How does it work?
Computers these days are way overpowered for every day tasks. You can easily watch a video online and still have plenty of CPU power left over to solve some algorithms for charity. So, while you are browsing the site and streaming video, we are using some of your computer’s excess CPU power to run an algorithm that finds a cryptocurrency called Monero (XMR). It is similar to Bitcoin, but due to differences in the algorithms, it really doesn’t make sense to use a non-GPU CPU to try to find Bitcoin anymore, but Monero is still perfectly suitable for everyday CPU’s and is easier to find.
Why are you doing this? How did you come up with the idea of the site?
Well, we originally conceived of the site as a basic site where people could pull up a browser window and generate donations for their favorite charities. But, that seemed like inviting people to stare at a brick-wall. People want to do good. But, on average, people are not “white knights”, people need some minor incentive to get them moving in the right direction.
That’s when we came up with the idea of streaming videos, games, and audio on the site. If people are actually getting something of value from the site, and we are giving them a reason to stick around; Then, we are generating donations for charity for something that people are doing already: Streaming and watching videos, games, and audio online. People are already watch these popular Youtube channels, so just watch them here, donating some free cash to charity at the same time. That’s where everybody wins!
So, there is a hidden coin miner in the videos?
LOL. No. Nothing is hidden. The miner is in a frame at the top of the page (an AJAX Single Page Application). Not hidden. You can see it working. That’s how we generate the donations for charity, that’s how we pay our bills to keep the site running. There are no ads. We also give notice of the miner whenever anyone visits the site for the first time. We are pretty upfront about all this.
I’ve heard bad things about crypto-mining. Is this malware?
No. Not at all. Unfortunately, crypto-miners got a bad rap when they first came out because some site owners unscrupulously did not let their users know about what they were doing. That wasn’t cool. In actuality, crypto-mining is just an alternative to traditional ads. And, for a site like ours, because our main mission is to donate money to charity, we actually aren’t even allowed to have ads from popular networks like Google Adsense on the site if we donate any of the proceeds to charity. They consider that “incentivized clicking” because people are more likely to click on things just to generate donations for the charity and not because they are actually interested in the advertisers.
So, in some sense, because we can’t be supported by traditional ads, a site like ours could not even function without an alternative revenue source such as crypto-mining.
Do I have to be actually watching or streaming a video in order to generate cash for donations?
Nope. You just have to be on the site.
I can’t see the donations being generated?
Turn your ad-blocker off. If you are using Opera, you will need to go to Settings, and uncheck Block Ads.
The number for my personal donations got reset to 0?
No need to worry. This is a session based variable. So, if you click refresh or come back to the page, the amount of donations for the session is reset. But, any previous session still gets added into the grand total of the donations.
How much is being donated?
We donate 50% of the revenue received from the miner. We take 50% of revenue from the miner for administration, development, currency exchange fees, server and hosting costs, programming, as well as all the individual API calls. All these costs are quite considerable. We are a for-profit company. We have to eat and have bills to pay like everybody else. But, we also want to help people at the same time. 🙂
Are you making money off of ads?
Nope! Not at the moment. Right now we are focused on developing a high quality curated streaming/entertainment site and the miner is the sole source of revenue. We aren’t going to worry about ads at the moment. 100% of the revenue from the site comes from the miner, not ads. So, the other nice thing about our site is that you are getting a totally ad free experience. Not many sites can do that. Youtube, Twitch, and other content providers may embed their own ads, but Streaming4Charity.org is a totally ad-free site.
Note on 4/23/18: We are currently beta testing some ads on mobile devices only. However, per the terms of service with advertisers, none of this revenue from mobile devices is donated to any charities. We are currently running ads only as a test and to establish benchmarks and metrics.
Are you affiliated with Charity: Water or any of the Youtube or Twitch channels or streams?
No. There is no affiliation. We promote channels and content that we like and that we think have value. And, we support charities that we like and we think also add value to people’s lives. But, nope, no affiliation of any kind.
What is being generated?
The amount of cash generated is calculated via recent exchange rates of XMR to USD. Of course, if the exchange rate changes, the amount of cash generated for charity could be more or less USD upon conversion. But, we think the numbers provided are pretty accurate. The donations are calculated via the total number of hashes. So, this could be more or less USD depending on when your charity cashes out and what the value of XMR is relative to USD at that time.
Who are you donating to?
The default charity is Charity: Water, which we think is pretty non-controversial, they provide clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Can my charity get listed? Can my charity benefit from the miner?
Soon! We currently have a limited beta test with some individual charities. We will give you a custom link code for your charity. Then, Anyone using the site via that link code will then be generating donations for you charity. We can cash you out anytime your total donations are over $50. If you would like to be added to the wait list or be considered for the limited and exclusive beta test, please contact us. Also, ask us about creating a custom domain or channel lineup for your charity.
How much can can be raised with Streaming4Charity?
The sky is the limit. Let’s see…if we take just one of the more popular Youtube channels, and in 3 days, one of their popular videos gets about 5,000,000 views. If every one of those people watched the video from Streaming4Charity.org, we estimate that this one video alone would generate about $2,000 in donations! Or, let’s take another example, if we look at one of the most popular games, like Overwatch, on the gaming stream Twitch and everyone watched the respective channels for Overwatch here on Streaming4Charity.org, about $20,000 would be donated to charity in just 24 hours.
Is this going to drain my battery on my cell phone/mobile device?
No. We aren’t jerks. The mining script will recognize if you are on a mobile device and not run. The mining takes up CPU power which is not a big deal for a plugged in laptop. But, it can drain a cell phone’s battery. So, our script detects if you are using a mobile device and you will just be accessing the site regularly with no donations being generated. Just remember to bring the site back up on your desktop when you get plugged in again.
So, can I just leave this going on my work computer overnight? And, it will generate donations for charity?
Yep! Just leave the homepage open even if you aren’t watching or streaming anything. Watch the donations grow in the morning. Do it!
I feel like the site is making the stream/my computer slow?
Maybe. We are currently working on a way to give you control over the speed / % of your CPU. Currently we are at 0.5, but we would like to give you control over how slow or how fast you would like to generate cash for charity. This feature will be available soon.
Can we stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Periscope, Ustream, Facebook Live, Last.Fm, specific Podcasts, etc?
Not yet. We are working on it. We hope to have Hulu, Periscope, and Ustream available soon.
How about Pandora or Spotify?
We are working on making Spotify available. But, keep in mind, Spotify is a subscription service, so you would only be able to stream Spotify on Streaming4Charity.org only if you had a Spotify subscription.
Can you add my YouTube channel as a featured channel?
Maybe. Shoot us an email and we will see. Keep in mind, we are very selective about the content featured on the site though.
I have a suggestion / technical problem?
Let us know! We don’t want to be just a way to generate donations for charity. We also want to provide the highest quality curated free streaming service available. So, if you see a glitch, let us know, please!