November 20, 2019
Tithe.ly, an Engiven partner and a leading donor and church management platform provider, has written a solid article for the definitive guide on giving and receiving cryptocurrency gifts at your church. Read it here.
July 2, 2019
With the anticipated release of Facebook’s Libra coin, there’s been a lot of speculation and conjecture in recent months. Regardless of how you view Facebook and its myriad of privacy concerns of late, the concept of a Facebook token is pretty intriguing. A recent article in Bloomberg does a fantastic job of comparing Bitcoin to … Continued
June 14, 2019
Malta-based Binance has announced that it will no longer provide trading services to U.S. traders starting in September. While the news comes as blow to many U.S. crypto traders, the bright side is that Binance intends to launch a separate exchange for Americans. However, given the difficult regulatory environment here in the U.S., it’s likely … Continued
June 2, 2019
In the summer of 2010 I met with the CFO of a prominent nonprofit organization to discuss a newly developed giving technology that my company had designed and would be launching in the near future. The technology enabled users to initiate donations with their mobile phones.
May 28, 2019
Cryptocurrency is mysterious, largely unregulated — and currently worth roughly $113 billion. How can charities get a piece of the action?
April 6, 2019
Following the devastating earthquake of 2010 that caused widespread destruction to an already fragile Haiti, donations for the relief effort began to pour into organizations helping in the region. An estimated $13 Billion was raised to help the people of Haiti in the months that followed the event.
March 2, 2019
Many individuals first learned about digital currency when the FBI shut down the Silk Road website and arrested its founder, Ross Ulbricht.
June 26, 2018
Engiven founders James Lawrence and Matt Hayes have a rich history of working with the BLVR. Over the last ten years, the group has teamed up on a diverse mix of brand development, design, and digital projects for Rock Church in San Diego and Mogiv.
Through the Engiven platform, a nonprofit is provided with education and assistance to access the tools needed to accept and store cryptocurrency donations. Our online dashboard gives full transparency into your crypto giving and makes the process simple to accept crypto donations and engage with your donors.
We provide access to the tools you’ll need to begin accepting crypto donations quickly.
Whether you’ve received a crypto donation through Engiven’s platform or directly from a donor to your existing wallet, you can easily and quickly convert your crypto to fiat currency using the Engiven platform.
Once they become members, nonprofits are not charged any fees to receive cryptocurrencies as donations. They may receive unlimited donations and set up an unlimited number of wallets, used to hold their currencies.
Engiven will provide access to the online tools necessary to easily accept cryptocurrencies. Our widget provides a safe and easy to use interface where donations can be made directly on your nonprofit website.
Engiven provides best practices, how-to videos, and up to date news related to cryptocurrencies and regulations.
Membership provides resources and tools that demystify how cryptocurrencies work and allows nonprofits to leverage cryptocurrencies as donations. Membership is only $10 a month or $100 a year.
Quickly convert your crypto donations to fiat currency (US Dollars) using the Engiven platform. We’ll send funds via bank ACH directly into your bank account.
What is Cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency, also known as Virtual Currency or “Crypto,” is digital asset designed to function as a replacement for fiat (US Dollars, for example) whereby transactions between two parties are verified through a public, distributed ledger, also known as a blockchain. Most people think of Bitcoin when they heard the word “Crypto.” While Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency introduced, there are now more than 1,000 unique cryptocurrencies in circulation, each with their own specific properties and values. Learn more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocurrency
What is Engiven?
Engiven is a membership-based online platform that helps nonprofits to receive cryptocurrencies as donations from individuals. Through the Engiven platform, a nonprofit receives access to the online tools needed to accept, store and convert cryptocurrencies from individual donors (as permitted by law).
What is Engiven Membership?
Membership in the Engiven network provides resources and tools that demystify how cryptocurrencies work and helps enable nonprofits to leverage cryptocurrencies as donations. Once a nonprofit becomes a member, they are not charged any fees to receive cryptocurrencies as donations. They may receive unlimited donations and set up an unlimited number of wallets, used to hold their cryptocurrencies. Membership includes our proprietary giving dashboard and access to our crypto classroom, which provides valuable best practices.
How Do I Use the Engiven Platform?
Use the quick and simple sign up form at Engiven.com. Once signed up, create or import a wallet and then follow the step to embedding our giving widget into your website. Once the giving widget is active, the nonprofit can begin receiving cryptocurrency gifts. Once donations are received, the nonprofit can convert them to fiat currency via Engiven's liquidation feature.
What Does the Engiven Membership Cost?
Engiven membership is $10 a month or $100 a year.
What Cryptocurrencies Can My Nonprofit Receive as Gifts?
At present, Engiven enables its nonprofit members to receive Bitcoin and Ethereum.
How Do I Safely Store Cryptocurrency?
Storing cryptocurrency is relatively safe and easy, provided the nonprofit takes the proper steps and precautions. Engiven recommends two different options for crypto storage. Option 1) Paper storage – Print out your secret key and store it in a safe location, such as a bank safety deposit box. Option 2) Hardware storage – Utilize a hardware storage devices such as a Trezor (http://trezor.io) or KeepKey (http://keepkey.com).
