who have fallen through the corona crisis in trouble. As of press time, the fund raised nearly $ 5.3 million to benefit 14 different companies. More than 53,000 donors have participated so far. For tax reasons, the donation campaign will only run until the end of the year.

As already mentioned, the majority of the donations come from the crypto community. For this purpose, the crypto asset management company Morgan Creek Digital has set up a separate Bitcoin address via the donation portal The Giving Block . In addition to Bitcoin, the Barstool Fund also accepts donations in the form of Ethereum , Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Zcash, Basic Attention Token, Chainlink, Gemini Dollar, DAI, Storj, Amp and 0x.

Anthony Pompliano, one of the co-founders of Morgan Creek Digital, told Cointelegraph that „at least $ 750,000″ of cryptocurrencies had been received by Friday morning:

“It is difficult to say exactly which donations are coming from the crypto community, but we can safely say that at least $ 750,000 has been donated in the form of cryptocurrencies. The actual amount donated by the crypto community is therefore very likely higher. “

„2020 was a difficult year,“ as Pompliano says. However, he adds: „But Bitcoin was good for all of us.“

And further:

„There is no better way to end this year than with a new Bitcoin record high and a few donations to share our happiness.“

Cointelegraph reporter Helen Partz asked Alex Wilson from The Giving Block how the crypto donations to the Barstool Fund are going.

The crypto users can donate by visiting the Barstool Fund website, clicking the corresponding button and choosing the crypto currency of their choice. A wallet address will then be displayed to which you can then send your crypto donations. As soon as the payment has been processed, the donors will receive a receipt by email.

The corona crisis is known to have been accompanied by severe cuts in social life. Small business owners suffer particularly badly from the repeated lockdown, as their operating costs often continue without generating any new income. Many self-employed therefore see themselves on the edge of their existence.

As Pompliano notes, small businesses account for nearly 50% of all jobs in the US and are “representative of the American Dream” around the world. In his opinion, the consequential economic damage to American small business owners will be felt around the world.

The US parliament has meanwhile agreed on a new corona aid package that is to provide 284 billion US dollars. However, since the lockdown will continue indefinitely , many experts fear that further tools will be needed in the future. Gastronomy, tourism and the hotel industry in particular have been hit hard by the ban on going out.

The decision on a digital euro could take a long time.

The financial authorities in Europe could work out an investigation plan for a digital euro as early as next year, according to a manager at the European Central Bank

Holger Neuhaus, Head of the Department for Market Innovation and Integration at the Crypto Superstar, took part in the Singapore FinTech Festival 2020 on December 7th and spoke about the global development of digital central bank currencies (CBDCs).

In the online discussion, Neuhaus claimed that the ECB expects the European tax authorities to check by mid-2021 whether they want to work on a digital euro:

„In mid-2021 the euro system will examine whether a project for a digital euro should be launched. But I would like to emphasize that this would only be an investigation phase and not a decision. That would basically enable us to actually work out a plan. Then we would talk about what a digital euro could be, what it could look like, how it could be implemented and whether and when a political decision would be made. “

Neuhaus emphasized that a digital euro would only complement, not replace, cash or large customer central bank deposits. He also noted that central bank digital currencies would pose major challenges when used overseas, particularly with regard to cash flow management and relative compensation issues.

„This is where it becomes difficult and we have to think about how we can limit that. With fixed limits, be it with incentive systems or other possibilities,“ says Neuhaus.

Regarding CBDCs in Europe, Neuhaus also spoke about the ECB’s public consultation on a possible digital euro. This consultation was published in mid-October 2020 and aims to collect feedback from public and private people to assess whether Europe needs a digital euro.

In November 2020, ECB President Christine Lagarde asked the bank to make a decision on the introduction of a digital euro in January 2021.