Ethereum is a programmable blockchain that allows developers from all over the world to build their decentralized applications by coding smart contracts. Ethereum was conceived by Russian-Canadian programming prodigy, Vitalik Buterin, among others. The native token of Ethereum is known as Ether or ETH. The protocol came about when Buterin realized that the blockchain could be used for more than just powering a simple money protocol like Bitcoin.
Ethereum has attracted an enviable community of developers and entrepreneurs, who have created a rich ecosystem on top of the protocol. Ethereum currently hosts a >$100B DeFi (decentralized finance) ecosystem, which is disrupting the way financial instruments work. Plus, Ethereum also gave birth to NFTs, which have since become exceedingly mainstream. ETH is the second largest coin in the market by capitalization.
Several charities around the world accept Ethereum and Ethereum-based tokens. Due to the transparency of the blockchain, you can trace your donations with ease and make sure that they are not getting misused.