Sam Bankman-Fried’s charitable donations sought by FTX: Report


FTX’s new administration is looking for to recuperate thousands and thousands of {dollars} in donations made by the crypto trade and its former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, reports the Wall Avenue Journal. 

On the finish of September, FTX’s charity arm, Future Fund, had dedicated greater than $160 million to over 110 nonprofit organizations, together with biotech startups and college researchers creating Covid-19 vaccines and dealing on pandemic research, in addition to nonprofit organizations in India, China and Brazil.

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As per the report, Future Fund dedicated $3.6 million to AVECRIS, an organization engaged on a genetic vaccine platform, and one other $5 million had been donated to Atlas Fellowship for scholarships and high-school summer season packages in San Francisco.

A spokesperson for Bankman-Fried stated that charitable donations weren’t produced from buyer deposits, however from buying and selling income.

The charity arm was introduced in February 2022 planning to deploy over $100 million in its first 12 months and attain as much as $1 billion in donations.

Regardless of the decline in crypto costs, donations had been stored. On Sep. 23, Future Fund’s Twitter profile introduced “a considerable fraction” of capital to be deployed on researches and initiatives engaged on danger administration for synthetic normal intelligence (AGI), with prizes as much as $1.5 million, in addition to 1000’s of {dollars} in rewards for many who “greatest critiques of our views” about the way forward for synthetic intelligence. 

Related: Companies and investors may need to return billions in funds paid by FTX

FTX’s donations to political events and candidates are additionally under investigation by United States prosecutors. Bankman-Fried was the second-largest “CEO contributor” to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential marketing campaign, with $5.2 million in donations. 

Clawback provisions may power companies and traders to return billions of dollars paid within the months previous to the crypto trade’s collapse, Cointelegraph reported. FTX’s new administration says that “numerous recipients of contributions or different funds” have approached the corporate to return the funds.

On Jan. 4, Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges he faces regarding the collapse of the crypto trade, together with wire fraud, securities fraud, and marketing campaign finance violations. Since Dec. 22, he has been below home arrest at his mother and father’ residence in California.