The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection announced Tuesday that it donated $1 million to the country of Ukraine’s official Ethereum wallet address.
The NFT collection’s Twitter account shared the information along with an Etherscan transaction link showing that it sent 388.999 ETH (a little over $1 million) after being inspired by its community members’ contributions.
NFTs are unique tokens that exist on a blockchain such as Ethereum and signify ownership of an asset. The BAYC was among the first NFT collections to reach a floor price—or minimum “buy-now” price per NFT—of over 50 ETH.
Since then, the BAYC has become a cultural symbol in the NFT space, with celebrities like Eminem, Steph Curry, Jimmy Fallon, and many others “aping” into the collection.
Currently, the BAYC is the second-largest NFT collection of all time based on marketplace OpenSea’s rankings, having registered over 417,000 ETH ($1 billion) in secondary sales.
It’s been inspiring seeing our community come together in support of Ukraine – almost $1m in ETH has been donated to @Ukraine by wallets containing a BAYC ecosystem NFT. Today we’re matching that with a $1m ETH donation of our own. 🦍♥️🇺🇦
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) March 8, 2022
The BAYC donation to Ukraine comes after a number of other Web3 communities—from DAOs to memecoin holders to NFT collections—announced projects and initiatives centered around contributing to Ukraine relief.
To date, Ukraine has received well over $88 million in cryptocurrency donations alone, according to data collated by Merkle Science, and the government currently has about $7 million in Ethereum in its wallet.
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