How Do I Exchange Cryptocurrency for US Dollars?
Engiven provides a fast and easy way to convert your tokens to fiat. Currently, we support the conversion of BTC and ETH. Payment for your tokens will be in USD and sent via bank ACH. For more information, please login to your Engiven account and select "liquidation" from the main navigation menu.
Does Engiven Charge a Fee to Exchange Crypto?
Engiven does not charge a commission on any transaction. Rather, you will be quoted a price via the Engiven dashboard when liquidation has been requested. The price quoted to you is all-inclusive and based on the real-time price quoted from Coinbase plus a spread. The spread is usually between 5%-10% depending on numerous factors including the transaction size and market volatility. You will not be charged more than 10%. There will be no additional liquidation fees charged by Engiven.
Is Engiven a Money Services Business (MSB)?
Initially Engiven’s nonprofit liquidity service will be available to members organized and operating in the US only, and for the purchase by Engiven of BTC and ETH only. Engiven registered with the Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) as a money services business (“MSB”) on March 19, 2019 and was assigned MSB Registration Number 31000143467926.
Co-Founder, CEO, Board Member
Co-Founder, COO, Board Member
Engiven In-House General Counsel
Business Development Europe
Co-Founder, CEO, Board Member
James was most recently the Co-Founder & CEO of Mogiv, a mobile and cloud-based giving technology for organizations engaged in ministry. Mogiv was acquired by Ministry Brands in October 2016. James also served as the Chief of Staff + Innovation of San Diego Rock Church, one of the largest churches in America. James founded GrepNet, a software engineering company that commercialized in-memory database technologies and built software products for global companies and the US Government. GrepNet was acquired in 1999 and was again acquired by McAfee/Intel in 2012 as Nitro Security. As an experienced product and systems designer, James has overseen the development and launch of numerous consumer and enterprise software products used by both public and private audiences around the globe.
Co-Founder, COO, Board Member
Matt was most recently the CIO at the Rock Church, one of America’s largest churches. Prior to that, Matt was Co-Founder & COO of Mogiv, a mobile and cloud-based giving technology for organizations engaged in ministry. Mogiv was acquired by Ministry Brands in October 2016. Matt also served as President of Ecolite USA, a clean technology company that developed pre-engineered building solutions to the US Dept. of Defense and commercial building industry. Matt also served as CEO of Kwikweb.com, a publicly-traded software development company in the domain registration space (symbol KWEB).
David is a strategic finance professional with 20+ years of experience in general management, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, and budgeting. Most recently he oversaw a Family Office and Private Foundation. David has served on several Boards of Directors including Mogiv and the San Diego Half Marathon. He has also served as Vice President of Finance for MD7 in San Diego and worked in Corporate Finance for the Intel Corporation in Oregon. David began his career as a Consultant with Accenture and also later worked for FICO and HNC Software.
Huy has held senior positions in software engineering with organizations such as the Department of Defense, the United States Navy, and University of California San Diego, where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science. Huy also founded Meijun, a custom software development and digital marketing agency where he leads a team of seasoned developers and designers whose clients include Zojirushi, Mazda, Rock Church, Take-Two Interactive, and Breg, along with a host of nonprofit and government organizations. Huy Ly is also a Founder and CEO of Integrated-X Inc., a provider of scientific inspection machinery and services based out of San Diego.
Engiven In-House General Counsel
Brand serves as Engiven’s in-house general counsel. He started his career as a law clerk with the U.S. District Court in San Diego nearly 20 years ago and has since acquired a diverse resume of experience. He has represented a variety of organizations, from start-ups to nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, in counseling and litigation matters in the areas of employment law, commercial contracts and business disputes, workplace investigations, trade secrets, employment law, insurance, risk management, and training. Additionally, he previously served as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for a large nonprofit organization with an 8-figure operating budget, multiple locations, and over 270 employees, and oversaw all legal, employment/human resource, contract, commercial real estate, intellectual property, risk management, and insurance matters. He is currently the principal and founder of BTW Law Group. His extensive experience as both an outside-counsel with large top-tier firms and in-house counsel have given him a unique understanding of the operational, legal, and personnel challenges organizations face.
Jerry Carleton, founder and principal of the Immix Law Group, is a corporate and securities attorney who counsels private emerging and growth-stage companies on corporate, finance, and securities issues. A successful entrepreneur and business owner, Jerry originally went to law school to better himself for the company he and his business partner were launching at the time. Today, Jerry uses those experiences to pair business reality with legal knowledge in advising his clients. He focuses on pre-formation planning, entity formation, raising capital, securities compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, leasing and contractual issues, and general day-to-day business advice. Jerry represents clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, medical services, medical device companies, nonprofit, manufacturing, automotive, retail, art services, creative agencies, marketing and print, graphic design, certified public accounting services, realty and real estate acquisition, mortgage planning, fashion, apparel, upholstery, and recreation. Having been involved in more than three dozen cryptocurrency offerings by the time of the Engiven SAFT offering, Jerry is helping craft the legal strategies being used for compliance in the United States and helping to make compliant strategies more approachable.
