In two short weeks, the OnChainMonkey (OCM) community has raised a total of 65.4 ETH (~USD $185,000) from the sale of the charity NFT, OCM Earth, with the money going toward humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine. OCM Earth, an artistic mosaic of over 25,000 OCM Genesis images which together create a globe with a heart over Ukraine, had two phases to raise the money. The first was a public sale of 604 OCM Earth NFTs for 0.1 ETH (~$280) each, followed by a one-week auction package which included:
- 1-of-1 high resolution OCM Earth NFT
- High resolution framed image of OCM Earth from Infinite Objects
- OCM Genesis #5957- a Magic Monk with a ‘Ukrainian hat’ (blue and yellow hat)
- One(1) OCM Dessert – a D2 Divine Donut NFT
OCM Genesis #5957 and the Divine Donut were donated by a community member who is a third generation Ukrainian. He refers to this OCM as Ukemann, in honor of an AOL screen name he created with his dad in 1994. It was on that Ukemann account that his dad taught him stocks and finance, and now through OCM, he is teaching his dad about crypto and NFTs.
The fundraising effort allowed the OCM community participate in it’s first Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) vote, soft-launching the OCM DAO. While no funds from the DAO treasury were used (only money raised in the fundraising efforts), it let everyone holding an OCM vote on where the money would be donated. In the future, the OCM DAO will help govern a variety of proposals and activities, using funds from sales/royalties of the NFT project. The OCM team will also utilize their strong network to help propel the success of DAO projects.
Using snapshot.org, a decentralized voting system, the OCM community voted for Save the Children as the charity to receive 100% of the funds raised from the OCM Earth mint and auction. Save the Children is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid charity and the first global organization devoted to solely serving children’s needs and securing their rights. The donation to Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance.
OnChainMonkey has a history of supporting important causes, including raising money to restore coral reefs in the Caribbean, running a charity Axie Infinity event to help raise money for typhoon victims in the Philippines, and funding the evacuation of Sharbat Gula, known as “Afghan Girl” from National Geographic, to safety in November 2021.
“At OnChainMonkey, one of our core beliefs is to do good things as we create value for our community,” said Danny Yang, CEO of Metagood, the company behind OnChainMonkey. “Our community has always supported our efforts, and we’re glad we were able to help the people of Ukraine with these two fundraisers.”