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Junior Achievement of New York to Accept Bitcoin Donations

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Just today, the Junior Achievement of New York began accepting donations in Bitcoin. Bitcoin is by far the most expedient way to accept donations and has proven to be a tool to empower individuals around the world. Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) serves as a non-profit organization to empower students in grades K-12 by connecting students with volunteers. Volunteers then work with students in afterschool programs, workplace experiences, in the classroom and also help students develop academic, life and career plans.

Jacqueline Dolly, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications of Junior Achievement New York stated, “We are asking the Bitcoin community to support our fundraising efforts. We are the ONLY Junior Achievement affiliate in the country – and perhaps the world – that has diversified its donor cultivation to include members of the new Bitcoin economy. As part of the world’s largest and oldest economic K-12 education organization, we believe our success will have a huge ripple effect in the philanthropy community.”

Junior Achievement of New York Issued the following release:


For Immediate Release

January 22, 2014


[NEW YORK: NY] – Today, the NYC economic education charity, Junior Achievement of New York, announced it is now accepting Bitcoin donations. JA New York believes expanding its giving options to include Bitcoin acknowledges the changes and innovations shaping an emerging new economy. It also helps to keep Junior Achievement at the forefront of the shifting financial environment of the global economy.

Joseph Peri, president of Junior Achievement of New York said, “By accepting Bitcoin, we are talking in the language of the 21st century global economy. We are also connecting the students we serve to professional role models and career opportunities in the digital economy. We welcome the Bitcoin community to invest in our mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.”

As of today, JA New York’s website is ready to accept Bitcoin donations. We will automatically convert any Bitcoin donations received into U.S. currency. JA New York joins a handful of NY-based charities, like the Foundation for Economic Education, that accept Bitcoin donations.

On January 27, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, JA New York will host a live Facebook Chat and Q&A with Peter Vessenes, Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation. The live Bitcoin chat will focus on the emergence of digital currencies and their growing influence on the way we do business and live our lives in the 21st Century. To participate in Junior Achievement of New York’s Bitcoin conversation, click here to RSVP. ( and Like the JA New York community page ( #BitcoinConvo.


About Junior Achievement of New York

Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA® (JA), the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12th grade programs foster college and career-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 5,000 business and community volunteers, more than 67,000 NYC and Long Island students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace. Visit to share our story of impact and inspiration.

Jacqueline Dolly

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Junior Achievement of New York

420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 205

New York, NY 10170

Contact: 212-907-0046 |

Twitter: @JANewYork


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