Greater Miami Legal Services hosts a cryptocurrency program; starts accepting cryptocurrency donations – The Florida Bar

Greater Miami Legal Services hosts a cryptocurrency program; starts accepting cryptocurrency donations

Jason Kellogg, from left, chair of the Legal Services Community Outreach Committee; Stephanie L. Carman, Member of the Board of Legal Services; Darrell Payne, Member of the Board of Legal Services and former Chairman of the Board; Stanley Wakshlag, Chairman of the Board of the Legal Services Foundation; Francesca de Quesada Covey, Technology Innovation Advisor, Miami-Dade County; Matt Haggman, Opportunity Miami, Miami-Dade Beacon Council; Alpen Sheth, Principal, Borderless Capital; and Monica Vigues-Pitan, executive director of Greater Miami Legal Services.

Greater Miami Legal Services (Legal Services) recently hosted a cryptocurrency roundtable and announced that they are now also accepting tax-deductible cryptocurrency donations.

Hosted by Greenberg Traurig in March, the Business Breakfast Panel, “The Impact of Cryptocurrency on Your Business and Our Community,” focused on the opportunities and challenges that cryptocurrency presents, especially for low-income people and small businesses, as well as its impact on the community.

“Many members of our community are participating in the growing cryptocurrency market, and it’s important to have these conversations to raise awareness and ensure that the overall economic stability of families, small businesses, and our community is protected in this new environment,” Legal Services said. Executive Director Monica Vigues-Pitan.

Panel members included Francesca de Quesada Covey, Technology Innovation Advisor for Miami-Dade County and TheVentureCity Partner, and Alpen Sheth, Senior Director of Borderless Capital. Matt Haggman of Opportunity Miami, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, moderated the discussion on the emerging financial instrument.

The panel considered whether cryptocurrency offers an opportunity to close the gaps in economic and social justice. Both panelists highlighted the importance of demystifying cryptocurrency, agreeing that cryptocurrency will have increasing importance in South Florida’s national and local economies. Panelists also agreed that education is essential so that people are better placed to understand what cryptocurrency is and the implications of using it for financial transactions.

To that end, Dr. Sheth and De Quesada Covey are engaged in projects aimed at educating the community about cryptocurrency, as well as making it more accessible.

At the event, Legal Services also announced that they are now accepting tax-deductible cryptocurrency donations through a partnership with The Giving Block, giving supporters another way to make a difference in people’s lives. low-income families face harsh realities, such as housing. food and income instability and insecurity, compounded by the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To give a cryptocurrency gift, visit Greater Miami Legal Services.

To view the roundtable on demand, click here.

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