GeekWire: MacKenzie Scott launches new website that details her giving process and lists recipients of $14B

GeekWire: MacKenzie Scott launches new website that details her giving process and lists recipients of $14B. “Since her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019, Scott has given away more than $14 billion to more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations, which are all listed on the new site, along with the amount of money received. She has stayed out of the limelight during that time, only penning a handful of essays to describe her donations.”

‘Just the tip of the iceberg’: How Russian neo-Nazi paramilitary fighters steal cryptocurrency through Ukrainian charity sites — and use it to fund the war (Meduza)

Meduza: ‘Just the tip of the iceberg’ How Russian neo-Nazi paramilitary fighters steal cryptocurrency through Ukrainian charity sites — and use it to fund the war. “The paramilitary group Rusich is one of multiple Russian far-right and neo-Nazi organizations that have fought in the war in Ukraine. Because it’s not an official part of the Russian Armed Forces, Rusich has had to find alternative ways of funding its members’ military equipment and medical needs — and has found the perfect solution in cryptocurrency.”

BBC: TikTok profits from livestreams of families begging

BBC: TikTok profits from livestreams of families begging. “Displaced families in Syrian camps are begging for donations on TikTok while the company takes up to 70% of the proceeds, a BBC investigation found. Children are livestreaming on the social media app for hours, pleading for digital gifts with a cash value. The BBC saw streams earning up to $1,000 (£900) an hour, but found the people in the camps received only a tiny fraction of that.”

University of Washington: Nonprofits show resilience and initiative during second year of pandemic

University of Washington: Nonprofits show resilience and initiative during second year of pandemic. “More than a year into the pandemic, Washington nonprofits have shown resiliency in serving their communities and staying afloat, a study from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington shows. The new study explores not only how the pandemic economy impacted donations to, and the operations of, charitable organizations, but also how nonprofits responded to the simultaneous call for racial justice.”

Ransomware Authors Offer to Donate Ransom to A Worthy Cause

Well this is different: a ransomware strain promises to donate your paid ransom to charity. “CryptMix demands approximately 5 Bitcoins (approximately $2,200) from victims, more than the going rate. Marks are given the consolation that their money will ‘go towards a worthy cause’, at least if the boiler-plate ransomware demand from the self-styled ‘Charity Team’ is taken at face value.” Ransomware authors aren’t the highest on my credibility index.