Thanks for wanting to help!!!
The Ethereum Foundation is a non-profit Swiss “Stiftung” (Foundation) registered in Switzerland as “Stiftung Ethereum” (Foundation Ethereum). You can read more about it on the foundation page.
The Foundation’s mission is to promote and support Ethereum platform and base layer research, development and education to bring decentralized protocols and tools to the world that empower developers to produce next generation decentralized applications and together build a more globally accessible, more free and more trustworthy Internet.
If you want to help us achieve these goals, here are ways you can do so.
Donating is a helpful way to support the Foundation. We've set up a special contract account to handle all Bitcoin and Ether donations. All funds received are visible on the blockchain for anyone to see.
Also, donating might get you a unicorn. As a playful way to thank the donors, we created a token on the ethereum blockchain called a “Unicorn.”
Any donation over 2.014 ethers will trigger the creation of a brand new unicorn that will be automatically sent to the donation address.
If you send donations through exchanges or payment services, the Unicorn will be sent to their address and only they can retrieve it for you (they probably won’t do it for you). So if you want the Unicorn, make sure you send it from an address that you directly and fully control.
Since Unicorns are part of an ethereum contract, they are only generated for donations of ether on the ethereum blockchain.
Unicorns are fun tokens with de minimis value (no cash equivalent or redeemable value), and you can watch your Unicorns through your Ethereum Wallet (here's how).
BEFORE YOU DONATE, we want to make sure you know a few important things.
Use of Donations. Donations are used for general purposes to support the Foundation. If you want your donation to be used for specific Foundation-supported work, you would need to contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org and receive written confirmation that the designated donation is possible before you donate.
Non tax deductible contribution. The Foundation is recognised as a non-profit Stiftung in Switzerland. It is not, however, recognised as a charity and is therefore not exempt from Swiss federal and cantonal income taxes. A donation to the Foundation does not qualify as a tax deductible charitable contribution.
For more information on specific tax benefits to which you may be entitled through your contribution, you should check with a professional tax advisor or attorney.
No cancellations, changes or refunds. Before completing your donations, it is very important that you check and double check the address, the amount and other information you provide. We are sorry but we cannot accept requests to cancel, change or refund donations.
Illegal Funds. The Foundation cannot and does not accept funds that have been illegally obtained or that would otherwise be judged to damage the reputation or integrity of the Foundation. By checking the box below, you confirm that to the best of your knowledge, the donation comes from a legal source and is compliant with the tax laws of your applicable jurisdiction. Once you check the box, the Bitcoin and Ether addresses for donations will appear below.
Security. For online donations through the blockchain, your transaction would be securely pushed through to the address you provide. The security of your transaction would depend on your safe keeping over your private keys and proper security practices with your computer. Please remember that the blockchain is decentralized so you must be very careful with inputting the address. If you send currency to the wrong address, there is no centralized bank or other authority that can retrieve that currency for you.