Nils Smith also serves as the Chief Strategist of Social Media+Innovation for Dunham+Company based in Dallas, TX and author of “Social Media Guide for Ministry”. Nils is also a podcaster (Social Media Church), blogger (NilsSmith.com) and vlogger (Your Social Media Guide). Over the past 10 years, Nils has been very active in online ministry as a practitioner, consultant and conference speaker most recently serving as the Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church with an Online Ministry reaching over fifteen thousand each week and a Facebook community of over 800,000. Nils also co-founded TVApp.Church providing TV Apps and Alexa Skills to churches and ministries around the world.
Rick first served nonprofits through fundraising and organizational development nearly 40 years ago. He worked in nonprofit management and leadership for more than a decade before using his passion and expertise as a consultant. All of this culminated with the founding of Dunham+Company in 2002. Since then, Rick has led Dunham+Company to become a global leader in helping nonprofits create and execute fully integrated fundraising and marketing strategies. With dozens of clients on four continents, Dunham+Company now has the opportunity to share their skills with the top organizations around the world. Rick holds a BA from Biola University and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. He currently serves on the board of The Giving Institute and is Vice Chair of the Board of the Giving USA Foundation, the publisher of the most widely respected report on giving in the USA. Rick also advocates for charitable organizations through his work with The Giving Coalition. Rick is the author of “Secure: Discovering True Financial Freedom” and “If God Will Provide, Why Do We Have to Ask for Money?” His expertise causes him to be a frequent guest in national publications, radio broadcasts, as well as television outlets like Fox Business News.
Nick also serves as the Executive Director of CV North America. Leaning on his background as an executive with a 4-time “Inc. 500” winning startup, Nick’s organizations leverage technology, process and digital marketing strategies to connect communities with over 1,000 local church partners. Nick is also the Founder of Media Tractor, a boutique marketing and business strategies company that serves both industry and nonprofit clients. Nick co-hosts the Social Media Church Podcast, has provided coaching and marketing training for more than 50 nonprofit organizations, and is Chairman of the Board for Initiative Network, an organization reaching and equipping the millennial generation for impact in their communities.
Business Development Europe
Santiago has held executive roles as managing director, as well as business development and corporate development positions in some of the world’s most well regarded innovation and technology companies, including IDEO, Method, Method Design Lab (which he co-founded), AVG Technologies and other global firms. Santiago works with clients ranging from telecom disruptors such as IOVOX to design & product development consultancies such as Elsewhen to eCommerce companies such as Babymori.com to strategy consultancies such as Marakon.io. He is also spinning up a European-focused Deep Tech fund (Steam Capital), as well as jump-starting a gaming start-up. Santiago is also an occasional angel investor, has lived and worked on four continents, has an MBA from INSEAD.
In addition to providing strategic leadership to Dunham+Company, Trent is a frequent speaker providing insights on strategic, integrated fundraising and how churches can build a generous culture. Today he ensures Dunham+Company remains a global leader in serving nonprofit organizations. Trent has spent his entire career working with Christian nonprofit organizations. He has served clients in every facet of integrated marketing and fundraising campaigns, both in traditional and online formats. In his time with Dunham+Company, he has developed a number of key partnerships with leading online providers.
Abraham Gomez has extensive knowledge in growing digital media assets and has garnered millions of followers across social media. His successes include building a top 1,000 website in under 6 months without the use of ad spend. Abraham is a co-founder in Jesus Influencers, Blockchain Mavericks, Wild & West, Lotus Esports, KNW Media, and Social Media University.
Quintin Ford has extensive knowledge in the events industry and has used that knowledge to host events across the tech industry and crypto spaces. The events were initially launched locally and within only a few months, he proved his model and launched in several cities nationwide. Quintin is a co-founder in Jesus Influencers, Blockchain Mavericks, Wild & West, Lotus Esports, KNW Media, and Social Media University.
Cole Richardson has extensive experience in management and business development. He has used this experience to add to grow and develop every business that he’s had dealings with. With his diverse set of skills and his ever growing network of positive business dealings, he can assure that there will always be a way to add value to our clients. Cole is a co-founder in Jesus Influencers, Blockchain Mavericks, Wild & West, Lotus Esports, KNW Media, and Social Media University.
Scott guides BLVR’s overall vision and strategic direction. With an intense passion for getting to the heart of a brand, he delights in helping organizations live their Brand Belief through authentic behaviors, thus strengthening their power to inspire brand trust, loyalty, evangelism, and growth. Previously, Scott founded Risen Magazine, a nationally distributed pop-culture publication, as well as The Glue Network, a global cause-marketing platform. When not in the office, Scott is adventuring with his family, taking photos or developing a new recipe in the kitchen.
Adam leads BLVR’s day-to-day operations and is responsible for the financial affairs of the company. He takes great satisfaction in ensuring that the BLVR team executes at a high level to ensure positive outcomes for every client. Adam is passionate about making a difference in the world and serves on the board of Youth For Christ San Diego.
Engiven will be offering 12 - 24 million ENGV Tokens at $.50 cents per token in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), which is expected to open in October 2018 upon the successful registration with the SEC. The ICO is open to investors around the globe and can be purchased with BTC, ETH or USD.